Marea is a beautiful high end Italian restaurant located on Central Park South not far from Columbus Circle. It is probably the most upscale Italian restaurant (outside of Italy) that I have eaten in since Mama Leone’s many years ago. The restaurant is beautiful, the food was perfect and the overall ambiance was excellent. My wife and I ate dinner there on a Saturday evening, and it was half full when we got there, but quite full by the end of our meal, but the service was perfect throughout.
They have a wonderful menu and a wonderful wine selection. We had chef’s surprise appetizers (salmon tartare), “zuppa” with Sicilian couscous and shellfish, grilled octopus (picture attached), which was the most succulent octopus I have ever had, a seafood dish with lump crabmeat, sea urchin and basil, and swordfish with pumpkin puree, beans, greens, and almonds. The swordfish was just perfect and a picture is attached.
We also had a couple of glasses of nice wine (a Sancerre and an Avellino), and washed it all down with Vin Santo and Moscato d’Asti. The chef also sent out a dessert surprise (2 tiny profiterols), and we had a portion of cheese as well. Everything was perfect. The price was $205 + tip.