Sik Gaek

New York

Anthony Bourdain and David Chang may have highlighted this restaurant’s still-alive octopus dish, but the non-squirming meat dishes pack just as much, if not more, flavor (you thought we were going to say punch, right?). The requisite order here calls for spicy marinated pork -- which promises an addictively sweet-piquant experience -- and twisted galbi. Offering a textural change from the classic marinated beef short rib item, the galbi pairs swimmingly well with Littleneck clam BBQ -- so you can taste Sik Gaek’s seafood renown, while getting your warm-blooded fix.