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May 19, 2014 04:36 PM

Best deep fried baby octopus/calamari

Hi Im looking for a great deep fried baby octopus/ calamari with body and tentacles. Would be great if the place had other delicious treats and a good, affordable wine list.


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    1. re: scunge

      That link says vincents clam bar FROM littlie italy, the address shows it as old country road in long island. That being said, I've actually been there, and i was not impressed. I ordered fried clams and fried calamari and both were just ok, the same way diner french fries are always ok (assuming the oil is hot and fresh,) but rarely something to write home about.

      The google maps for Mott and Hester says Vincent's Restaurant, little italy. Are they related?

      Oh, and my votes in queens are Pizza Classica in Glendale, and Black Sea Grill in Rego park (they serve it with a great, tahini like sauce,) but i'm sure I've yet to find the best.

      1. re: zakappel

        I just pass the Mott st Vincents was busy.

        1. re: zakappel

          Vincent's, although not what it used to be, is an icon in NY"s Little Italy. They do fried calamari, shrimp and scungilli very well. They are known for their hot sauce. Umberto's was their competition.
          Neither served fried octopus. I don't think I've ever eaten fried octopus anywhere in NYC except for takoyaki. Therefore I will try the chinatown recs here, unless people are confusing octopus and squid. I have had baby marinated octopus in a few Italian restaurants in NYC.

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            Do you know if Vincent's serves the tentacles as well or just squid rings? Thanks.

            1. re: Agordo

              They used to maybe give them a call.

              1. re: foodwhisperer

                I didn't think the octopus was fried in takoyaki, though everything else seemed to be.

          2. Aren't they two totally different things?

            I'd go to NY Noodletown for the squid, and byob.

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            1. re: mitchleeny

              Yes, they are 2 different creatures, which are not even related.

            2. I like the fried baby octopus from Men Tui Kei

              1. You can get fried baby octopus? There isn't much I haven't eaten but typically the baby octopus I have had is grilled or braised. Never saw it fried. Fried calamari is easy to come across and more typical. Will be following this thread closely to give it a try.

                1. Parm in little italy/nolita

                  This link/video is older but i doubt they have changed how they make it, at 49 seconds there's a shot with lots of legs? tentacles? Suckers?

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                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                    This link is about calamari, not octopus.

                    1. re: GaryUES

                      But I appreciate it.

                      As I said, I'm looking for great deep fried calamari-with tentacles, I'm not interested in a basket of rings- and/or deep fried baby octopus. For the record, I have only had deep fried baby octopus in Asia.

                      And it was spectacular.

                      1. re: GaryUES

                        Yes...... Aka what the OP is looking for.... I didn't say it was octopus.