It has been too long since I've last been to Marea. As a big fan of Chef Michael White's restaurants, I really should revisit many of his establishments. The problem is that he keeps opening up more places! How can I balance it all out?
The decor remains were beautiful as ever while the tone of the restaurant was bustling with conversation. Service was smooth and attentive as usual. And now the food. The meal started with an amuse bouche of smoked trout and marscapone cheese profiteroles. Little bites of smokey, creamy fish. It tasted rich and lightly of the sea. A really nice savory start to the meal.
The appetizers to start. I had the Moleche ($22) crispy soft shell crab with sicilian granola, nepitella, purslane. This seasonal soft shell crab which was lightly battered and fried served with purslane and onions. This crispy little guy was super delicious! If you're lazy about picking out crab meat from its shell, then this is the dish for you. You eat the whole thing, shell and all. Tender, sweet pieces of crab in every bite.
240 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019