Seafood Restaurant and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Central Park, New York
283 Tips and reviews
  • seafood
  • fusilli
  • bone marrow
  • octopus
  • good for dates
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 22
    For the fusili, fresh octopus is first braised in red wine and tomato sauce. The pasta is then tossed in the sauce, and the chunks of bone marrow are added to the mix. Read more
    Upvoted Jul 25
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 2
    The perfectly rolled fusilli at Marea is populated with a generous serving of braised octopus and rich bone marrow. I enjoy this dish with a nicely chilled glass of Chablis–it's the perfect pairing. Read more
  • Dina
    DinaApril 24, 2014
    Best pasta in NYC. Expensive but has a 2 course lunch option for $45. Grilled octopus and lobster for appetizers are fantastic. For pasta, fusilli with bone marrow and octopus is a must.
    Upvoted Jul 26
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 14, 2015
    Chef Michael White's "colossal menu presents ... freshly caught pagello and branzino from Italy, as well as lobster from Nova Scotia and sea scallops from Rhode Island." -The New Yorker on TripExpert Read more
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    A full serving of the strozzapreti runs $33, but it comes with all the fixings: fresh lumps of jumbo crab and sea urchin, tossed in a delicate sauce and sprinkled with basil. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 11, 2012
    Order the now-famous fusilli with octopus & bone marrow or the spaghetti with sea urchin and crab. For those that don't like fish, the aged sirloin steak with bone marrow panzanella. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Ana Marie 💃
    Ana Marie 💃April 16, 2015
    Try the crudos! Had tuna, cuddlefish and branzino...excellent. The octopus fusilli was highly recommended and definitely met up to the hype. Great resto!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyOctober 8, 2013
    It was the best decision to mix seafood and Italian when we ordered the Fusilli. The homemade pasta cooked al dente is perfectly accompanied by a rich bone marrow and braised octopus cooked tender.
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaAugust 10, 2015
    Must try the crab and uni pasta. Also loved the grilled octopus and mozzarella en carrozza. Overall amazing dining experience.
  • Qbertplaya
    QbertplayaNovember 18, 2013
    They are wheelchair accessible and very kind towards my family, which is a huge plus. The food, though pricey, is excellent and was a great venue for my Dad's 70th bday. He ate everything. :-)
  • Caroline R.
    Caroline RubinDecember 29, 2014
    Get the ricci and astice to start (uni and lobster w/ burrata). The strozzapreti and the fusilli were both amazing pastas!
  • Rachel R.
    Amazing Italian seafood spot on the Southern end of Central Park. Amazing lunch prix fixe - the grilled octopus is a must! Marscapone panna cotta is also a unique treat.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksAugust 19, 2014
    Check out Michael White's newest restaurant Marea in Central Park. Serving up the iconic fusilli with red wine-braised octopus and bone marrow. It's a must have in New York. Read more
    ThePurplePassport.comJanuary 23, 2012
    We love the painstaking attention to detail: everything from the tableware to the exotic species of fish is chosen with utmost care. And that spaghetti with crab and sea urchin… we can't get enough! Read more
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouApril 12
    The house-made fusilli with bone marrow and baby octopus tentacles in an unctuous tomato ragout was a rich, rib-sticking contender. Sedanini swimming in a smoky cod-chowder sauce was another. -TimeOut
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Marea highlights the best in seafood and Italian cuisine. The famed pastas, such as the Fusili with Octopus and Bone Marrow, and Garganelli with Crab, never disappoint.
  • Cheryl
    CherylFebruary 28, 2013
    The handmade pastas are their specialty - we tried the sea urchin one, the octopus bone marrow one, and the duck ragu and all of them were delicious. The service was also wonderful!
  • Miguel L.
    Miguel LopezJune 19, 2015
    The fusilli with octopus was amazing. And they also have one of the best Bloody Mary's I've had in the city. I wasn't crazy about the primi piati choices, but eh.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 24, 2011
    #4 - IWalked NYC's Top 10 Italian Restaurants. Specializes in Italian coastal cuisine (variety of seafood dishes). Bright/airy ambience is perfect dining experience after walk in Central Park.<LINK> Read more
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SavvaJuly 14, 2013
    Freshest seafood in the city! We had the crab and sea urchin pasta, the shrimp pancetta ravioli, and the branzino. Would recommend all three. Very expensive but worth the splurge ;)
  • Susanna M.
    Excellent meal and experience! I'd highly recommend although you can probably skip the uni toast. I love uni toast but this one is good but can pass.
  • M M.
    M MApril 15, 2012
    Fancy Pants right across from Central Park South, I felt under dressed. Prix Fixe is a good way to go. Bone marrow and octopus Pasta was good the Panna cotta dessert was So good.
  • Brett M.
    Brett MJanuary 10, 2013
    Sugarbush is a fantastic mix of bourbon and maple syrup. Combine with some foie gras and Hawaiian swordfish and leave happy, or have the lobster ravioli and leave euphoric.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 4, 2013
    On any given visit, you’ll see famous faces (as well as “upper-generation” folks) at Michael White’s restaurant. Order fusilli with red wine-braised octopus and bone marrow.
  • Pramod P.
    Pramod PaiMay 8, 2015
    They offers seafood selections devoted to crudo, a wide variety of raw oysters, clams and antipasti.
  • yusi x.
    yusi xieJuly 7, 2014
    Their sea urchin dish is sooo delicious. I forgot the name of that dish but it's one of the most fresh uni that I ever had. It's a place worth trying.
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsMay 22, 2012
    Sit at the bar and you can try the famous bone marrow and octopus pasta without a reservation. For more local tips, follow us on 4sq or check out
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Highlights are the cuttlefish with bottarga, lobster and burrata, and the John Dory. Don't skip the olive bread either. – Green Guide Editor
  • James H.
    James H.December 14, 2014
    Red snapper was so fresh and prepared with such flavor. So different from Eric Ripert but so excellent.
  • Margaret M.
    Margaret MinNovember 23, 2012
    it was open on Thanksgiving Day! $99 per person for an amazing four course (appetizer, pasta/risotto, turkey/steak/fish and desserts) :)
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencyOctober 22, 2012
    all the top foodies highly recommend this place. If you're looking for best dinner and a show..this is the dinner half, we can take care of the rest. ;)
  • Geoff K.
    Geoff KimJanuary 15, 2012
    Fine 1.3: This is an Italian restaurant on Central Park South. Their crudo is excellent and when I was there I had their amazing sea urchin pasta dish as well. Read more
  • James H.
    James H.December 14, 2014
    Sea bass with clams and pine nuts. Unusual. Excellent and bursting with flavor. Wonderfully done.
  • Wesley B.
    Wesley BlissFebruary 3
    It's like Michael White went to Branzino heaven, captured their god, and then poached him in unicorn butter. Also that pork shoulder, mmm.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 3
    Fusilli W/ Octopus & Bone Marrow: Michael White’s tribute to surf & turf isn’t exactly traditional Italian fare, but one bite and you’ll agree! Read more
  • Vanity Fair
    Vanity FairMay 6, 2013
    Comedian Eddie Izzard talked transvestitism, dieting, and being fearless over appetizers of Pacific snapper and tuna tartare at this mecca for Italian seafood on Central Park South.
  • harryh
    harryhApril 28, 2014
    Just like everyone else I've gotta recommend the fusilli with bone marrow and octopus as well as the lobster with burrata.
  • Megan J.
    Megan JohnsonAugust 6, 2014
    Wonderful fancy lunch spot. We skipped on the pasta and had oysters, starters, scallops/halibut, and dessert, but all were superb.
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerJune 9, 2014
    Food is obviously amazing. The best casual corner seat is table 50 up by the bar (this tip is more for me than for you)
  • Jean P.
    Jean PApril 17, 2015
    Chef Michael White's Japanese-influenced superb Italian cuisine. Very flavorful. A little salty to my liking.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LanNovember 18, 2010
    Gt the tasting menu if you're hungry bits such a great deal. The pasta wig bone marrow is awesome. The squid ink pasta is nice too. Order a bottle of wine. It's almost always a better value.
  • Eelain S.
    Eelain SteketeeAugust 22, 2011
    MW's finest joint in NYC. MW brings magic to seafood but don't count him out when it comes to meat either. he's a genius. get the fusilli, scallops, lobster.. everything!
  • Sherie S.
    Sherie SwerdlowOctober 11, 2013
    As has been mentioned, famous for the fusilli with octopus and bone marrow. Incredibly delicious.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachApril 5, 2015
    Don't skip dessert. The budino al limone was as good as the pasta. (Plus it really looks like pasta!)
  • James H.
    James H.December 12, 2015
    Homemade pasta with lump crab and sea urchin was great sauce but pasta was not up to the sauce
  • James H.
    James H.December 12, 2015
    The meringue was stuffed with fig and Meyer lemon with mango sorbet. Great choice
  • Eric K.
    Eric KuvykinMarch 10, 2014
    Eric Kuvykin said, I frequent most restaurants in NYC using to fing great people, great places and great deals. this restaurant is a definite thumbs up. Enjoy!THE BEST
  • Yiwa W.
    Yiwa Wang2 weeks ago
    Worth all the hype. That bone marrow octopus pasta- oh sweet Jesus. Don't try to go against the crowd- just get it. 👌🏼👌🏼
  • James H.
    James H.December 31, 2014
    Homemade pasta with crab and sea urchins. Very special dish. Excellent flavors.
  • Garrison P.
    Sit at the bar for lunch without a reservation. Order a Campari spritz and get the 3 course prix fixe menu.
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