Ahh, fried squid. Sounds appetizing, yeah? If not, then how does calamari sound? Much better, we’re assuming. This dish, most commonly found at Italian restaurants, is a must-have in Queens if you’re venturing out for seafood on a summer evening. Served best with marinara sauce, aioli, or even just plain, calamari is golden, crispy and oh-so delicious. So if your tastebuds crave it this year, make sure you try the Best Calamari in Queens to satisfy them.

2021: Queens Voted Piccolo Sogno Best Calamari!

Piccolo Sogno
195-14 47th Ave, Flushing
(718) 224-1717 – piccolosognony.com

There’s truly no better way to enjoy squid than having it fried. The best fried calamari in Queens is served at Piccolo Sogno where executive chef and owner Maurizio has carefully reconstructed the best of what Italian cuisine has to offer. The first bite is the most pivotal one, as you simultaneously experience the crunchiness of the outside and the softness and nuttiness on the inside. Every plate of Piccolo Sogno’s fried calamari is served with a helping of homemade marinara sauce. Its delicious calamari is even incorporated into a linguine pasta dish with clams, mussels, shrimp tossed in garlic and oil. Whether eating it as an appetizer or making it a dinner course, locals cannot resist the best calamari in the borough!

2020: Queens Voted Piccolo Sogno Best Calamari!

Piccolo Sogno
195-14 47th Ave, Flushing
(718) 224-1717 – piccolosognony.com

Executive Chef Maurizio is head of the kitchen at Piccolo Sogno in Flushing. Maurizio has had experience in some of the finest restaurants in Lombardia, Italy, and in 2009 he brought his talents to New York and opened Piccolo Sogno. All the dishes are made with care in traditional Italian fashion. The “Calamari Fritti” is one of Piccolo Sogno’s specialities, but the restaurant also offers a wide array of other foods and wines. All the wines are imported from Italy as well. Come into the restaurant for a comfortable, relaxed dining atmosphere or order out from Piccolo Sogno’s takeout and delivery menu!

2019: Queens Voted Cascarino’s Best Calamari!

Cascarino’s

152-59 10th Ave, Whitestone

718-746-4370 – www.cascarinos.com

Cascarino’s, beloved brick oven pizza place, has added another award to their outstanding menu: calamari. This golden-fried squid is served with a choice of rich, hearty marinara or phenomenal fra diavolo sauce. Cascarino’s calamari is guaranteed to impress every hungry customer. With great food, great prices and a friendly, accommodating staff, Cascarino’s is a must-visit-restaurant in Queens. Their quiet, simple atmosphere and outstanding food has boosted them to the level of neighborhood staple, and their Queens’ best calamari is the cherry on top.

2018: Queens Voted Taverna Kyclades Best Calamari!

Taverna Kyclades

33-07 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

(718) 545-8666

Taverna Kyclades, in Astoria is one of the top Greek restaurants in New York City. Since they launched they have always served fresh food, made with the best ingredients based on original Greek recipes. With its robust menu, the calamari is crispy and savory.

2017: Queens Voted Taverna Kyclades Best Calamari!

Taverna Kyclades
33-07 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105/ (718) 545-8666

Taverna Kyclades, in Astoria is one of the top Greek restaurants in New York City. Since they launched they have always served fresh food, made with the best ingredients based on original Greek recipes. With its robust menu, the calamari is crispy and savory.