““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
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.