“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”
Gourmet on the Go
Located on the 35th floor of New York City's five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel, the gorgeous Asiate boasts floor-to-ceiling window views of Central Park and the Upper West Side. The restaurant offers elegance, impeccable service and delicate, Asian-inspired cuisine.
Each day, chef Brandon Kida prepares a charming mélange of dishes that blend Japanese, American, French and contemporary elements. Highlights include étuvée with bay scallops; langoustine; little-neck clams and hearts of palm with a coconut-herb broth; savory honey-glazed pork chop with dandelion greens and mustard jus; and an incredibly fresh sashimi course. For the adventurous, Asiate features sumptuous tasting menus for both lunch and dinner. The proprietary Mandarin Oriental exotic teas alone are worth the trip.
Asiate at Mandarin Oriental, 80 Columbus Circle, New York, N.Y., (212) 805-8881, www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork/dining.