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Recommended by

Ryan Block Engadget Editor-in-Chief

on January 15th 2008

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  • Address

  • 236 East 9th Street
    between Second & Third Avenues
  • New York
  • NY
  • 10003
  • East Village
  • Contact

  • 212 353 8503
  • Payment Method

  • Cash Only
  • Opening Hours

  • Mon-Fri 1pm-10pm
    Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm
  • Directions

  • 6 to Astor Pl or
    L to First Ave or
    L to Third Ave
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Ryan Block Says

There's so many Japanese people living in New York, but there isn't really a Japantown here. There are a couple of blocks over by St. Marks where there are a bunch of Japanese places, but it's not really what you would call Japantown in any other city. But one of those places I really like is Otafuku, a takoyaki stand. It's basically a hole-in-the-wall, it's not very big, but why would it be because all they serve is fried octopus balls. It's octopus in dough, that they just turn it into a ball and give it a squirt of teriyaki sauce and some benito flakes. It's beautiful, it's simple, it's five dollars, and it's some of the best food you can get in the city. It's a grab and go—they don't have any place to sit down except a bench for two people up front. They only serve takoyaki and okonomiyaki. Okonomiyaki is kind of like a Japanese style pancake with a bunch of vegetables and other things. I can't remember the direct translation, but it basically means, cake with bunch of stuff in it. If you get the takoyaki- okonomiyaki special, it's enough for two people. I recently went to Japan and I made sure to stop by Osaka. Their claim to fame is takoyaki and okonomiyaki, so I had a bunch of different vendors' and restaurants' takoyaki and okonomiyaki, and I think that our little New York shop is actually really, really good. You don't have to go to Japan to get good takoyaki.


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