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Marea

Cuisine: Cafe, Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood, Vegetarian

Price: $$$

240 Central Park South

New York, NY 10019 | See Map

Neighborhood: Midtown

(212) 582-5100 | Reserve Online

www.marea-nyc.com

Mon - Thu: 12PM - 11PM

Fri: 12PM - 11:30PM

Sat: 2:30PM - 11:30PM

Sun: 11:30AM - 10:30PM

At A Glance

  • Reservations
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Alcohol
  • Bar
  • Beer/Wine
  • Good For Groups
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Vegetarian Options
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Marea

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“Prepare to be thrilled” at this “all-star” Italian on Central Park South, which presents chef Michael White’s “brilliantly executed” seafood and housemade pastas in “lovely”, “refined” surroundings tended by a staff that’s “gracious and on-cue”; just “dress pretty” and “bring your bank manager” since “they're not shy with the pricing” – though lunch is a "more affordable" option.

About the Restaurant

Marea was chef Michael White's third New York City restaurant (he now has four) when it opened in 2009, and he is using it to send a love letter the Italian Adriatic. And that love focuses on the seafood of the region. The fusilli with red-wine braised octopus and bone marrow has become the stuff of legend, melding surf and turf into a perfectly al dente tangle so rich the miniscule portion is actually a bonus, while the salt-baked whole branzino is spot-on in its simplicity. The buttery leather chairs, high-gloss rosewood, and captains of industry in the main dining room give the impression of a private yacht, but for a less formal (and more budget-friendly) experience, the impressive bar, wrapped in backlit sheet Egyptian onyx, makes a comfortable place for cocktail or a glass of Vermentino wine from Liguria. You can also order a selection of the kitchen's most popular appetizers, pastas, and raw preparations. Especially recommended is the rich antipasti of uni (sea urchin) on toast topped with a sliver of melted lardo (cured pork fat). Like many restaurants in New York, lunch is an especially good value, and Marea's Central Park South location is well positioned for a leisurely walk through Central Park or easy access to a Broadway matinee.

Nearest subway
1, A, B, C, D to 59th St.-Columbus Circle

What to tell a cabbie
Take me Central Park South between Broadway and 7th.

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