Marea

Marea

Seafood Restaurant and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Theater District, New York
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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]
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Shah
    ShahJuly 3
    The fusilli with grilled octopus and bone marrow could be the best pasta dish I've ever had. This place is incredible. And if you can't get a table, the bar menu is solid and offers pasta dishes.
  • 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.
  • 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 S.
    Caroline SchulweisDecember 29, 2014
    Get the ricci and astice to start (uni and lobster w/ burrata). The strozzapreti and the fusilli were both amazing pastas!
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaAugust 10, 2015
    Must try the crab and uni pasta. Also loved the grilled octopus and mozzarella en carrozza. Overall amazing dining experience.
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 18, 2010
    Michael White knocks it out of the park at his high-end Italian seafood spot. Go big on the crudo, followed with pasta and whatever fish they're most excited about that day. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RJuly 24, 2016
    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.
  • 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 ;)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouApril 12, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • Susanna M.
    Susanna MendlerJanuary 9, 2016
    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.
  • Pramod P.
    Pramod PaiMay 8, 2015
    They offers seafood selections devoted to crudo, a wide variety of raw oysters, clams and antipasti. http://freshnyc.com/italian/new-york-city-italian-seafood-paradise-marea-nyc
  • 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 www.renhotels.com.
  • Eaters H.
    Beautiful bar and great dining space. Fav pasta - STROZZAPRETI: jumbo lump crab, sea urchin, basilDefinitely have the Crudo tasting, because why just have one!
  • S M.
    S MarkMay 13
    This is my favorite spot for a romantic dinner with my husband. Delicious seafood, fresh pasta and excellent wine list -- everything is perfect.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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. ;)
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Madeline R.
    Madeline RNovember 25, 2016
    Great for a special occasion - amazing food and service and atmosphere that's not too stuffy. The astice and octopus appetizers were standouts.
  • 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.
  • Sherie S.
    Sherie SwerdlowOctober 11, 2013
    As has been mentioned, famous for the fusilli with octopus and bone marrow. Incredibly delicious.
  • James H.
    James H.December 14, 2014
    Sea bass with clams and pine nuts. Unusual. Excellent and bursting with flavor. Wonderfully done.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Eric K.
    Eric KuvykinMarch 10, 2014
    Eric Kuvykin said, I frequent most restaurants in NYC using www.jjlist.com to fing great people, great places and great deals. this restaurant is a definite thumbs up. Enjoy!THE BEST
  • 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) :)
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelAugust 4, 2011
    Get the awesome, over-the-top "fusilli with octopus and bone marrow" at Marea. As seen on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations - Food Porn 2.
  • 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.
  • Ivette L.
    Pasta with clams and calamari will become a obsession in your life. Try the house white wine.
  • Jean P.
    Jean PApril 17, 2015
    Chef Michael White's Japanese-influenced superb Italian cuisine. Very flavorful. A little salty to my liking.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJuly 30, 2012
    This glamorous place is Michael White’s elegant tribute to the fish and seafood of Italy. Save room for some of that justly fetishized pasta.
  • naveen
    naveenFebruary 10, 2015
    if it's your first time, the fusilli with octopus and bone marrow.
  • 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!)
  • Cara M.
    Cara MocciaJuly 3, 2013
    The Scallops are Divine! Served with roasted peaches and chanterelle mushrooms. Exquisite!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 15, 2010
    Stunning setting for this great seafood themed restaurant right on Central Park South. Our picks? The octopus fusilli, dover sole or veal ravioli are all delicious
  • carla e.
    carla elaineDecember 28, 2012
    Amazing food & service. Their sommelier was knowledgable but also friendly and not snobby. Save this place for a special date or event.
  • Wesley B.
    Wesley BlissFebruary 3, 2016
    It's like Michael White went to Branzino heaven, captured their god, and then poached him in unicorn butter. Also that pork shoulder, mmm.
  • M N.
    M NAugust 26
    Lobster burrata was decadent, fusilli with octopus and bone marrow lived up to the hype as well
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    Bon Appetit MagazineMarch 31, 2011
    Must Order: Pick a pasta, any pasta--all the fresh shapes are made in-house. Crudo (think Italian sushi) showcases White's mastery of all things fish. Read more
  • James H.
    James H.December 12, 2015
    The meringue was stuffed with fig and Meyer lemon with mango sorbet. Great choice
  • James H.
    James H.December 31, 2014
    Homemade pasta with crab and sea urchins. Very special dish. Excellent flavors.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 3, 2016
    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
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 20, 2013
    Excellent, elegant Italian seafood and pasta in a casual setting near Central Park.
  • 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
  • Andres Z.
    Best restaurant in terms of price/quality of the Michelin rated. Desserts are incredible. Food is always great! A super must
  • Eatocracy
    EatocracyJune 10, 2010
    Just named Best New Restaurant at the James Beard Awards so reservations may be tight. But, it's worth the fuss to order fusilli with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow and eat at the bar.
  • James H.
    James H.December 14, 2014
    The polpo was grilled to perfection. One of the best ever. Ambiance in restaurant is very classy.
  • Erin G.
    Erin GleasonJune 5, 2012
    Everything here is amazing. Standouts: burrata w/ lobster, seafood risotto, fusilli w/ octopus, and the steak. Omg the steak.
  • jansen c.
    jansen cApril 16
    Super yum scallops and pasta, nice atmosphere for dates and friendly staff
  • blukid
    blukidJuly 26, 2013
    Dress up and order something from each section of the menu, you can't really go wrong here. Excellent wine list as well.
  • Javier P.
    Javier PozasMarch 1, 2013
    Had the prix fix menu and everything was delicious. Highlight - Go for the octopus as a starter! Service was not excellent though.
  • 8PM R.
    8PM ReservationMarch 4, 2012
    Will cost you a months' rent or mortgage payment but worth every penny. Michael White is a master with pasta.
  • Zeynep T.
    Zeynep TümerdemAugust 28, 2015
    Marea is our favorite high-end restaurant in NYC. You should definitely try fusulli with bone marrow & octopus.
  • F-Factor
    F-FactorNovember 9, 2012
    A great place for date night. The lobster and burrata are mouthwateringly good. Afterwards, take a romatic stroll in central park!
  • Kiwi W.
    Kiwi WangOctober 4, 2016
    Worth all the hype. That bone marrow octopus pasta- oh sweet Jesus. Don't try to go against the crowd- just get it. 👌🏼👌🏼
  • Shawn K.
    Shawn KimAugust 24, 2013
    Perfect place to enjoy quality seafood, especially for families with kids :)
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel Wang PangOctober 8, 2015
    Good restaurant near the park. Loved the sea urchin, the portion is a bit big, more than expected. But good food
  • Allermanger
    AllermangerMarch 4, 2015
    Best scallops ever! Go for their weekend brunch/business lunch for $47
  • Garrison P.
    Garrison PriceJune 29, 2016
    Sit at the bar for lunch without a reservation. Order a Campari spritz and get the 3 course prix fixe menu.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 22, 2016
    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
    Downvoted Aug 6
  • James H.
    James H.March 13, 2016
    The whole Bronzino was perfect for two. Served with two sides. We each started with wonderful homemade pasta.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 17, 2010
    When Chef Michael White turns his hand to seafood, the results are pretty much what you would expect: wholly satisfying, free of fussiness, but with just enough flourishes to make it special.
  • Mark M.
    Fusilli and crudo were amazing. The best lunch I've had in the city.
  • Mischa L.
    Mischa LumiereSeptember 28, 2014
    The four course dinner prix fixe is an amazing deal. Get the strozzapreti, you won't regret it!
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    Bullfrog & BaumJanuary 24, 2011
    A top favorite restaurant that has you craving it the second you step out the door. Spaghetti crab, santa barbara sea urchin, basil pasta is phenomenal!
  • Aleksey P.
    Aleksey P.April 9, 2015
    Bone marrow is stunning. Sea urchin on toast covered by semitransparent bacon: never tasted anything like this. Bits LA Bernardin
  • melody j.
    melody juFebruary 7, 2015
    Great food: Fusili, Octopus, Lobster....While service can be improved a lot. Read more
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillMay 24, 2016
    A great option of a business lunch or dinner ion the CPS area. Top notch food and service.
  • S
    SFebruary 18, 2015
    Get: Octopus and bone marrow fusili. Lunch pre-fixe is a steal considering the excellent service.
  • Ryan Y.
    Ryan YunApril 26, 2015
    Try there prix fixe menu for the ultimate two michelin star experience. Outstanding service & great food!
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BouludJuly 30, 2014
    When it’s on the menu do not miss the Sea Urchin Crostini with Lardo and Sea Salt.
  • Jane D.
    Jane DongMay 21
    Fusilli with octopus + marrow is one of my favorite dishes in NYC. Lunch is also the best deal here
  • Munchies
    MunchiesMay 11, 2015
    Watch rapper Action Bronson teams up with chef Michael White to make food inspired by his new album. Plus, Action makes his first public foray in to the world of wine pairings. Read more
  • Christine L.
    Christine LiangOctober 4, 2011
    There is italian. And there is ITALIAN. Trust me on this. Lobster burrata, octopus, fusilli, crab pasta. You'll leave extremely high on life.
  • Maurio F.
    Maurio FioreAugust 15, 2014
    The decor reminds me of the interior of a Rolls Royce and it's appropriate because Marea is the Rolls Royce of seafood.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    I could live on the uni and lardo ricci, perfect langostines or bone marrow and octopus fusilli. The choice and quality are staggeringly good. -Gail Simmons, Top Chef
  • Vicky U.
    Vicky UJanuary 3, 2014
    Fusilli pasta w octopus and bone marrow is perfect. Perfect. All the pastas, really, are excellent.
  • James H.
    James H.December 14, 2014
    We loved the seafood cooking of Michael White. The smoked mackerel was excellent.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GNovember 18, 2010
    you should share portions since you will want to taste everything- and don't forget to order Rigatoni with octopus and marrow- it's very rich but AMAZING
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie M.January 22, 2016
    Touted as one of the best seafood places in NYC. Dishes are uneven, though there are some interesting options to try. Not spectacular - severely overpriced and really not worth it.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanFebruary 6
    The lunch set menu is a good value. Definitely get the fusilli with octupus and bone marrow.
  • Manal S.
    Manal SaedanOctober 5, 2016
    It was a quick dinner but I really loved there mushroom 🍝 pasta and the grilled cod
    Upvoted Jun 28
  • micchele t.
    micchele tottiOctober 31, 2014
    Although a little bit stiff nothing can go wrong here. Excellent food and service out of this world.
  • Ted
    Ted3 weeks ago
    Crudo tasting (pictured) is unreal... then get some good pasta or seafood
  • Italina Ethel U.
    Les sugiero el Pippette Nere una estupenda pasta fresca especialidad de la casa con langosta, camarones en tinta de calamar y menu la degustación.excelentes vinos.
  • Italina Ethel U.
    Excelentes ambiente,vinos Barolo,Brunello Di Moltalcino.Amplio menú Ostras,Caviar, "Astice"(langosta,burrata, eggplants, albaca), "Pulpo al carbón","Tartar de atún",
  • Natasha N.
    Natasha NoFebruary 19, 2014
    um dos mais badalados da cidade hoje em dia. O forte são os frutos do mar e os pratos são lindos e muito saborosos! Também está no Michelin com 2 estrelas. Gostoso para almoço e jantar. $$$
  • Cecilia B.
    Cecilia BorjaDecember 27, 2014
    Delicioso! Vale a pena conhecer. Massa e frutos do mar em uma excelente localização e ambiente.
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