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Asiate serves a unique blend of contemporary American cuisine made with Asian ingredients and features a meal for every budget, from an affordable three-course lunch to a splurge-worthy seven-course tasting dinner menu. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant, located on the 35th floor of the sleek Mandarin Oriental, New York, is known for breathtaking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle and is a favorite of hotel guests for its sophisticated décor and extensive drink offerings. The entire menu is sure to please your palate, but there are a few things we think are the cream of the crop:
1. Hawaiian blue prawn appetizer. Pair of head-on prawns cuddle with two gently seared scallops, served in a coconut broth dotted with tapioca pearls and garnished with crunchy sea beans and fresh heart of palm. The sauce was brightly accented with lemongrass and each element of the dish blended perfectly to create a symphony of flavors and textures. It’s a must-order.
2. Buckwheat and eggs. The restaurant’s signature is a classic example of how the chefs use Asian ingredients to enhance a more traditional dish. Made with soba noodles, osetra caviar and uni (sea urchin) cream, it’s a highlight of both the prix-fixe and tasting menus.
3. Seven-course tasting menu. If you’re looking for a splurge, try the New York restaurant's seven-course tasting menu for $135. It showcases the chef’s skills at creating delicious and inventive dishes with ingredients like raw fish, noodles, and beef. The menu changes frequently to include local, in-season produce and seafood. Wine pairings — ranging from Schramsberg California sparkling wine bubbly to junmai sake to a robust Bordeaux — complement the menu for an additional $95 per person. The tasting menu is only available until 9:30 p.m., though, so you’ll want to make your reservation on the early side.
4. Chocolate desserts. There’s usually a decadent chocolate dessert on the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant's tasting menu that’s a must-try; we sampled the signature melt-in-your-mouth warm chocolate cake with toasted milk gelato and candied violets, as well as the indulgent chocolate soufflé served with smooth praline ice cream and an exotic chocolate-chili-orange sauce.
5. Seasonal cocktails. Among the seasonal favorites at Asiate is the wintry Madam Peppercorn, made with Patrón añejo tequila, pink peppercorns, maple syrup, grapefruit bitters and lime and grapefruit juices. Come spring, the MO Chéri, prepared with cherry blossom tea-infused vodka, plum sake, pomegranate and lime juice, fits the bill — and is garnished with a single purple orchid.