Asiate is an upscale restaurant for“on top of the world”, i.e. on top of the best city in the world! Located on the 35th floor of the five-star hotel Mandarin Oriental, in the Time Warner Center building, it boasts one of New York’s most spectacular panoramic city views – and this is the sole reason why people keep coming to Asiate since its opening in 2003.
Asiate is all about the setting and scenery: as soon as you step in the airy dining room, you’ll have a guaranteed “wow” moment as you admire the breathtaking cityscape views on Columbus Circle and Central Park. This is the sort of nature panorama that reminds you how beautiful New York City can truly be (the landscape during the fall season is particularly stunning with Central Park’s abundant foliage). So to make the most of the experience, make sure you beg for a table by the large floor to ceiling windows while you make your booking. Getting a reservation at Asiate is relatively easy, getting a window seat requires some extra work (book well in advance and play the pity card or something…)
Insist on getting a window table while you make your reservation!
Along with the amazing vista, the interior design is sleek, stylish and sophisticated, with comfortable spaced-out seating and an impressive metal tree-branch sculpture elegantly hanging from the ceiling, meant to symbolize the Central Park trees in winter. The most impressive décor detail is their huge exposed wall of wine showcasing over 3,000 bottles!
Best for their lunch deal or a special-occasion brunch!
The menu offers a contemporary New American cuisine, with some small hints of Asian influences, just to give some sense of the name I guess… Asiate is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a choice of an à-la-carte breakfast menu, two-course prix fixe $34 “power lunch” menu and for dinner, a $95 three-course or $135 six-course Chef’s Tasting Menu (wine pairing for $115). There is a $64 three-course prix fixe brunch menu on weekends as well.
The food is decent – the quality of the ingredients is noticeable. However, the small portions and recipes just don’t measure up to the prices. The plating is refined, the service is attentive and knowledgeable, they have a great wine selection – but let’s face it, you are exclusively paying for the unique view.
Asiate predominantly hosts an older or corporate crowd. This is a great place for a business meal (the power-lunch is of good value), to impress an out-of-towner or for a special occasion (perfect for Mother’s Day brunch or a celebratory meal with the parents, for example). For a special date night, bundle a meal at Asiate with a performance at neighboring Lincoln Center or a Broadway show.
Stock up on the great complimentary cookie bar on your way out!
For larger parties up to 12 guests, Asiate has a stunning private dining room with the same outstanding views.
Breakfast: 7 – 10:30am
Lunch: 12 – 2pm (Mon – Fri)
Brunch: 11:45am – 2pm (weekends)
Dinner: 6 – 10pm