Chef Diego Oka Makes his NYC Restaurant Debut

The beloved Miami chef Diego Oka is making a move to New York City!  But don’t worry Miamians– it’s only temporary!

Oka will be showing off his culinary mastery at pop-up event at the Restaurant Asiate from October 2 to 6. Chef Oka has dazzled diners at the restaurant La Mar at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami, but for five days he will be bringing Peruvian flavors to Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. 

During the first week of October, Oka’s cuisine will be presented through a four-course lunch and a six-course dinner.

So what will Oka be serving up to lucky NYC diners?

Some of the dishes on the pop-up menu include the Arroz la Mar, which is wok-prepared aji panca, aji amarillo, scallops and jumbo shrimp topped with criolla sauce and huancaina; the Cebiche Elegante, which is fluke, lobster, sea urchin in a spicy leche de tigre, choclo, cancha and sweet potato; and the Chica Morada Sorbet, which is Peruvian purple corn infused with cinnamon and cloves, served with Pisco. 

The beverage team at Asiate as collaborated with the La Mar team to offer cocktails and wines that perfectly pair with the Peruvian-inspired dishes. 

Oka has had an impressive career in his 16 years as a culinary professional.

Oka got his start as an intern to celebrity chef Gaston Acurio.

Fast forward to 16 years laters, this passionate chef has worked as the executive chef at renowned restaurants all over the world.

He has been instrumental in developing Acruio’s La Mar restaurants around the globe, but the Miami location is the first in a hotel. 

He has been the head chef at Acurion in Peru, La Mar Cebicheria in Colombia, La Mar Cebicheria in San Francisco, La Mar Cebicheria in Mexico City and most recently, he is the executive chef at La Mar at Miami’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel. 

Now he will be giving NYC a taste of his cuisine during his next culinary adventure at Asiate.