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“A Last Minute Choice”
Review of Opia

Ranked #4,123 of 14,015 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $30 - $50
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, 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.
Reviewed November 4, 2013

We ended up at Opia after Tao was unable to honor our dinner reservation. At 11:30PM on a Friday night, there aren't a lot of choices but we found Opia on Open Table. French wasn't our first choice as we had it scheduled for the following night but there wasn't many other places in the immediate vacinity that were still serving. We arrived and found that ironically, it was located in the hotel we were staying at! We were seated and didn't know quite what to make of the service at first as it seemed somewhat informal but it jelled quickly. We always had everything we needed and both the server and her assistant ended up being very attentive while unobtrusive. Given the hour, we never felt the least bit rushed.

As it was nearly midnight and we hadn't eaten since an early lunch, we quickly emptied the bread basket while enjoying our wine and were immediately brought more. The restaurant is small and kind of funky, and we appreciated the quiet atmosphere (despite the fact several other tables were occupied) and views.

We both started with the delicious beet salad. It's all beets (and quite generously so) and goat cheese so you really have to love beets to love this salad. We ordered salmon (somewhat pedestrian but prepared exactly as requested) and cod (quite excellent, actually). For dessert, the pumpkin tart was just average--in reality, a piece of rather thin pumpkin pie--but the accompanying coffee was fresh and hot and rich and delivered precisely when I asked for it to be.

An enjoyable experience that next time, won't be a last minute decision.

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Thank jaxandmci
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Chicken on a baguette was tasty, fries were crisp and crunchy. Foie gras with pear jelly was awesome, onion soup was the one dish that was so-so. Husband's chicken dish had a wonderful sauce on it that was different than usual chicken fare.

Thank M K
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Service, atmosphere, and food a great place to relax and eat. Eat on the terrace overlooking 57th and Lexington

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Stooped for dinner while staying at the hotel; the food was ok (had short ribs). I have to agree that I was not sure about the waiter that was serving me (3 different, as other reviews say). Other than that, the meat tasted very good and they were able to accommodate a request to change the side of my dish.

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Thank marlonfl
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

They were out of menu items, and was served a very ordinary sandwich for a ridiculous price. I was not impressed, it was a beautiful room.

Thank mary151
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