Marea, meaning “tide” in Italian, redefines the seascape of high-end Italian cuisine serving regional foods of Italy that are heavily influenced by ingredients drawn from the four bodies of water that surround the boot, and at Marea, Chef Michael White presents a fresh interpretation of this coastal cuisine.
At Marea, the menu reads like a study of the sea. The crux of the cuisine is devoted to the freshest and most seasonal fish and shellfish sourced from both the Mediterranean and waters worldwide. The breadth of the menu offers you the opportunity to select and choose your dining experience.
Selections are devoted to crudo, a wide variety of oysters & clams and antipasti. Chef White is famous for his house-made pasta, and at Marea, the dishes are replete with frutti di mare. The menu also includes composed fish dishes, whole fish preparations and a short selection of meat to round out the extensive offerings. The wine list, overseen by Beverage Director Francesco Grosso, features a significant selection of wines that pair perfectly with the bounty of the sea. With over 750 selections, 50 percent of the wine list is dedicated to European whites, which complement the fresh fish and seafood; the restaurant has over 15 rosé selections to offer year round.
The elements that White became known for – superb cuisine, seamless service, award-winning wine programs all in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere comingle seamlessly as the tide rolls in on Central Park South. To date, Marea has received two Michelin stars, the 2010 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant, three stars from The New York Times, named Best New Restaurant by Bon Apetit, Esquire, and GQ Magazine and also Best Italian Restaurant by Zagat. Marea has also recently joined the family of Relais & Chateaux’s elite group of Grande Chef Gourmand.