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In search of fabulous Fried Calamari.....

retailbna Jun 14, 2007 06:15 AM

Are there any restaurants in Manhattan that serve great fried calamari?

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    pacz Jun 14, 2007 06:55 AM

    I really like the blue corn and chili fried calamari with a lime and tequila tomato sauce at Nightlife in Night Hotel. Careful, some of those fried rounds are actually jalapenos!

    1. ChefJune Jun 14, 2007 06:57 AM

      For the past 17 years I've been adoring the Calamares Fritos at El Charro Espanol, 4 Charles Street (Greenwich Ave). I'm a regular there, and I get them almost every time I go. in 17 years, never less than perfect.

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        kobetobiko Jun 14, 2007 07:18 AM

        I believe the same question appeared about a month ago, so if you do a search on "best calamari" you may get some recommendations.

        As i put in the previous thread, the fried calamari at Del Posto was one of the very best I have had.

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        1. re: kobetobiko
          Kanger Jun 14, 2007 07:45 AM

          Second Del Posto (I had it at the Enoteca). Those cherry peppers are killer.

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          KTinNYC Jun 14, 2007 08:06 AM

          The calamari served at the Maritime is shockingly good. I would never have believed it unless I tried it myself but the coating is light and the calamari is tender.

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            Lucia Jun 14, 2007 09:14 AM

            I love the calamari at Pylos

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              jdream Jun 14, 2007 10:04 AM

              Zoe in SOHO, great calamari.

              1. jinet12 Jun 15, 2007 07:12 AM

                Some of the best fried calamari I have ever had, was at Union Square Cafe...They fry it in graham flour, and it is one of their signature dishes...

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                  bethl Jun 15, 2007 08:51 AM

                  Love the Calamari at Deborah & Odeon is pretty good too.

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                  citified Jun 15, 2007 12:50 PM

                  our personal favorite for fried calamare currently is as an appetizer at Landmarc, West Broadway. Yum, yum yum.

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                    blanchita121 Jun 15, 2007 01:08 PM

                    If you want a VERY casual atmosphere, try Live Bait's calamari (23rd St. across from the park). I'm dead serious! Had some last Saturday after the Big Apple BBQ and it was FANTASTIC! Almost melted in my mouth!

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                      foodluvngal Jun 16, 2007 04:26 AM

                      Am I the only one who still likes Vincent's in Little Italy?

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