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Best of New York Food 2004

Best Octopus

  • Pelagos

    103 West 77th Street, 212-579-1112

    No one cooks octopus like the Greeks. If you’ve come to know and salivate over the charred mollusk at Avra, or the grilled one at Estiatorio Milos, you’ll be equally thrilled by the delectable version Pelagos is now serving up. First, the fish, flown in fresh from Portugal, is tenderized in a special contraption that resembles a washing machine. Then it’s pan-roasted for hours with wine vinegar before being grilled until the outside is crispy and the meat is tender and succulent. The dish is served with onions, dill, capers, roasted peppers, and parsley in a light vinaigrette. Though billed as an appetizer, it could easily pass as an entrée. .

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