TripExpert Score based on reviews in 18 publications
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Top 1% in New York About the TripExpert Score

18 expert recommendations



Michael White goes for the trifecta after major scores with Convivio and Alto. Name means tide, high-end Italian seafood is the angle, with market-fresh fish from around the world.



An outstanding restaurant...Marea, at two months old, is already old school, but not old-fashioned. Full review →


DK Eyewitness

This Italian seafood palace features a superb menu – with a location to match, situated as it is at the crossroads of Central Park South and Columbus Circle.


Fodor's Tick Choice

Carefully sourced, meticulously prepared fish and seafood take center stage at this well-pedigreed restaurant. Full review →


Forbes Travel Guide 92

At the upscale, seafood-focused Marea, they took a big gamble, opening up the unapologetically fine-dining spot (with prices to match) during the economic downturn. Full review →


Frommer's 34

The New York Times critic wrote, when awarding Marea its three stars, that trying the restaurant’s ricci was like “kissing an extremely attractive person for the first time." Full review →


Gayot 15.0

A meal here might best be enjoyed with someone who has a healthy expense account, but it'€™s worth it; at times Marea’s menu is transcendent. Full review →


Michelin Guide 54

This city-wide gem is a slice of the upper crust that feels very much at home on Central Park South. Full review →


New York Magazine Tick Critic's Pick

Kinetic restaurateur-chef Michael White doesn't appear to have gotten the news about the fine-dining apocalypse. Full review →


New York Times 95

While Marea is a seafood restaurant, it is not one that seeks to place a divide between that which swims and that which walks. Full review →


Tasting Table

Michael White is a master of pasta and seafood and when he puts them together--like in the spaghetti with crab and sea urchin--food magic happens Full review →


The Infatuation 8.8

Marea is one of those restaurants, like Eleven Madison Park, you walk into knowing damn well it’s going to be incredible. Full review →


The New Yorker

His colossal menu presents, with help from the guys at FedEx, freshly caught pagello and branzino from Italy, as well as lobster from Nova Scotia and sea scallops from Rhode Island. Full review →


Time Out 70

Michael White, who built a national reputation at Fiamma in New York and Las Vegas, only to see his fledgling empire squashed overnight in a partnership meltdown, returned stronger than he left. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

With fish sourced from the Mediterranean as well as worldwide waters, Marea ensures that the dining experience is enhanced by the best available ingredients. Full review →


Village Voice Tick Best of NYC

Michael White's temple to Italian seafood is full of pleasures. It's also full of incredibly rich people. Full review →



Chef Michael White’s seasonal fish and meat dishes...are elegantly served in a room designed to resemble a yacht. Full review →



"Memorable" is putting it mildly at chef Michael White's Columbus Circle "stunner", again voted NYC's No. 1 Italian thanks to "exquisite" seafood and pasta. Full review →

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