From Our Editors
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is a fitting setting for Asiate, the glass-walled restaurant perched on its 35th floor. Executive chef Toni Robertson seamlessly blends Asian and American influences in dishes such as Long Island foie gras with berries and hibiscus and butter-poached lobster with white polenta and an emulsion made from kaffir limes. The suggested wine pairings that Robertson lists on her tasting menu are especially helpful, given that Asiate’s wine and cocktail list is a staggering 42 pages long. Even more awe-inspiring than the wine list is the view from Asiate’s floor-to-ceiling windows. The twinkling lights of the Manhattan skyline surround diners, who need not even look outside to be dazzled. Just overhead is a glistening ceiling sculpture inspired by Central Park in the winter. It calls to mind the park’s icy branches, just as the white-clothed tables recall days when the park is blanketed in snow or wrapped in fabric by Christo.