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Best Fried Calamari?

guttergourmet Jul 12, 2008 05:02 AM

I already know the answer:buy 5 lbs at Citarella's and take them to my Cuban mother-in-law. But after that I'm stumped. Believe it or not, the best I've had has been at City Crab (though everything else is mediocre there). Ed's Lobster bar was OK. Fish on Bleecker are inconsistent. Umberto's was awful. Sakae Sushi's tempura ika weren't bad. Pylos Greek calamari were pretty good as were the Spanish version at El Charro. Give me a hand (or a tentacle) here Hounds.

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    G3B Jul 12, 2008 05:27 AM

    I love the ones at Square Meal. They are light and delicious.

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      MMRuth Jul 12, 2008 01:58 PM

      Not surprisingly - me too. Batter is very light, and the calamari tender. Lovely sipping sauce and refreshing salad underneath.

    2. bigmackdaddy Jul 12, 2008 10:59 AM

      Actually, I had great fried calamari for lunch at Bar Tano in Brooklyn on 11th Street and 6th Ave. I hear (I haven't tried it) Rocco's has some of the best as well. They're on 65th St. & 18th Ave.

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        mrnyc Jul 13, 2008 07:03 PM

        how random -- i can ditto BAR TANO's -- ive been in there quite a bit.

        i like getting a container of beer & some calamari at jeremy's ale house downtown at the seaport.

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          bigmackdaddy Jul 13, 2008 07:37 PM

          I made a mistake. I mean Bar Toto. I've been to Tano as well and don't like it as much as Toto. Toto's the one with the great calamari.

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            mrnyc Jul 13, 2008 08:11 PM

            i was going to say, i like TANO'S pizzas, but never had the calamari.

            come to think of it, isnt TANO a spinoff of TOTO? i think they are related.

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              bigmackdaddy Jul 14, 2008 04:13 AM

              Yeah they're both owned by the same people. But like I said you can taste the difference. I happen to think Toto is better overall. Pacificana has geat fried squid as well. Albeit it's not red sauce style.

      2. JohnnyMTL Jul 12, 2008 12:25 PM

        I really enjoyed the ones from Union Square Cafe. They come with an Anchovy Mayo that's also very tasty.

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          offthebeatenpath1 Jul 12, 2008 05:12 PM

          Agree with union square cafe. They use graham cracker crumbs as part of the batter. Excellent.

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            chowmac Jul 13, 2008 05:41 PM

            Agreed - went there for the first time on saturday - very good calamari

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          kobetobiko Jul 12, 2008 12:40 PM

          The one at Del Posto is excellent. It is part of the enoteca menu.

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            Lucia Jul 12, 2008 01:57 PM

            Oh yes--forgot about those.

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            liveloveat34 Jul 12, 2008 01:16 PM

            i liked them at lure fishbar and wild edibles.

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              Emma01 Jul 12, 2008 03:05 PM

              The ones in L'il Frankies are great. Huge portion and the dipping sauce, whilst just a marinara, is pretty good.

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                venezuelan Jul 13, 2008 12:49 AM

                My favorite is probably the one served at Me Kong vietnamese restaurant on King and 6th avenue.
                You can almost feel your arteries hardening as you eat it, but it's delicious!

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                  Simon Jul 13, 2008 11:39 PM

                  hi gg,

                  the geso karage at Natori are very tasty (on the specials of the day menu when they have them)...and the salt-baked squid at Noodletown usually satisfies my fried calamari craving...

                  1. kcijones001 Jul 14, 2008 05:54 AM

                    China Grill makes a fried calamari salad that is OUT OF THIS WORLD!

                    1. misnatalie Jul 14, 2008 06:30 AM

                      Randazzo's Clam Bar in Brooklyn. They have amazing sauce as well. Red and white checker table cloths really add to the old school charm. This place worth the trip.

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                        guttergourmet Jul 14, 2008 07:45 AM

                        Are they affiliated with the Seafood Market of the same name on Arthur Avenue in da Bronx?

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                          MMRuth Jul 14, 2008 08:22 AM

                          I believe they (dey?) are.

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                        amysal47 Jul 14, 2008 09:55 AM

                        The fried calamari at the Water Club is to die for!!!

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