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Dish Recommendations at Marea and Empellon Cocina

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: Cheeryvisage

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

    2. 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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      1. re: Riverman500

        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?

        1. re: degustingdiary

          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.