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Mar 5, 2008 07:33 AM

Where to Buy Whole Octopus

Have been dying to cook Octopus for a friend's birthday and was entirely inspired by article in the times :

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

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    1. re: rrems

      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

        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.

    2. 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.

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

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

          1. 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.