Little Charlies just closed, the last spectacular fried calamari, scungili etc with sweet, medium and hot sauce. A medium that was too hot for most of the unititiated. A very funky old place, on Kenmare, since 1926 says the awning, still hanging, probably never saw a tourist,,,,
Once upon a time there was The Lime House on Mott in Chinatown - SOUTH of Canal, open til 6 in the morning, talking 60's & 70's now. From the clubs to Lime House to the 10th St baths to wake up. Or Vincent's, which was open til' maybe 3PM. (is there a board for NYC famous late nite?)
Vincent's and the new Umberto's have little in common with the past.
I went to Umberto's last week and the calamari was thickly breaded (major no-no) tasteless, no texture and the sauces were even worse.
Randazzo's in Bklyn doesn't cut it.
I'd like to hear from those who "really know fried calamar, so lightly floured, in a "real" hot sauce. Bronx's City Island, Arthur Avenue, Bkly'n's Red Hook, Bay Ridge,Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island, Old Italian Queens, how about Newark's Portugese seafood?
Thank you for any insights into an almost lost art!