Business executives and well-heeled diners flock to Marea for their superbly executed Italian creations. It’s a reliable place that keeps crowds happy. Located at 240 Central Park South (just across the park), the restaurant is elegant yet unstuffy. And the service is warm and welcoming.
Executive chef Lauren DeSteno is responsible for the fine seafood-centric menu here. Start with antipasti of grilled octopus partnered with smoked potato, radish, pickled red onion, chilli and tonnato sauce. Or tuck into the perfect combination of plump and naturally sweet Nova Scotia lobster mingling with creamy burrata, basil and eggplant al funghetto. For the dinner menu, several types of raw fish and shellfish are offered on the crudo section.
What’s really sublime is the selection of house-made pastas. Recommended ones are the signature fusilli bound with richly flavoured red wine braised octopus and bone marrow as well as the Sicilian-style casarecce fused with jumbo lump crab meat, uni puree, basil and Calabrian chilli.
For mains you can choose to have whole fish or pan-seared dover sole among other seafood dishes. Portions are not too massive so you’ll have room for desserts like the signature tiramisu. The cube shaped cake is filled with luscious mascarpone mousse, espresso sabayon, chocolate crumble, and served with mascarpone gelato. The wine selections are substantial and include mainly wines from Italy, France and the US and a few more uncommon labels from Greece and Slovenia.
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