New York, NY 10019
Hours: Mon-Thu 12:30pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm; Fri 12:30pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11:30pm; Sat 5pm-11:30pm; Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm
Undulating, wood-like patterns gleam on the walls of Marea, giving the space the feeling of being under water even as waiters glide to and fro on terra firma. And that’s apt for this temple to Italian coastal cuisine, captained by Michael White, with second in command chef de cuisine Jared Gadbaw in the kitchen. Gadbaw works nimbly with the products of Italy’s four coastlines, but he isn’t afraid of giving dishes an accent of elsewhere, whether by adding a dose of shisito pepper to roasted Hudson Valley chicken, or simply taking a deeper dive into the Mediterranean pantry for his olive-oil poached branzino. Sommelier Richard Anderson is on hand to pair from the ample Italian wine list, with a dip here or there into French territory.