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Dive into the best seafood pasta in NYC

It's National Pasta Month AND National Seafood Month.

What better way to celebrate than with seafood pasta dishes?

Perhaps the best combination since macaroni and cheese, seafood and pasta are oh so perfect together.

Pasta and seafood go hand in hand," said chef Michael White, unofficial Poseidon of New York's seafood pasta scene. "Pasta is porous, therefore, it absorbs the flavors and textures of the seafood quite remarkable."

Here's where to dive into all that deliciousness.

Taglioni with manila clams and calamari at Marea

Michael White hot spot Marea serves several excellent
Photo Credit: Marea

Michael White hot spot Marea serves several excellent seafood and handmade pasta dishes. A standout fussili with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow ($34) offers a heartier side of seafood pasta, but for traditionalists, thick taglioni pasta tossed with manila clams, calamari and peperoncino offers the perfect brininess, spice and rich buttery flavor so essential to a perfect seafood pasta dish.

Find it: $34, Marea, 240 Central Park S., 212-582-5100, marea-nyc.com

Fettuccine Integrale at Lincoln Ristorante

Think your Sunday brunch bagel, turned into a
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Think your Sunday brunch bagel, turned into a luxe pasta dash. Homemade rye-caraway fettuccine is mixed with smoked king salmon in a mustard crema sauce flavored with cicoria and dill. Topped with salmon roe, each bite of this pasta dish offers a satisfyingly complex texture and balance of saltiness and creaminess.

Find it: $27, 142 W. 65 St., 212-359-6500, lincolnristorante.com

Rock Shrimp Linguine at Hugo & Sons

Thick juicy pieces of shrimp entangled in al
Photo Credit: Hugo & Sons

Thick juicy pieces of shrimp entangled in al dente linguine is what this dish is all about. Satisfyingly buttery with just a hint of chili pepper and lemon zest, this deceivingly light-tasting dish is the kind of pasta entree you wish came with a refill.

Find it: $21, Hugo & Sons, 367 7th Ave., Park Slope, 718-499-0020, hugoandsons.com

Gamberi Pasta at Galli

A mash-up of sorts, this unique dish brings
Photo Credit: Galli

A mash-up of sorts, this unique dish brings together some of the best elements of homestyle Italian cooking and swirls them all together in a bowl. Al dente rigatoni tossed with broccoli florets and shrimp is doused in pink sauce, and don't hesitate to go for the albeit nontraditional extra cheese on top.

Find it: $18, Galli, 98 Rivington St., 212-466-1888, gallirestaurant.com

Lobster Pasta at Estiatorio Milos

While many venture to the celeb-magnet Greek restaurant
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

While many venture to the celeb-magnet Greek restaurant for its fresh seafood counter, don't let the whole fish option detract from a pleasantly creamy, savory lobster pasta. Spaghetti is tossed in a light garlic tomato sauce along with a whole lobster, shucked for convenience but plated for elegance.

Find it: $48 (serves two), 125 W. 55 St., 212-245-7400, milos.ca

Re-imagined Spaghetti & Clams at The Gander

Chef Jesse Schenker upgrades this classic pasta dish
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Chef Jesse Schenker upgrades this classic pasta dish by combining al dente spaghetti with salty guanciale, which combines nicely with briny clams. The buttery, bisque-coated dish is topped with bread crumbs and a bit of fresh fennel for textural elegance.

Find it: $22, 15 W. 18th St., thegandernyc.com

Salmone at Spaghetti Incident

It's not a sushi cone, it's a spaghetti
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It's not a sushi cone, it's a spaghetti cone! And yes, we love them. For the seafood-inclined, opt for the Salmone & Asparagi dish. Made with steamed asparagus, capers, and salmon sautéed in creamy vodka sauce, swirl up this dish, available in cone or plate.

Find it: $12, 231 Eldridge St., 646-896-1446, spaghettiincidentnyc.com

Seafood Lasagna at Cucina di Pesce

While the pictured seafood fettuccine is a comfort
Photo Credit: Cucina di Pesce

While the pictured seafood fettuccine is a comfort food standout at this subterranean East Village spot, the seafood lasagne truly stands out on the extensive "Pasta e Frutti di Mare" selections. Shrimp, scallops and crabmeat are layered between sheets of pasta, drenched in homemade marinara sauce.

Find it: $18, 87 E. 4th St., 212-260-6800, cucinadipesce.com

Spaghetti alle Vongole at Fresco by Scotto

You can never have too much spaghetti with
Photo Credit: Fresco by Scotto

You can never have too much spaghetti with clams! Fresco by Scotto's version is lightened up with a sauce made from olive oil and sun dried tomatoes. Hot pepper flakes and garlic add a nice touch of spice to manila clams, all tossed with al dente spaghetti.

Find it: 34 E. 52nd St., 212-935-3434, frescobyscotto.com

Tagliolino Nero at Marco Polo Ristorante

This old school Brooklyn Italian restaurant feels like
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This old school Brooklyn Italian restaurant feels like a massive extension of your perhaps mythical Italian nonna's dining room. Dive into the squid ink pasta here, prepared with shrimp, scallops and calamari and doused in pink sauce. If you're of the more seafood the better mindset, opt for the Zuppa di Pesce, served over linguine with a soupy red sauce good to the last slurp.

Find it: $19, 345 Court St., Brooklyn, 718-852-5015, marcopoloristorante.com

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