Seriouseats New York was right about the pasta at Marea, a restaurant that is supposed to specialize in seafood. They recommended a number of pasta dishes and in my opinion their pasta was far superior to their seafood. Not because the seafood wasn’t good but because the pasta was so spectacular.
Marea’s fusilli with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow was the best pasta dish I have ever eaten. That’s EVER. For pics and a review see the SE feature on Marea here.
Their desserts were superb as well. The house made sorbet was very flavorful and perfect for the diner that has already consumed 6 courses.
The vanilla-bean-specked panna cotta had great flavor and the accompanying scoop of dark chocolate gelato was absolutely stellar. The hazelnut torte had a smooth dense texture and great flavors of dark chocolate and hazelnut that were not too sweet.
Recommended: House made sorbet, and savory must have: fusilli with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow.
Marea is located on 240 Central Park South. Their web site is here.