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“Wonderful Hotel 57 restaurant”
Review of Opia

Ranked #4,057 of 13,826 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $30 - $50
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: 57th and Lexington
Transit: Two blocks from 4,5,6,N,Q,R trains (59th Street/Lexington Avenue station). Four blocks from E,M trains (Lexington Avenue/53rd Street station).
Description: Opia Restaurant is a very welcome addition to New York’s East 57th Street, a secluded, comfortable French oasis in the big city. The upstairs bar, lounges and dining room range from truly chic comfort to an intimate and subdued dining room. The bar and lounge is the largest area of the restaurant, so you’ll definitely want to schedule relaxation time there. The ambience is markedly friendly and buzzing. The arched windows and high ceilings create a splendid sense of space in the crowded old city, and it is a delight. The menu is French in the style we like best these days, inflected with the flavours of all the Mediterranean. Try starter of tuna tartare with yellow fin tuna, pickled ginger, wasabi avocado mousse, mango and yuzu sesame dressing, or an entree of roasted poussin in an orange glaze, or perhaps a delectable cut of dulce de leche flan for dessert. The wine list is thoughtful and offers much choice among the affordable with almost irresistible temptation among the reserve list.
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“Wonderful Hotel 57 restaurant”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

Hotel dining is always iffy - but this restaurant at Hotel 57 is first rate - excellent meu and wine list. Live music...

Visited August 2012
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“Less than enthused... Won't return anytime soon”
Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

Ate during restaurant week and chose from the 3 course menu. The cold mint pea soup was relatively tasteless with way too much cream. Main course of Coq Au Vin tasted like alcohol and the Coq was almost unedible. Bread was stale and frankly totally underwhelmed.

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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“Nice location, so-so food”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

I love Opia for it's location and style -- a second floor location with french doors out to small balconies with some outdoor seating makes it a great place for breakfast on a sunny, warm day. However, the food was mediocre -- with slightly scorched french toast and home-style potatoes that seemed like something from the freezer.

Visited June 2012
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Food, Wine and Song!”
Reviewed April 12, 2012

Went to hear Cyrille Aimee sing on this particular evening (music in lounge twice weekly) but really enjoyed the food as well. We chose dishes from both the bar menu and dinner menu, and every choice was excellent. The mussels and hanger steaks were exceptional. Cocktails and wine pours were generous. This was just the bar/lounge-we look forward to trying the restaurant in the near future.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank PeterAL10
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OpiaRestaurant, Guest Relations Manager at Opia, responded to this review, August 15, 2012
We are so glad you enjoyed your time here at Opia! CyrilleAimee was exceptional that night and we are happy that you were able to share that experience with us. We hope to see you again!
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New York City, New York
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“Wasted $”
Reviewed April 5, 2012

The only reason I gave this place 3 stars is because it had a nice, funky vibe, a really swanky private dining area, and good (good I said, not great) salads. Maybe it was just my experience on that day but it kind of sucked. Opia is in the Renaissance hotel on 57th - and the hotel itself has a really cool entrance but the restaurant/bar itself doesn't quite fit the decor and definitely not the style.

The food is French-influenced. Some dishes on the menu were inexorably French while others really weren't at all. The menus were kind of cheesy - granted its a hotel lobby restaurant but I expected more from Renaissance than plastic sleeved stock menus.

The waitress was a bit snobby. Heavily accented and very distant. We must not have been the only ones with bad service because the guy at the table right next to us got up and threw his napkin and stormed to the host about something mid-meal.

Anyway, the bread took 15 minutes to hit the table (and though I don't eat the bread usually, by then I was so hungry that I didn't care). The salads (very simple ones) took nearly 25 minutes to come out and I had to ask the waitress twice. Not bad - the spinach salad was very good, a bit light on dressing. The endive and roquefort was a little over bitter and also light on dressing (at least make it so I can taste it).

Ten minutes after salads the entree (it was supposed to be a light meal during our evening walks) showed up - a Moroccan lamb chop with cous cous. The lamb was very good and well seasoned but it basically ended there. The cous cous was pretty flavorless but the worst was the "soup" that they served with it (not even sure why, it totally did not go with the meal) - a chicken broth with 5 small chunks of vegetable and had absolutely ZERO flavor.

Anyway, for $70, two salads and an entree does not cut it. So in the course of writing the review, I actually just downgraded this to two stars. Foo.

  • Visited April 2012
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Thank Mat R
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