What are five things I should know about Marea?

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Already one of the more popular seafood restaurants in New York City, there are five things that you should know about Marea:

1. The Italian restaurant is known for its celebration of seafood (“Marea” means “tide” in Italian), whether it’s the all-raw “Crudi” menu — with dishes’ flavors increasing in intensity as you go down the menu — or the various treatments in the antipasti or principali. You won’t want to leave without trying at least one seafood dish: The large cubes of bigeye tuna is a representative choice, fresh and packed with bold flavors.

2. Though an upscale restaurant, Marea is unstuffy, with modern, clean décor that helps you enjoy the fresh cuisine. You won’t need to break out your Sunday best, but you’ll probably feel most comfortable in the New York restaurant in business casual attire: men can leave the ties at home.

3. Since the atmosphere is more relaxed, patrons also freely engage in conversation, creating a livelier atmosphere. Though the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is certainly upscale, it is considerably less stuffy than most other fine dining establishments in the city, with bright colors in modern shapes, seen in the red lamps and décor of large fish along the window sills.

4. In keeping with its Italian focus, Marea imports many of its wines from Italy: About 60 percent of its wine list comprises of wines from Northwest Italy and Southeastern France.

5. Marea took home the James Beard Award for “Best New Restaurant” in 2010, just a year after it opened, and it’s done surprisingly well, despite the economic downturn.

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