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Dish Recommendations at Marea and Empellon Cocina

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degustingdiary Jul 30, 2012 02:43 PM

Hi,

I'll be in New York for a short stint in mid-August and will be eating at Marea (for lunch) and Empellon Cocina (for dinner). Aside from the lobster-burrata salad and fusilli, are there any other dishes at Marea worth trying? Similar question regarding Empellon Cocina: aside from the lobster with Tetilla, what are the other must-trys?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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    Riverman500 Jul 30, 2012 02:54 PM

    Marea:

    uni with lardo
    grilled octopus app
    granchio
    funghi risotto
    risotto mare
    spaghetti with crab and sea urchin
    sirloin
    roasted scallops
    affogato
    panna cotta
    gianduja

    I'm not a fan of Empellon Cocina but I'm sure others will chime in.

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      degustingdiary Jul 30, 2012 03:03 PM

      Wow, thanks, Riverman! I was planning on adding one course to their $45 two-course business lunch, but you've made that decision far more challenging.

      Can I ask what about Empellon Cocina you dislike?

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        Riverman500 Jul 30, 2012 03:39 PM

        If you're getting the astice and the fusilli, I'd recommend the roasted scallops at Marea as a supplement. The ricci (uni and lardo app) isn't on the lunch menu but they will make it upon request if they have the ingredients available.

        At Cocina I tried:

        Mezcal cured ocean trout
        Cream cheese
        Roe
        Sal de gusanos

        Gordita
        Smoked plaintain
        Chorizo
        Egg yolk

        Scallops
        Huitlacoche
        Rutabaga
        Masa polenta

        Frozen mango mousse
        White chocolate
        Amaranth
        Lime

        All were good but not great, IMO. The flavors were a bit discordant, more "interesting" as opposed to "yummy" though maybe I'm just not open minded enough for Stupak's experiments. I did notice that some of these dishes have been tweaked or are no longer on the menu so perhaps I should try Cocina again. I love Empellon Taqueria though.

    2. Cheeryvisage Jul 30, 2012 02:47 PM

      For Marea, I also recommend the grilled octopus appetizer and the affogato for dessert. I hear the sea urchin pasta is also very good.

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        degustingdiary Jul 30, 2012 02:53 PM

        Thanks, Cheeryvisage! The crab-uni spaghetti sounds delicious.

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