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Fried Squid at WILDAIR

Wildair has been turning out some of the most exciting food this year and the place even sells itself as mostly a wine bar. We didn’t even drink any wine, but we loved all the food, including their take on typical fried squid. The calamri is breaded with a potato and masa flour (so it’s gluten free) which gives it a puffy, tempura-like texture. Hidden among the squid is also fried lemon rinds, green onions, and scattered basil. Of course, on the side is a squid ink garlic aioli. Why hasn’t any one thought of that before? Price: $15

WILDAIR
142 Orchard Street (between Delancey and Rivington Street),
Lower East Side
(646) 964-5624
wildair.nyc
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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