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240 Central Park S New York, NY 10019
240 Central Park SouthUSNew YorkNew York10019
(212) 582-5100marea-nyc.com
$$$$Italian Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Brunch Restaurant
Bar
Today 12–11:30PM
Friday 12–11:30PMSaturday 11:30AM–11:30PMSunday 11:30AM–10:30PMMonday 12–11PMTuesday 12–11PMWednesday 12–11PMThursday 12–11PM
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At Marea the Altamarea Group & Chef Michael White present a fresh interpretation of coastal Italian seafood, heavily influenced by ingredients drawn from the four bodies of water surrounding the boot.
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High-end Italian seafood & housemade pastas from Michael White in a chic Central Park South setting.- Google
"The octopus fusilli w/ bone marrow is jaw droppingly delicious."
"Love the sea urchin pasta here."
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This is my favorite place for pasta and crudos. Best deal is $99 dinner course with crudo, pasta, protein and dessert.We thought it offered too much food so ended up ordering a couple of crudo dish, pasta for each of us and dessert but the bill ended up more than $99/ person. Two Mechlin stars that is amazingly delicious and affordable!
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Krystal Yu
3 months ago
Their ricci appetizer is one of my favorite things in this world. All their pastas are delicious, but I really really like the fusilli and the strozzapreti. One of my favorite restaurants in New York.
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Kevin Chiu
4 months ago
Some of the best seafood and handmade pasta in town. Their Uni lardo crostini is incredible, as are the many crudo selections. It is a swankier place though so if you choose to come, try to dress up a bit. The crowd is also on the older side. But still definitely worth a visit, one of my favorite Italian / seafood restaurants in town.
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Kelly Anne
4 months ago
Staff and hosts are incredibly rude. Didn't have a reservation but walked in asking very nicely if we could make one for later and they said the were "currently booked for now and the upcoming evening" for un classy people like us. Walked outside to look into the window and the place was a ghost town. Nobody was inside. So to say the least they're racist and liars. Would never go there. Worst 5 minutes of my life wasted.
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Alice Wang
a month ago
As a nod to our four year strong relationship, my boyfriend and I had our anniversary at Marea. Having thoroughly enjoyed Osteria Morini in DC, we wanted to experience Chef Michael White's culinary masterpiece firsthand. Touted as a 2-starred Michelin restaurant and the best Italian restaurant in Manhattan by Zagats, we were eager to experience Marea. If the four dollar sign tag to Marea scares you, try going during lunch which remains a more economical possibility than dinner, which more or less caters to the 1% crowd. Lunch is $47 per person with the five course tasting menu being $80 and $150 with the wine pairing. We opted for the five course tasting menu. With the tasting menu, both parties must agree to it. A few substitutions can be made but both parties have to eat the same dishes. The only substitution we made was for our seafood dish; instead of the capesante, we asked for the branzino. First, we started off with cocktails. I got the Mela Pera, which is Grey Goose vodka, elderflower, St. Elizabeth allspice dram, and lime. My boyfriend ordered the Milano, a Stolichnaya vodka with campari, cocchi americano, and aranciata soda. Both cocktails were fantastic. My Mela Pera was light and sweet, while my boyfriend's Milano struck the right balance of bitterness and sweetness. Primo: Assagio di tre (tasting of three crudo aka raw fish) Antipasti: Astice (Nova Scotia lobster with burrata, eggplant, and basil) Secondo pasta: Fusilli (durum wheat pasta with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow) Secondo pesce e carne: Branzino (local striped bass with garbanzos, sweet peppers, 'nduja, kohlrabi, and fennel) Dessert: Creme fraiche panna cotta with tropical fruits, macadamia nuts, and pineapple basil granita After we ordered, a wave of plates made their way to our table in a well-coordinated, well-timed dance. Our first course, the tasting of the crudo, started the entire meal on the right foot. Each raw fish piece is as tender and delicious as the last. Not to mention, each piece was also light enough to get our appetites going without filling us up immediately. The second course, our astice, was again wonderful. I loved the pieces of creamy lobster mingled with chunks of rich burrata cheese. The creaminess fused with the eggplant. Our third course was my favorite. Their famous fusilli dish. Let me just agree with the other 1000+ reviews that the fusilli was phenomenal. I've never had fusilli like this and I probably will never have it like this at any other restaurant. Durum wheat is a tricky wheat to make into pasta, but Chef White and his staff do an impeccable job. The sauce is baby octopus that's been braised in a red wine, tomatoes, garlic, and basil concoction. The bone marrow is added which complements the octopus. The finished dish is a gorgeous work of art - fusilli intermixed with octopus and sprinkled with shavings of bone marrow in an emulsified sauce. The octopus is sweet, balanced by the smoothness of the bone marrow, and the tartness of the sauce. I highly recommend that if you do not get the fusilli for your tasting, to either substitute or order it as an add-on. It's definitely a must-try. The branzino is hands down, the best branzino I've had. The exterior of the fish is crispy while the inside is moist and flaky. Very light which contrasted with the crunchy eggplant. Very delicious. Our dessert course featured the panna cotta, which is usually not a dessert I like. However, Chef Robert Truitt and his pastry team do a fabulous job to finish up this meal. The creme fraiche panna cotta paired with the various fruits topped with macadamia nuts was the perfect end to our perfect meal. If you can try Marea, I would highly, highly recommend splurging for it.
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B. Y.
4 months ago
One of just a handful of restaurants I would give full points. Almost took off one star because of the slightly stuffy feel, but that's more a factor of the clientele than the place itself, which is quite pleasant. And I couldn't remove a star due to the level of cooking: though working under the chef/owner's rules, the chef de cuisine has real cooking chips of her own that come through in the impeccably executed, sometimes inventive, and always delicious creations. Try anything with unique or bone marrow, especially when paired with the truly excellent hand-made pastas. They're as good as some of the best in Italy. Service is friendly and not overbearing, and lunch is a relative bargain (though no meal here is inexpensive). Definitely worth a taste. A quick note on my rating scale: 5 stars = exceptional food & service; 4 stars = excellent food & service; 3 stars = decent to good (top-of-the-line for fast service restaurants); 2 stars = mediocre; 1 star = not recommended.
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Jonas Brandon
4 months ago
The octopus fusilli w/ bone marrow is jaw droppingly delicious. Incredible service. The corner table on the main floor is especially nice. Private rooms are also lux.
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Cindy Tran
5 months ago
I came for lunch on both occasions. I ordered the Tartare which is very fresh and each element of the dish complimented each other. I am starting to really like capers with my raw seafood because it is a good pairing. My friend ordered Astice. It's definitely worthy of trying as well because the lobster is cooked perfectly, but it's chilled and then you get a bit of the citrus and it all make sense in the world. We both ordered the strozzapreti which the sea urchin, crab, and basil. The sea urchin paste with crab is to die for. Their pasta is hand-made. It's just a must-have period. I have tried their other pasta Tagliolini, but that's just okay. Their dessert is good as well. We had Strati Di Cioccolato. I usually don't like dark chocolate, but the pistachio gelalto is particularly sweet so it balanced out the bitterness of the dark chocolate cake. I come here everytime I visit the city because it is a definitely must! It's missing a star because of the standoff attitude of the employees, but they are all tentive to your refreshments. They have complimentary bag/coat check and it is efficient.
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