“Um, private jets? I have such a hard time flying commercial. I always want to—it’s cheaper, it’s easier—but there can be 300 perfectly lovely people at the gate and one crazy person who ruins it for everyone, so flying private is great because I don’t have to worry.” ”
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.