First-time visit to Marea, Thanksgiving weekend. We had been cautioned by other posts on this board to expect possibly bad service ... but still, disappointed overall compared to our experience of other top-tier restaurants. For $1000 for four people, we expect great food or a beautiful room, or at least good food and impeccable service. Instead, it's a corporate room with uncomfortable chairs, with none of the perfection of cooking that saves Le Bernadin from its decor. We did manage to do a lot of "greatest hits" (crudo-polipo-fusili) but frankly at this price point, the non-greatest-hits should have been better, or the service should have been more ass-kissy. If you want great food, head to Bouley. If you want overall experience, head to Jean-Georges instead.