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Sik Gaek

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49-11 Roosevelt Ave., Queens, NY 11372 40.743485 -73.914835
at 50th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-205-4555 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Korean, Seafood
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Official Website

sikgaekusa.com

Hours

Daily, 4pm-5am

Nearby Subway Stops

7 at 52nd St.

Prices

$14.99-$99.99

Payment Methods

Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Good for Groups
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Family Style
  • Special Occasion

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

The seafood at this cozy spot, nestled near the elevated 7 train, is so fresh that it’s still moving when it comes to the table. Sik Gaek is known for its young octopus, or sannakji, which has been caught so recently that its nervous system continues to function. Patrons are primarily Korean, but the restaurant has lured many an adventurous foodie since hosting Anthony Bourdain and David Chang for an episode of “No Reservations.” The eight-legged cephalopod appears in numerous dishes, but the most impressive is the fresh octopus hot pot: a wide cauldron, overflowing with just-killed and still-squirming creatures of the deep, which servers place on a burner embedded in the table. A lobster claw may do battle with a live octopus tentacle as it sizzles in the spicy red broth next to clams, mussels, shrimp, abalone, crabs and sea snails. The seafood quickly overcooks, so the first bites tend to taste better than the last. Finishing the hot pot requires eight to ten hungry people. Smaller groups can sample raw octopus in a simpler form: cut into still-moving bite-sized pieces and mingled with garlic cloves and slices of fresh jalapeño. Dip each writhing piece into the accompanying sauces, and don’t forget to chew.

Note

Octopus is not available every night, so call ahead.

Recommended Dishes

Fresh octopus hot pot, $99.99; seafood pancake, $15.99; fresh octopus, $24.99; spicy rice cake, $9.99

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