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A search of the boards on this (surprisingly) turned up almost nothing, so...where can one find the best fried calamari? Preferably in Manhattan or Queens. My personal liking is the more lightly-fried/battered variety, and I don't just use it as a vehicle for hot sauce. Any tips are greatly appreciated.

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  1. The very best is Little Charlie's on Kenmare Street (off the bowery) in Little Italy. Beware of the HOT sauce. Medium is best. They also have an incredible linguine with white clam sauce.

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    1. re: Mike

      My favorite fried calamari is at Dragonfly on South 7th Avenue. They come with a to die for dipping sauce!

      1. re: Mike

        I'm miffed! I was there last month and didn't see calamari on the menu. I was really primed for it too. Anyway, they have execellent calamari at Pia Maria on the west side in the 50s.

      2. Queens:

        La Flor - Roosevelt Avenue Woodside- cornmeal crusted calamari with chipotle mayo dip

        The Kebab (cafe, place I forget) Northern Blvd in Little Neck - Turkish Food - very good calamari with garlic yogurt sauce.

        Bigelow's Clam Shack - Long Beach Road and Sunrise Highway - Rockville Center Long Island - great fried seafood

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          rebeccahodgson

          Of course, I dont remember the name, but there is excellent fried calamari at the JApanese Restaurant on the southeast corner of second avenue and 11th/12th (??) street - directly across from the movie theater. they also have decent sushi but my husband and I go there for calamari whenever we see a a movie playing across the street.

          It is delicious in both texture and freshness. It is light as air breaded - so light that you feel like you could pick up the whole lot they serve you and blow it away like a dandelion puff.

          the bite is appropriately chewy but on the tender side, and it is always extremely fresh. really - it is fabulous calamari. and the sauce is very nice also -obviously not a red sauce as it is a Japanese restaurant.

          be careful, there are many japanese restaurants in that area, so you could easily go to the wrong place.

          this is directly across the street from the theater. I am not sure if its 11th or 12th street but I am sure it is across from the theatre and that that across is the southeast corner of the street.

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          1. re: rebeccahodgson

            The name of the restaurant you're referring to is Shima. It's at 188 2nd Ave, at 12th St. Kanoyama, which is at 175 2nd Ave, at 11th St. is an amazing sushi spot, my favorite in NYC...actually my fave outside of Japan. Shima is decent sushi, better cooked food. Kanoyama is sublime sashimi and good cooked food (but loses to Nobu in that dept.).

            Good lord, the edit feature on here blows.

          2. I'll 2nd Maria Pia (51st b/t 8th and 9th, north side of street), it is very good.

            However, the best calamari I've had was at Woo Lae Oak, a very nice/somewhat hip Korean restaurant @ 148 Mercer Street, just south of Houston. Very light, very tasty. I believe that it is calamari tempura.

            1. Val Diano on Manhattan Ave. in Greenpoint. Consistently light and tender.