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80 Columbus Cir. , Mandarin Oriental Hotel
New York , NY , United States
(212) 805-8881

The view: The 16-foot-high windows in this Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s restaurant, Asiate, offer views of Midtown Manhattan’s sleek vertical marvels and the leafy urban oasis of Central Park. From the elegant 35th-floor dining room, the buzz of the city recedes, leaving a glittering otherworldly metropolis.

The food: Chef Toni Robertson, a native of Burma, brings subtle Asian flavors and classical French training to the menu, with entrees like black bass with stir-fried Asian vegetables and ginger-lemongrass infused consommé, as well as roasted duck breast with five-spiced miso glaze.

Tip: For a drink, a snack or afternoon tea, try the Mandarin Oriental’s 35th floor Lobby Lounge, which also offers breathtaking views.

From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List

Not the usual dismal Sino-Scottish gastronomic compromise, this Chinese-Malaysian restaurant serves boldly flavorful regional dishes, full of standout ingredients like shrimp paste, coconut milk, lime leaf and chiles. Though basic and functional in design and lit with unforgivingly harsh bulbs, it brings in a steady clientele of Chinese diners, off-duty chefs and devoted locals.

We loved: Soft-shell crab stir-fried with salt and chiles.

Insider tip: One portion of many dishes can easily serve two or three normal appetites.

Last updated 2012-02-21 22:13:29 UTC
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