Marea **, # 94 in the World

Idyllically seated at the base of Central Park amid midtown towers, Marea functions like the remote office of the media elite. Service is on the ball and very capable of managing the high-energy crowds of big personalities. The dining room has that certain Manhattan sensibility that is at once dressy and contemporary but never fussy. It screams the kind of money and taste that carries not a glint of flash. To the left of the entrance, find an attractive and popular bar area; if true-blue New York sophisticates sought their ideal venue to speed-date, they’d find it here. Chef Michael White asserts his genius time and again through signature dishes that are not to be missed. Beautifully cooked octopus may sound excessively complex when paired with smoked potatoes, pickled red onions, chilies, and tonnato sauce, but each element is used in subtle quantity, with a certain restrained harmony that leaves you wanting more. Generous portions of strozzapretti bring humble paste to new heights in a balanced and complementary sauce of briny sea urchin, sweet crab, tomatoes, and basil. Desserts are elegant and precise, yet manage to layer flavor upon flavor in a contemporary composition of chocolate. Michelin Inspector’s View

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.

The gift of Giving  

The Altamarea Group is committed to our philanthropic vision of supporting programs that allow us to share our resources and talents in the hospitality industry and to achieve positive change in the neighborhoods in which we live, serve, and work.  The relationships we form through this outlet are invaluable and reflect our commitment to giving back and supporting our local communities. The guidelines below will help clarify Altamarea Group’s selection and application process. All decisions regarding the programs selected for support will be made in the sole and absolute discretion of Altamarea Group.

Altamarea Group’s primary focus is on:

 •    Health and Nutrition Awareness

•    Food and Hospitality related organizations

•    Local community based outreach programs

•    Educational Programs and local schools (in the immediate areas where we do business)

•    Disaster Relief to provide support to communities impacted by disasters

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Award Winning,Dinner,Fine Dining,Functions,Lunch,Private Room,Wheelchair Access

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