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  Otafuku     Otafuku  
      236 E. 9th St. New York, NY 10003
(212) 353-8503

Subway: 6 to Astor Place; N, R, W to 8th St. (NYU)
Mon-Thu 1:00pm-10:00pm
Fri & Sat: Noon-11:00m Sun: Noon-10:00am



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  About Otafuku:      

This tiny, vendor-like joint specializes in takoyaki and okonomiyaki pancakes, popular Japanese comfort foods, as well as taiyaki and daifuku mochi cakes filled with red bean paste. Otafuku's items can make you feel as if you were a youngster exploring downtown Tokyo.

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Seasonal shaved ice, takoyaki & yakisoba, and combo items.


New York Times

This unusual and interesting Japanese storefront offers only two dishes rarely seen in New York: takoyaki, or octopus croquettes, and okonomiyaki ,which, loosely translated, means grilled pancakes with anything you like. Both are popular Japanese snacks or light meals, and they are absolutely delicious. Otafuku has a small counter, but is better suited for takeout.

The Village Voice | Best Of Award 2000

Cruise up to the window on 9th Street and put in your order for okonomiyaki ("eat what you like"), the Japanese street-food snack. These eggy rice-starch pancakes are loaded, at your direction, with goodies like shrimp, squid, pork, green onions, corn, cabbage, and pickled ginger and nicely browned on both sides. Otafuku has one other specialty—fried octopus fritters called takoyaki.

The Village Voice Blog | Ichibantei vs. Otafuku: Which Restaurant has better Octopus Balls?

November 29th, 2010

Otafuku has long been New York's go-to spot for takoyaki, the delicious gooey dough balls filled with chopped octopus, but the mini-eatery is getting a run for its money from an East Village neighbor, the recently opened "Japanese soul food" restaurant Ichibantei (401 East 13th Street, 877-731-4339). So the question on everyone's mind, is, obviously, who's got the better balls? ..Read all