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Jul 30, 2012 02:43 PM

Dish Recommendations at Marea and Empellon Cocina


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
      funghi risotto
      risotto mare
      spaghetti with crab and sea urchin
      roasted scallops
      panna cotta

      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
          Sal de gusanos

          Smoked plaintain
          Egg yolk

          Masa polenta

          Frozen mango mousse
          White chocolate

          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.