New York City is a city that begs to be enjoyed from up above with the flickering lights of skyscrapers and historical icons. The city itself at ground level is a beguiling vixen, but it's the aerial views that fully enchant and satisfy your senses. One of the best places to soak up the splendor of the Big Apple is on the 35th floor of the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel at Asiate Restaurant in Columbus Circle. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer one of the best panoramas of New York City--a true feast for the eyes.
I fully appreciated the prix fixe menu with a modern take on the Japanese cuisine. I ordered the quinoa-encrusted scallops while my friend ordered venison as the main course. Though I didn't try the venison, she commented on it being the best she's ever had. The meal was initiated with a lobster starter followed by a flavorful butternut squash soup. I loved watching the waiter pour the steaming soup onto a plate full of mushrooms and herbs--perfect presentation. We polished off the meal with a cappuccino and warm gingerbread--delicious!
An Asia-inspired menu coupled with glorious panoramic views of a snowy Central Park made for a perfect lunch in New York City.