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Mar 11, 2012 05:25 AM

Best Octopus in Manhattan?

Best place to get octopus in Manhattan?

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  1. I love me some octopus - rubirosa's octopus appetizer is really really exceptional - mache, almonds, tomatoes and chopped giarinerra. one time i had it the octopus was cooked just a hair past perfection, but its been my favorite octopus dish of the last year, for sure.

    i have also really enjoyed two brooklyn octopi - roberta's with black garlic, watermelon, and sea beans (may not have watermelon in non-summer versions) and thistle hill tavern's version with a deconstructed romesco sauce (more tomatoes and almonds, like rubirosa's) is also pretty great.

    i may be a bad judge since i love pretty much all octopus so long as they arent cooked into toughness (which is why i never get the popularity of sushi octopus, if i wanted to chew a piece of rubber id rather not pay 5 bucks to do it) but these are some of my faves.

    235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

    1. Marea has a two great octopi dishes. One app and one pasta and both are delicious.

      240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: melpy

        2nd Marea. Both dishes are delicious.

      2. I'm admittedly inexperienced with octopus--it's not something I usually order--but I can attest to the deliciousness of Babbo's octopus appetizer. It's awesome.

        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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        1. re: crsin

          The ones that I had were 'WAY OVER-CHARRED', but the kitchen simply did not care and released the dish anyways!! No wonder Michelin removed their star!!

        2. Babbo
          La Mar (ceviche)

          See also:

          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

          128 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

          402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

          38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

          La Mar
          11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

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          1. re: kathryn

            Good call on Pylos, I haven't been there in a long time but I remember the octopus. I should go back soon.

            1. re: kathryn

              To add onto my previous post: the octopus "carpaccio" at Txikito.

            2. Always liked the braised octopus dish at Hearth.

              Nowadays, my go to octopus dish is the one at Riverpark. Baby octopus with clams and chorizo.


              403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

              450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016