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Mon - Thu: 12PM - 11PM
Fri: 12PM - 11:30PM
Sat: 2:30PM - 11:30PM
Sun: 11:30AM - 10:30PM
"Memorable" is putting it mildly at chef Michael White's Columbus Circle "stunner", again voted NYC's No. 1 Italian thanks to "exquisite" seafood and pasta dispatched in a "quiet", "contemporary" setting by a "skilled, unobtrusive" team; it draws a "dressed-up" crowd of "celebs" and "one-percenters" who bring an "extra credit card" to settle the "astronomical" checks – though lunch is a "more affordable" option.
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.
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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