Marea serves impeccable Italian seafood in an elegant, grown-up space with large round tables, grey and beige leather chairs, and a stunning book-matched Egyptian alabaster bar with cage-wire stools, which complements the simple formality of the dining room. This is one of the few places that still takes it slow: An average meal takes two to three hours, but not in a painful, drawn out way. They have one of the most extensive crudo menus out there and they are all innovative, refreshing, and delicious. We also love the homemade seafood-focused pastas (they were doing the sea urchin thing way before it was hip). It’s definitely a place (and price-point) for a special occasion meal, but if you’re looking for a great deal, try them for lunch—the business lunch with appetizer and main course is set at just $45.

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