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Where do you go for good octopus?

City Kid Jul 18, 2008 07:12 AM

Last weekend, I had what might have been the best grilled octopus ever at Cyclades Taverna (a favorite place) in Astoria: char-gilled, plump, and tender. But I love octopus of all varieties, especially grilled a la Greek and in pulpo salad. Any suggestions on the best places to go, downscale and/or upscale? Willing to travel to the outer boroughs. Thanks!

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    ESNY Jul 18, 2008 07:21 AM

    my favorite is the octopus appetizer from 15 east.

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      Nikitenka Jul 19, 2008 02:38 PM

      I second 15 East. Amazing!

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      fassforus Jul 18, 2008 08:02 AM

      The Octopus at Casa Mono is good- Whole babies rather than slices. Also Gusto's is good.

      1. thew Jul 18, 2008 08:04 AM

        the best octopus i've had recently was at tailor on west broome street

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          chow_gal Jul 18, 2008 08:11 AM

          I like the octopus appetizer at Gusto. Also like the grilled octopus at Nick's on 9th Avenue. And the polpo with gigantes at ESCA.

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            yankeefan Jul 18, 2008 08:11 AM

            The octopus I had at Kellari Taverna was remarkable from what I recall.

            There was actually an interesting article in the Post 2 days ago about octopus in the city and its abundance in different cuisines. Greek does it the best in my opinion.

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              City Kid Jul 18, 2008 08:27 AM

              Thanks, I'll check out the Post. I, too, love Kellari's version and agree that Greek octopus is the best.

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              kathryn Jul 18, 2008 08:34 AM

              I have greatly enjoyed octopus at Pylos, Babbo, Esca

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                Charles Yu Jul 19, 2008 03:19 PM

                The octopus appertizer I had at Babbo two weeks ago was 'badly charred'. Half of the tentacles were unedible. And the restaurant wasn't even half full!

              2. prdct Jul 18, 2008 09:56 AM

                I had amazing octopus at Kefi

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                  eggy78 Jul 18, 2008 10:07 AM

                  I agree, I had really good octopus at Kefi. But I saw last weekend that they are moving to a new location soon.

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                  carfreeinla Jul 18, 2008 07:02 PM

                  You should post on the outer borough board. But try Spartan Souvlaki in Brooklyn and the new tapas place that opened on Ferry Street in Newark. The top two on my list right now...

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                    Rafie Jul 19, 2008 10:00 AM

                    I second Pylos. Delicious,charred,some capers...amazing.

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                      City Kid Jul 19, 2008 10:08 AM

                      Wow, sounds great, thanks!

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                      TipsyMcStagger Jul 19, 2008 10:38 AM

                      Lots of good recommendations...but I like to get my octopus "fix" without having to make reservations :)

                      Try the octopus salad at Margon on 46th between 6th and 7th. And grab a Cubano while you're there!


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                        carfreeinla Jul 19, 2008 10:55 AM

                        I just bought some to grill. Hopefully the best will be at my house!

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                          douglas525 Jul 19, 2008 12:41 PM

                          EU on 4th St (I think) by B has a grilled octopus appetizer that is out of this world.

                          1. jakew8 Jul 19, 2008 02:19 PM

                            I've tried octopus at about a dozen restaurants of all sorts in the city. Far and away the best I've had was at Periyali. It's an app and it's expensive, but worth it.

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                              stephaniec25 Jul 19, 2008 03:54 PM

                              I agree. The octopus at Periyali is fantastic. The rest of the food was just OK but i think it's worth going there just to get the octopus.

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                              Ann900 Jul 19, 2008 04:02 PM

                              I had a great octopus (calmari, actually) dish last week. at Snack Taverna on Bedford St.in the West Village. Sauteed in a buttery broth with lemon, fava beans and lots of garlic. Fantastic!

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