The taste of freshly made pasta at Marea will be ingrained in your mind in the first visit. I love their taliolini, which is served with manila clams, calamari and hot chilli. The smooth and soft texture of the pasta matches the crunchiness of the baby squid and clams. All the flavours are weaved together with that bit of spiciness. Easily the best dish in the menu. It’s so good that the Tagliata dry-aged Sirloin was cast into the shade.
Marea is an ideal place for lunch – reasonably priced, casual, simple good food and served in generous portions. Top your lunch off with their fabulous homemade gelato. Interesting options aplenty, like licorice, honey yogurt, white espresso and the strawberry rhubarb.
Address: 240 Central Park S, New York
Tel: +1 (212) 582-5100
Visited on: 22 March, 2012
Price: Lunch: US$45; Dinner: US$99
Things to order: Tagliolini, manila clams, calamari, white wine, hot chilies
Hours: Lunch – Mon-Fri 12–2:30, Sat-Sun 11:30–2:30; Dinner: Mon-Thurs 5:30 PM – 11:00, Fri-Sat 5– 11:30, Sun 5–10:30
Chef: Michael White
Chef de Cusine: Jared Gadbaw
Sommelier: Francesco Grosso