79th and Columbus, New York, NY
Octopus and fennel salad
You've got to be careful about ordering octopus. When it's good, it's good. But when it's bad, it's just all wrong. It's so easy to overcook it, then you've just got chunks of flavorless bicycle tire. Not what you want to be chewing on. If I'm the least bit skeptical of a restaurant I won't bother to even try it.
But I had ultimate faith in Ducale, a restaurant on my corner that also happens to serve an outstanding Bolognese sauce. They did a great job with the octopus, light and fresh and perfectly cooked, tender and flavorful. I approve!