Forbes looks at some of America’s best new dining options.
Next time the economy sinks as low as it did in 2009, remember, that’s a perfect time to open a posh restaurant in one of the highest-rent locations imaginable. As crazy as that sounds, it seems to have worked for the owners of Marea, perhaps the most critically acclaimed eating establishment to open in New York City in the past year. “Here’s exactly the type of restaurant I didn’t expect to thrive last year: ambitious food, elegant space, buzzy chef, deep wine list, fancy Central Park address,” says Nick Fauchald, New York editor-in-chief of Tasting Table, a daily e-mail publication about eating and drinking culture. “The reason Marea works where other expensive restaurants failed (or were afraid to play): [Chef] Michael White. His food … is simply some of the best in the city right now.” – From Forbes