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A Guide to Octopus in New York City, Mapped

Robert Sietsema's octopus recommendations in NYC.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gregory's 26 Corner Taverna

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26-02 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 777-5511
This obscurely located home-style Greek spot mainly coats its tentacles with oregano and lots of olive oil, and provides a side salad.

2. Kopiaste

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Situated in the shadow of the N-train tracks, this Cypriot restaurant takes the simplest and most elegant approach to the creature imaginable.

3. Taverna Kyclades

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33-07 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 545-8666
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This restaurant over the First Avenue stop on the L is a branch of an Astoria favorite, and now the foremost provider of classic Attic octopus in the East Village, served with grilled toasts saturated with olive oil.

4. MP Taverna

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31-29 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 777-2186
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Going against centuries of tradition, Michael Psilakis incorporates octopus into a salad with smoky black eyed peas at the Queens outpost of his chain of casual tavernas, smothering it in a thick mustard vinaigrette.

5. Seabra's Marisqueira

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87 Madison St
Newark, NJ 07105
(973) 465-1250
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This Ironbound Portuguese seafood restaurant really gets it right: thick ropey tentacles with onions and scallions, flooded with lots and lots of olive oil, tendered in a generous serving. Hint: It tastes better sitting at the bar than in the formal dining room.

6. El Colmado

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600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(212) 582-7948
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What goes better with octopus than spuds? At Seamus Mullen’s Gotham West outpost, the paprika-crusted arms are tossed with purple and white potatoes and piquantly dressed with a salsa verde.

7. Margon

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136 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 354-5013
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By some miracle this old-guard Cuban lunch counter still persists near Times Square, turning out a delicious pulpo salad dotted with red peppers and green olives, very much in the Spanish tradition.

8. Gato

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324 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-6400
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Bobby Flay gives a single smallish octopus tentacle an unexpected twist with sour orange and bacon, though the $17 price tag might seem excessive at his Spanish-leaning pan-Mediterranean.

9. Lobster House Joe's

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1898 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10305
(718) 667-0003
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This classic seafood palace offers an abundant octopus salad, enlivened with black and green olives, celery, and red peppers, including specimens of wildly divergent size

10. Nicoletta

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160 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 432-1600
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The Wisconsin-style pizza may be mediocre, but the octopus in the seafood salad showcases Michael White’s famous affinity for seafood, along with mussels and clams in a light lemony dressing.

11. Marta

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29 E 29th Street
New York, NY
(212) 651-3800
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Wrapping around the sinuous tentacles and providing verdant crunch, purslane joins creamy white beans in a salad unique to the world of octopusdom at Danny Meyer’s new Roman pizzeria, via chef Nick Anderer.

12. Malaparte

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753 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-2122
At this slightly upscale offshoot of the beloved West Village pasta mill Malatesta, herbed octopus is treated as something to be heaped on a simple, well-dressed salad, with chicory providing a bitter kick.

13. Buvette

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42 Grove St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-3590
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At Jody Williams’ Buvette, celery provides crunchy counterpoint to the squish of the cephalopod, and olives give this delicious composition a saline edge.

14. Le Midi Bar & Restaurant

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11 E 13th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 255-8787
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Sleeper Greenwich Village bistro Le Midi provides one of the most attractive settings for octopus imaginable: lying like railroad ties alongside potatoes, drizzled with pistou and napped with sunny tomato confit – the soul of Provence.

15. Boulud Sud

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20 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 595-1313
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Marcona almonds, arugula, and orange segments in sherry vinaigrette share the plate with octopus at this Franco-Mediterranean DB restaurant.

16. Ecuatoriana

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1685 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10031
(212) 491-4626
Lightly poached octopod is further "cooked" in lime juice flavored with purple onions and cilantro, served as a cold citrus soup garnished with a periscope of fried plantain in this splendid ceviche.

17. Troy

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2271 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10306
This strange restaurant, intended to evoke ancient Troy, Greece, and Rome, offers the kind of sliced octopus terrine you can readily find at Brighton Beach markets, composed of tentacles attractively presented in cross section.

18. Hasaki

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210 E 9th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 473-3327
At sushi specialist Hasaki, the classic Japanese octopus app also features cucumber, seaweed, and yellow daikon pickle in the lightest dressing imaginable, allowing the rubberiness to shine.

19. Ajisen Ramen

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136 W 28th St.
New York, NY 10001
Chuka idako is a red-cooked baby octopus stew popular in Japan and Hawaii, made from a recipe that probably originated in Malaysia. Find it at this otherwise mediocre ramen restaurant.

20. NY Tofu House

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6 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-5363
This short-lived St. Marks Korean offered a tangle of baby octopi smeared with red chile sauce in a bibimbap lunch special.

21. Uncle Boons

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7 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 370-6650
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Delectably grilled, the baby mollusks at Uncle Boons come with charred lime and a spicy nam prik dipping sauce.

22. Meadowsweet

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149 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-0673
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Polo Dobkin treats octopus like a bathing beauty in this hyper-attractive presentation flavored with chorizo, basil oil, and thin strips of glistening red pepper.

23. Telepan Local

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329 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-9255
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Bill Telepan and chef-de-cuisine Joel Javier have annealed the beast with red wine, garnished it with almonds and parsley, and dropped it in a puddle of tart yogurt.

24. Tuome

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536 E 5th St
New York, NY 10009
(646) 833-7811
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Thomas Chen takes a single perfect tentacle cooked golden and deposits it on a gravel of pork xo; as the dish is served, the chef pops out of the kitchen and squirts on the brown butter foam, for an unexpectedly great (and great looking) dish.

25. Empire Diner

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210 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 596-7523
Treating octopus as an additional element of a standard Greek salad is the idea behind this app at Amanda Freitag’s nine-month-old diner, with mint and feta providing flavor highlights.

26. Barchetta

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461 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-7400
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Dave Pasternak takes his inspiration from the Spanish province of Galicia, charring a paprika-coated tentacle and bedding it with smoked peppers.

1. Gregory's 26 Corner Taverna

26-02 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 11105
This obscurely located home-style Greek spot mainly coats its tentacles with oregano and lots of olive oil, and provides a side salad.
26-02 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105

2. Kopiaste

Astoria, NY 11105
Situated in the shadow of the N-train tracks, this Cypriot restaurant takes the simplest and most elegant approach to the creature imaginable.

3. Taverna Kyclades

33-07 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105
This restaurant over the First Avenue stop on the L is a branch of an Astoria favorite, and now the foremost provider of classic Attic octopus in the East Village, served with grilled toasts saturated with olive oil.
33-07 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105

4. MP Taverna

31-29 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105
Going against centuries of tradition, Michael Psilakis incorporates octopus into a salad with smoky black eyed peas at the Queens outpost of his chain of casual tavernas, smothering it in a thick mustard vinaigrette.
31-29 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105

5. Seabra's Marisqueira

87 Madison St, Newark, NJ 07105
This Ironbound Portuguese seafood restaurant really gets it right: thick ropey tentacles with onions and scallions, flooded with lots and lots of olive oil, tendered in a generous serving. Hint: It tastes better sitting at the bar than in the formal dining room.
87 Madison St
Newark, NJ 07105

6. El Colmado

600 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036
What goes better with octopus than spuds? At Seamus Mullen’s Gotham West outpost, the paprika-crusted arms are tossed with purple and white potatoes and piquantly dressed with a salsa verde.
600 11th Ave
New York, NY 10036

7. Margon

136 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
By some miracle this old-guard Cuban lunch counter still persists near Times Square, turning out a delicious pulpo salad dotted with red peppers and green olives, very much in the Spanish tradition.
136 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

8. Gato

324 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012
Read Review |
Bobby Flay gives a single smallish octopus tentacle an unexpected twist with sour orange and bacon, though the $17 price tag might seem excessive at his Spanish-leaning pan-Mediterranean.
324 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10012

9. Lobster House Joe's

1898 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305
This classic seafood palace offers an abundant octopus salad, enlivened with black and green olives, celery, and red peppers, including specimens of wildly divergent size
1898 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10305

10. Nicoletta

160 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003
The Wisconsin-style pizza may be mediocre, but the octopus in the seafood salad showcases Michael White’s famous affinity for seafood, along with mussels and clams in a light lemony dressing.
160 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10003

11. Marta

29 E 29th Street, New York, NY
Read Review |
Wrapping around the sinuous tentacles and providing verdant crunch, purslane joins creamy white beans in a salad unique to the world of octopusdom at Danny Meyer’s new Roman pizzeria, via chef Nick Anderer.
29 E 29th Street
New York, NY

12. Malaparte

753 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
At this slightly upscale offshoot of the beloved West Village pasta mill Malatesta, herbed octopus is treated as something to be heaped on a simple, well-dressed salad, with chicory providing a bitter kick.
753 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

13. Buvette

42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014
At Jody Williams’ Buvette, celery provides crunchy counterpoint to the squish of the cephalopod, and olives give this delicious composition a saline edge.
42 Grove St
New York, NY 10014

14. Le Midi Bar & Restaurant

11 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003
Sleeper Greenwich Village bistro Le Midi provides one of the most attractive settings for octopus imaginable: lying like railroad ties alongside potatoes, drizzled with pistou and napped with sunny tomato confit – the soul of Provence.
11 E 13th St
New York, NY 10003

15. Boulud Sud

20 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023
Marcona almonds, arugula, and orange segments in sherry vinaigrette share the plate with octopus at this Franco-Mediterranean DB restaurant.
20 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023

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16. Ecuatoriana

1685 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10031
Read Review |
Lightly poached octopod is further "cooked" in lime juice flavored with purple onions and cilantro, served as a cold citrus soup garnished with a periscope of fried plantain in this splendid ceviche.
1685 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10031

17. Troy

2271 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10306
This strange restaurant, intended to evoke ancient Troy, Greece, and Rome, offers the kind of sliced octopus terrine you can readily find at Brighton Beach markets, composed of tentacles attractively presented in cross section.
2271 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10306

18. Hasaki

210 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003
At sushi specialist Hasaki, the classic Japanese octopus app also features cucumber, seaweed, and yellow daikon pickle in the lightest dressing imaginable, allowing the rubberiness to shine.
210 E 9th St
New York, NY 10003

19. Ajisen Ramen

136 W 28th St., New York, NY 10001
Chuka idako is a red-cooked baby octopus stew popular in Japan and Hawaii, made from a recipe that probably originated in Malaysia. Find it at this otherwise mediocre ramen restaurant.
136 W 28th St.
New York, NY 10001

20. NY Tofu House

6 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
This short-lived St. Marks Korean offered a tangle of baby octopi smeared with red chile sauce in a bibimbap lunch special.
6 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003

21. Uncle Boons

7 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Read Review |
Delectably grilled, the baby mollusks at Uncle Boons come with charred lime and a spicy nam prik dipping sauce.
7 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

22. Meadowsweet

149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Polo Dobkin treats octopus like a bathing beauty in this hyper-attractive presentation flavored with chorizo, basil oil, and thin strips of glistening red pepper.
149 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

23. Telepan Local

329 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013