Husband's 35th Birthday Dinner - Marea or something else?
Hi New Yorkers!
I'm a Philly-based foodie taking my husband on a surpise 35th birthday trip to NYC, just for one night. We'll be staying at Le Parker Meridien in Central Park South.
I have booked a 6:15 reservation at Marea but some of the reviews on here have me second-guessing. I would love a great seafood/American/eclectic menu but don't want to spend an arm and a leg (thinking max around $100pp for food, pre-tax and tip), so places like Le Bernardin are out.
We would love to be able to walk someplace since we are only there for the one night - otherwise, I'd book Craft in a heartbeat. We loved the LA location and we're looking for something similar.
Other options I'm considering are Nougatine and Bar Americain.
Any ideas for us? Thank you!
I also celebrated my 35th at Marea. We did brunch there but the menu is quite similiar to dinner.. I think it would be hard to stay under 100 a person (although do able if don't drink). The spaghetti with sea urchin shouldn't be missed (I had it on both visits) and everything was delicious. I find the service a bit stuffy and the lamps at a weird angle but really lovely. The Modern is within walking distance as well (although similiar price range). I celebrated a wedding anniversary there and it was good but had a much better lunch (they have this cool chocolate cart and the cheese cart is also pretty decent).
I spent my 35th at Marea and loved it. It's so delicious and so decadent. It's not inexpensive though, but I couldn't have had a better time.
Craft is a very short subway ride away from your hotel - the Q train - or a small cab ride.
Also could be fun is the vault menu (75$) at WD50