A masterful dining experience is the consequence of a tapestry of constituents woven together to elicit an inspirational reaction. That’s the type of grandiose impression a meal at New York City’s Marea can leave. Quietly settled near Columbus Circle’s intersection with Central Park, this Italian seafood restaurant sits as a titan of industry in what is arguably the culinary capital of the world. For a two-year-old restaurant, that’s an impressive reality.
No doubt a testament to the direction of executive chef Michael White and partner Chris Canon, a meal at Marea is quite clearly the result of the cadre of chefs and servers, the mise-en-scène of the setting, and some very inspiring bites (sometimes slathered in a seduction of lardo and sea urchin).
This one’s actually a few months old, but seeing as it came out during “The Dark Ages,” I thought I might as well put it up. The video above is from the party to celebrate Zagat’s list of the best 30 foodies under 30 years of age in New York. It’s an impressive list, available here, and includes the likes of Heather Bertinetti, whose desserts at Marea blew my freaking mind and then some. Damn them there attractive and talented women whose main purpose in life is to help people indulge in joy.
I’ll actually have my Marea recap up soon, but in the meantime … I’m going to cry in the corner after reminding myself that all these people are way more talented than this dude AND that I no longer qualify for inclusion on said list.