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Best Octopus (Non-Sashimi)

guttergourmet Jan 16, 2009 03:42 AM

And the award for best octopus in a non-Japanese restaurant goes to...Anthos for its "smoked" octopus which they enlarged for me from an appetizer portion to an entree. Unbelievably good. It was like Texas barbecue meets cephalopod.

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    slevyman Jan 16, 2009 06:48 AM

    Grilled octopus & bean salad at Kefi is pretty solid

    http://www.kefirestaurant.com/

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      ExFlexitarian Jan 16, 2009 07:13 AM

      Pylos has a pretty righteous grilled 'pus as well.

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        financialdistrictresident May 18, 2009 04:12 PM

        Agree Pylos' octopus is good, except for the balsamic vinegar.

      2. baldwinwood Jan 16, 2009 07:18 AM

        Esca serves a great grilled octopus with white beans and a little frisee and a touch of olive oil.

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          Francofoodie Jan 16, 2009 08:07 AM

          Downstairs at Peasant on Elizabeth has a solid Octopus app.

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            pastry634 Jan 16, 2009 08:26 AM

            I really liked Babbo's octopus the last time I was there. It was very tender, but still contained the nice, crispier bits at the end of the tentacles. It was very well presented and accompanied with a vibrant green, slightly citrus-y sauce.

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              City Kid Jan 16, 2009 09:48 AM

              A thread on this from a few months back:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/539988

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                kobetobiko Jan 16, 2009 11:50 AM

                Hi City Kid,

                Thanks for retrieving the thread. I will add to the list (Babbo is my favorite), Degustation, and Belcourt.

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                  ian9139 Jan 17, 2009 07:56 PM

                  the grilled octopus at degustation is amazing

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                    guttergourmet May 18, 2009 02:19 PM

                    Just tried Belcourt's with the cardamon carrots, mint, cilantro and jalapeno dipping sauce. Just a suction cup behind Anthos, but fantastic.

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                      kobetobiko May 18, 2009 10:55 PM

                      I haven't been to Belcourt for a long time. I have heard that the chef was about to leave a few months ago, but didn't know how it turned out.

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                        guttergourmet May 19, 2009 04:33 AM

                        I believe he stayed.

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                  drgoody Jan 17, 2009 07:21 PM

                  people are clueless the best octopus is taverna kyclades in astoria or spend 22 dollars at milos when kyclades is better for a third of the price

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                    simetrias May 18, 2009 02:39 PM

                    I went to La Fonda del Sol (in MetLife Bldg) on Fri for a fabulous meal, and started out with the Pulpo (a la gallega). It was a perfect execution of the Spanish (Galician) style: olive oil, pimenton, kosher salt. Really good tapa.

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                      financialdistrictresident May 18, 2009 04:16 PM

                      Falai, another for Periyali (they marinate it) and second Kyclades (see Outer Borough Board).

                    2. uhockey May 21, 2009 06:53 PM

                      One more for the Octopi at Babbo.....unreal.

                      1. bigjeff May 22, 2009 09:29 PM

                        it ain't a traditional japanese prep but the octopus with spinach noodles at Mooncake Foods kicked ass the last time I had it (about 2 weeks ago at their midtown location); thin slices of perfectly-chewy cold octopus over greens and spinach soba or something like that, topped with a peanut sauce. incredible fresh taste and at $8, unbeatable.

                        interesting how, excluding sashimi preps, most of the picks are greek; of course! I did have an excellent octopus dish at falai in LES tho; damn good.

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                          chowbeth May 26, 2009 12:36 PM

                          Shang does a very good octopus sliced paper-thin, with tomatillo and pennywort relish.

                          See this New Yorker shout-out for it: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/reviews...

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                            lawgirl1984 May 27, 2009 05:11 AM

                            The fusili with octopus and bone marrow at Marea (not a dinner-sized portion) is out of this world.

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                              Alex318 May 29, 2009 06:57 PM

                              I have to agree - I went to Anthos last Friday for the 1st time and it was one of the better octopus dishes I have ever had. That and the Lamb entree were stand out dishes.

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