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Where to Buy Whole Octopus

aaaaa Mar 5, 2008 07:33 AM

Have been dying to cook Octopus for a friend's birthday and was entirely inspired by article in the times :http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/05/din...

Anyone have recommendations on the best place to find whole Octopus (frozen fine) in Manhattan?

  1. aaaaa Mar 7, 2008 10:00 AM

    thank you for the input. we found 4 lb octopus at Sea Breeze...

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      aahnnt Mar 5, 2008 10:45 AM

      hah, i saw that piece too, and had been thinking about giving it a go.

      for those who have priced it at citarella and fairway, what were the prices?

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      1. re: aahnnt
        Hurner Mar 5, 2008 11:32 AM

        At Fairway baby octopus sells for about $6 per pound.

        1. re: Hurner
          kobetobiko Mar 5, 2008 12:12 PM

          I thought the OP is looking for giant octopus as the recipe calls for 1 3-lb octopus?

        2. re: aahnnt
          jasmurph Mar 5, 2008 05:55 PM

          I don't know the prices, but Citarella is sure to be more expensive and it's almost as sure to be much better quality.

          1. re: aahnnt
            JoanN Mar 7, 2008 10:15 AM

            Was in Citarella this morning. Didn't note the price of the octopus, but it appeared to be cut up, not whole. If you want it whole, you may have to ask (or call ahead). I know I once asked for whole, not already cleaned, squid and they went to the back and got some for me.

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            kobetobiko Mar 5, 2008 09:30 AM

            On top of the places that were mentioned, Fresh Direct also has whole octopus (frozen I believe). I haven't purchased it before so I can't attest on the quality.

            I believe some Korean grocery stores in Korean town also have whole octopus.

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              marye Mar 5, 2008 08:32 AM

              agata and valentino had baby octopus the last time I was there about a month ago

              1. E Eto Mar 5, 2008 08:29 AM

                I usually go to Fairway for octopus. I priced it at Citarella, but Fairway was a lot cheaper.

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                  fourunder Mar 5, 2008 08:22 AM

                  If you are down near Chinatown , look at any fish stand on Mulberry or Canal Streets. I have seen the Baby Pulpo on many occasions. The Deluxe Market may have it as well. If you are near the LES, Grand Street stores may have it as well.

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                    rrems Mar 5, 2008 07:40 AM


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                    1. re: rrems
                      offthebeatenpath1 Mar 5, 2008 08:12 AM

                      Agree on Citarella and Chelase Market probably will have or can get it as well. Also try Wild Edibles. Most really good fish mongers/ stores will be able to order anything.

                      1. re: offthebeatenpath1
                        Miss Needle Mar 5, 2008 08:20 AM

                        Agreed on the above stores. If you're looking to spend less, I purchased octopus that was acceptable at Sea Breeze. I wouldn't recommend going to Chinatown for this. I purchased it once and it was terrible. I don't think Chinese eat a lot of octopus -- the turnover is probably very low.

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