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  • Marea

  • Italian Seafood $22-$98
  • 240 Central Park S.
    New York, NY 10019
  • Neighborhood: Midtown West
  • Phone: 212-582-5100
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Michael White didn’t invent the curious cult of raw-fish crudo (that’s New York’s other neo–Southern Italian seafood chef David Pasternack), and he certainly didn’t invent the art of reconstituting classic Italian coastal pasta recipes in all sorts of inventive, high-end ways. But over the years, at this posh Central Park South establishment, he’s managed — despite the challenges of running an increasingly spotty and overextended restaurant empire — to more or less perfect both. The prices of his up-market pasta creations have crept steadily upward as their reputation has spread far and wide, so go at lunchtime, when the mood in the dining room feels less formal and sunlight filters into the tall windows through the screen of trees in the park across the street. Fifty-two dollars buys a taste of the great house grilled octopus and a tangle of freshly made, perfectly al dente tagliolini tossed with manila clams, which, when you think about it, is a modest price to pay to be transported for a New York minute, or two, directly to some sun-dappled (and, yes, radically overpriced) seafood trattoria perched on the Amalfi cliffs, high above the blue blue Mediterranean sea.

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