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“Too Expensive for Just "Okay" Food”
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Ranked #80 of 14,304 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Broadway
Transit: Marea is located near Columbus Circle, a hub for the A, B, C, D and 1 subways lines. One block east and one block south at 57th St. and 7th Ave guests may utilize either the N, Q, R, W subway lines.
Description: Marea Ristorante, located in one of Manhattans most storied addresses, features Chef Michael White's ode to Italian seafood. From his trademark handmade pastas to his fresh crudo and whole fish, Chef White is committed to reinventing the notion of seafood in New York.
Reviewed February 23, 2014

The re-make of the old San Domenico has been well done. The bar area is comfortable and bright with knowledgeable mixologists. Service was impeccable but the food came out of the kitchen too slowly. Pasta appetizer was small ravioli with sweet breads and a mushroom sauce...very good. My main course of Dover Sole was tasteless and so was my wife's Bronzino. The contorni of wild mushrooms was over-salted and barely edible. The pearl potatoes were very good. It is hard to ruin a panna cotta dessert, but they did. Shaved flavored ice was over the surface.

Thank Frank P
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

Get the bone marrow and octopus pasta. You won't regret it! If you eat one thing there this should be it! It was amazing. Everything there is amazing, but that specific pasta is a must have. They have amazing crudos, but my god that pasta. I still dream of it. I think the pasta gods wept when they created it. Seriously get it. You can't go wrong.
Try the sea urchin with lardo, hmmm lardo. but if you don't like sea urchin don't get it. The duck is pretty good, but everything is just overshadowed by the bone marrow and octopus fuscilli pasta. get that. seriously.

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Reviewed February 14, 2014

There are so many choices in NYC for fine dining, and it seems that bar gets raised higher and higher as new restaurants open, new concepts explored, new trends established. Marea is not so new, relatively speaking, but it is still "young" - and still has the feel of youthful exuberance in its atmosphere, service, and menu. It's hard to believe that an Italian seafood-oriented restaurant can rival the great Le Bernardin, but Marea is at the same level. This was the second time we've dined at Marea, and we can't wait to return. From start (amuse bouche) to finish (house-made mini chocolate cake), we were "wowed," which is no small feat. Highest quality crudo in the city, done with elegance & creativity. And probably one of the best pasta dishes in the world (octopus & bone marrow - simply amazing!). Worth the trip, and worth the price.
We also want to greatly complement the wait staff. We were there the day before the Super Bowl, with every football dignitary in town. A group from the Washington, DC area requested a last minute change - from a table of six to twelve. The wait staff performed an incredible ballet to accommodate, orchestrated by Maitre d' George, which minimized any inconvenience to the other diners. They were busy beyond belief, but we were never rushed, and they were gracious in every way.

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Reviewed February 11, 2014

Marea is a wonderful place for those appreciate fine Italian food and wine. Prepared with care and consideration, and served with elegance and finesse Marea Never pretentious, always low-key and understated, Marea pleases. Every bite seems to whisper, "Tornare presto." (Return soon.)

Thank Steve K
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Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant has the most amazing food. It is very unique and hard to describe! I ordered an eggplant dish for two and was surprised to have it come almost in a fried pouch. Yet it was absolutely delicious. I then had the scallops entrée which was heavenly. My colleagues all had a pasta dish. One had the signature octopus pasta dish which she said was amazing. The wait staff is fantastic and was always there to pick up a dropped napkin or replace a missing utensil. Our waitress knew everything about every dish and answered all of our questions. I was quite impressed.

Thank Shaun B
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