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240 Central Park S., nr. Broadway (Upper West Side)
New York, NY
(1) 212-582-5100 | www.marea-nyc.com
HOURSMon.-Thurs.: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11:00pm; Fri.: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 5:00pm-11:30pm; Sat.: 5:00pm-11:30pm; Sun.: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-10:30pm
BEST FORLunch; dinner; brunch
PRICE (LUNCH PRIX FIXE; APPETIZER; ENTRÉE; FOUR-COURSE DINNER PRIX FIXE)USD 45; USD 19-24; USD 25-62; USD 97
FAMOUS PLATESSpaghetti with crab and sea urchin; grilled octopus; seaweed marinated abalone; mare risotto
DRINKS AND WINEItalian beers; wine; cocktails
# OF SEATS155
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
METRO59th St.-Columbus Cir. (A, B, C, D, 1); 57th St.-7th Ave. (N, Q, R); 57th St. (F); 7th Ave. (B, D, E)
This ambitious Michelin-starred seafood shrine embraces expense-account-level luxury. A reported one million dollar renovation rendered a luxe, airy dining room with glossy rosewood and leather accents, as well as a sleek onyx bar that is used as the staging point for the bottles of fine spirits that are whisked around the room on silver carts. Tables are consistently filled with business folk, well-heeled tourists, and local foodies, all savoring the elegantly presented (and delicious!) Italian seafood.
Sophisticated business professionals, quiet conversationalists, and posh couples.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Elegant; try a colorful blouse, sleek pencil skirt, smart heels, and subtle but fine jewelry.
GO HERE WITH
Coworkers; significant other; a date; family
WHY WE LIKE IT
The painstaking attention to detail: everything from the glasses to the tableware is chosen with utmost care, and carefully selected exotic species of fish are flown in from all over the world. And oh, that spaghetti with crab and sea urchin…we find it hard to try new things here because we can't get enough of it.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The location and scenery are prime (with views of Central Park), but we wince a little at the prices.
GOOD TO KNOW
The restaurant occupies the Columbus Circle space formerly held by San Domenico. If you’re trying to save a bit of dough, the lunch prix fixe is more gently priced than the dinner menu, and it offers the most popular dishes. Impeccable service rules here, but don’t expect stuffy formal waitstaff; the service is friendly and attentive without being obtrusive.
Le Bernardin (New York)
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