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Marea - New York City
November 2016 (2023 update below)
Marea, meaning (ocean) tide in Italian is located on the shores of Central Park South. With its walls of lacquered dark Zebra-wood, illuminated onyx bar and grand Murano glass chandeliers, this elegant restaurant fits in perfectly in the posh Columbus Circle neighborhood. I've enjoyed the prix fixe lunch menu here on previous occassions, but this time I opted for dinner. Marea prides itself not only on serving a refined seafood & shellfish selection, but also their standards for sourcing high quality ingredients, and use the use of those ingredients. My grand mother would roll her eyes, but Executive Chef Michael White's hand made pasta is indeed award winning. Marea holds two Michelin stars, and amongst other accolades was named Best Italian Restaurant in NYC by Zagat - sorry Little Italy aficionados. The seafood- outstanding, the crowd- cosmopolitan and the atmosphere - vibrant. A writer is being interviewed on the right, and a foreign Diplomat discusses wine selections with his colleagues on the left. This is New York. I hope you enjoy my Dined There at Marea.
Lots has changed in the city that never sleeps since my last visit to Marea. Outdoor dinning structures are now permitted year round, once beloved bars & restaurants all around the city have unfortunately closed permanently due to the pandemic, and for Marea, a changing of the guard took place. In this case, the successor was in the ranks since day one; May 2009 to be precise. Even before Chef Michael White's departure to join the Lido Restaurant in the Four Seasons Surfside, it's Marea's once sous chef, Lauren DeSteno, who stepped into the role. As Corporate Executive Chef for Altamarea (ownership group) the Eleven Madison Park Alum is a leader of zero (food) waste initiative and has applied those same principals on to the restaurant's policies. Along with maintaining the highest of standards of cuisine that regulars have grown accustom too, Chef also believes it's important to create & innovate, all while constantly strengthening client relationships. After having navigated the restaurant and its team through the pandemic, the shores of Central Park are still little rocky, and it's a challenge that DeSteno welcomes with determination and excitement for the future after the restaurant's summer 2023 renovation.
Anatra - Long Island Duck Breast, Fig Mostarda, Smoked Mushroom
Chef and owner Michael White, on many occasions, has been asked to cook for U.S. presidents. As you can see from the mouthwatering photos above, with good reason! With the help of Beverage Director Francesco Grosso, Marea has not only been recognized in the culinary world, but also the wine world, receiving the "Best Of" Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Along his 8 years at Marea, Francesco has helped fill the wine cellars with over 800 labels, half of which being European whites. High Marea or low Marea, I highly suggest you visit this high end Italian restaurant on your next visit to Manhattan. For more information, visit Marea's website at www.Marea-nyc.com
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