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Marea

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240 Central Park S., New York, NY 10019 40.767261 -73.980037
nr. Broadway  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-582-5100 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Price Range: $$$$

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  • Critics' Rating: ***

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    7 out of 10

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Hours

Mon-Thu, 11:45am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Fri, 11:45am-2:30pm and 5pm-11:30pm; Sat, 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-11:30pm; Sun, 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1, A, B, C, D at 59th St.-Columbus Circle

Prices

$22-$98

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Hot Spot
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Notable Wine List
  • Prix-Fixe

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

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.

Brunch With the Fishes

A $52 two-course prix fixe brunch menu is available Sundays from 11:30am-2:30pm; it includes a choice of crudi or antipasti, and pasta or piatti principali. For a $15 supplement, high rollers can get the uovo e caviale: brioche, poached eggs, crab, sea-urchin zabaglione, and caviar.

Recommended Dishes

Dover sole, $76; Afagatto with zabaglione-flavored ice cream, $15

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