A sense of romance steps from Central Park
Contemporary American cuisine reaches new levels of perfection at Asiate, the restaurant located inside Mandarin Oriental, New York. The sophisticated space is an ideal setting for the well-executed fare, which infuses an elegant touch of Asian flair. Signature dishes include butter poached lobster, Wagyu beef tenderloin and "Buckwheat and Eggs" with homemade noodles osetra caviar and uni cream. Take in the views of Central Park through the 16-foot windows; the glittering tree-branch sculpture hanging from the ceiling; the beautiful china on your table; and the wine collection, which fills up an entire wall of the space. Asiate is just right for a celebration dinner or a power lunch.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Chef de cuisine Angie Berry brings to the kitchen at Asiate an affinity for American cuisine with Asian influences. Pulling from her background in the arts, the New York chef creates innovative and delicious menus.

• Asiate will make a terrific backdrop to your romantic dinner with someone special. Located high above Central Park on the 35th floor within Mandarin Oriental, New York, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant offers unparalleled views of Midtown New York’s skyline, Central Park and Columbus Circle.

• The chef de cuisine at Asiate, Angie Berry, doesn’t typically make the rounds in the dining room and visit tables during service hours. However, like with all reasonable requests, the staff at Asiate will do its best to get the chef on the dining room floor if you’re interested in picking his culinary mind.

• Four words: 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; it’s a must have.
Things to Know
• The restaurant serves as the main dining room for the towering Mandarin Oriental, New York, so the dining room can fill up quickly. Make reservations for the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant through the hotel concierge, by calling the restaurant directly or by booking on OpenTable.

• Asiate only serves tasting menus. If you want a light bite, this New York restaurant may not be the best place for dinner because the restaurant only serves two menus: a three-course prix fixe and a seven-course tasting menu.

• The menu at Asiate mixes contemporary American fare with Asian influences. On the prix fixe three-course menu, you can expect a range of inventive and delicious dishes like the signature Buckwheat and Eggs, made with soba noodles, osetra caviar and uni cream or the Hawaiian blue prawns and scallops in a coconut broth.

•  Lunch at this New York restaurant is a steal; dinner is a splurge. Dinner costs either $90 for a three-course prix fixe menu or $135 for a seven-course tasting menu, with an additional wine pairing for $95.

• Asiate is a great spot for cocktails.  With an extensive list that’s divided into seasonal, signature, modern classics.
The Food
• Chef de cuisine Angie Berry is skilled at combining Asian and American cuisines, exemplified in the restaurant’s signature dishes like buckwheat and eggs, prepared with soba noodles, osetra caviar and uni cream. She also mixes it up a little with the Wagyu beef with smoked potato purée and yuzu koshu, a peppery paste made from the rind of an aromatic Japanese citrus fruit and chilies.

• You vegan and vegetarian diners are in luck: Asiate serves up a seasonal vegetable platter among its main dinner courses. Typically the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant will feature a meatless appetizer as well, such as the squash soup with Parmesan tuile and truffle brioche or the rich chestnut risotto with stravecchio cheese, Asian pear and truffle.

• 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.

• Among the seasona cocktail 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.

• When you dine at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant inside Mandarin Oriental, New York, you'll notice that every component on the plate contributes to the dish's overall taste and texture. For example, if there’s an herb on a carefully composed plate, it’s actually a flavorful micro herb, such as micro parsley or micro cilantro, and not merely decoration.
Getting There
80 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10023
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