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best grilled calamari?

BLover33 Jan 2, 2009 07:45 AM

who makes the best? LOVE Il Bagatto's but looking for another place. preferably below 23rd street.

also, good tuna tartare?

thanks in advance!

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    RCC RE: BLover33 Jan 2, 2009 01:08 PM

    I don't have grilled calamari often, but have recently had good ones at Malatesta in the W Village area and at Da Andrea (currently closed and in the process of moving to a nearby location in February).

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      saminyc RE: RCC Jan 2, 2009 06:49 PM

      not in manhattan but worth going to queens for, Taverna Klycades (spelling?) does get verrry crowded... astoria

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        BLover33 RE: saminyc Jan 2, 2009 07:20 PM

        love Kyclades but looking for Manhattan. thanks!

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        piegirl74 RE: RCC Jan 22, 2009 07:56 AM

        I agree about the app at Da Andrea. It's delicious! (They are relocating near my office so I look forward to trying them out when they re-open. Though, the original 'hood is far more charming).

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        kobetobiko RE: BLover33 Jan 2, 2009 08:49 PM

        I second Malatesta's grilled calamari. Ethos and Esca also have great grilled calamari.

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          Pan RE: BLover33 Jan 2, 2009 09:53 PM

          I loved the calamari at Kefi when it was at the old location; haven't been to the new location yet. Lupa is another good spot for things like calamari and octopus.

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            RCC RE: Pan Jan 3, 2009 06:56 AM

            We averaged 4 meals at Lupa each of the last 3 years and, somehow, may have missed out on their calamari dish. How is it prepared? Is it part of their regular menu?

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              Pan RE: RCC Jan 3, 2009 12:48 PM

              I don't see any calamari on their current online menu. It must have been a seasonal item or a special. As you probably know, their menu changes seasonally. I do see an octopus with ceci and sorrel on their current menu, though.

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                RCC RE: Pan Jan 3, 2009 04:12 PM

                While I'm not a fan of the grilled octopus at Lupa, if it was octopus that was asked, my recommndation would be the one that Hearth used to, and still sometimes, offer in their regular menu. Hearth's version is braised - just the way I prefer the dish.

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            travpard RE: BLover33 Jan 3, 2009 06:00 PM

            momofuku ssam. end of discussion

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              Scotty100 RE: travpard Jan 4, 2009 05:44 PM

              travpard...you are so right on that one!! Had it last week as an app - most amazing grilled calamari dish I've ever tasted. Momo ssam continues to impress me more and more every time I eat there.

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                BLover33 RE: travpard Jan 21, 2009 07:03 PM

                never been. thanks

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                  j.jessica.lee RE: BLover33 Jan 21, 2009 08:27 PM

                  i just had the grilled octopus appetizer at gramercy tavern last night and it was pretty darn awesome. perfectly cooked and tender. i thoroughly enjoyed every single tasty bite. but i've never tried the calamari at ssam (i know that calamari and octopus are different) or at taverna.

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                City Kid RE: BLover33 Jan 22, 2009 07:19 AM

                The tuna tartare at Buzina Pop has bits of fois gras in it...incredible!

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                  anonymousfoodperson RE: BLover33 Jan 22, 2009 08:39 AM

                  Il Bagatto's was absolutely superb, though I only had it once. It was on the special list when I went... does anyone know if it is a standard special or how often it is available there?

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                    BLover33 RE: anonymousfoodperson Jan 23, 2009 06:46 PM

                    They have it as a special almost every night. It's their signature dish

                  2. squid kun RE: BLover33 Jan 22, 2009 10:15 AM

                    Too far uptown for the OP, but I had a terrific version a couple months back at Cipolla Rossa.

                    Cipolla Rossa
                    1762 1st Ave, New York, NY 10128

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