Marea - New York City

Marea, meaning (ocean) tide in Italian is located on the shores of Central Park South. With it's walls of lackered dark Zebrawood, illuminated marble 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 on the respect with which they choose and use their 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.

Updated Post - March 2019

Tartare - Yellowfin Tuna, Sunchokes, Radish, Calabrian Chillies

Astice - Nova Scotia Lobster, Burrata, Eggplant, Basil

Fusilli - Red Wine Braised Octopus, Bone Marrow

Torta al Formaggio - Almond Cheesecake, Citrus, Orange Sorbet

Original Post - November 2016

Crudo/Raw - Lancia: Hawaiian Striped Marlin, Sturgeon Caviar, Mussel Vinaigrette

 Antipasti - Pomodoro e Cocomero:
 Heirloom Tomato, Grilled Watermelon, Macadamia, Preserved Lemon, Basil

Pasta fatta in casa/Home made pasta -
Risotto: Red wine, Radicchio, Pecorino Fossa, Hazelnut

Pipette: Shrimp, Seppia, Pecorino

Secondi di Pesce e Carne / Fish & meat dishes - 
Tagliata: Grilled Creekstone 50 Day Dry Aged Sirloin, Braised Romaine, Bone Marrow Panzanella

Spada: Grilled Swordfish, Romesco, Heirloom Tomato, Almond

Dolci/Dessert -
Semifreddo Al Torroncino - Espresso, Nougat, Lemon, Hazelnut, Dulcey

Tasting of three Sorbets

Fun fact: 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 
Thank you for reading my blog.

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