New York, NY 10003
- Sun 12pm-10pm, Mon-Thu 1pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm
- Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
- Dinner, Lunch
- Not Necessary, Accepted
- No Parking
Village Voice's Description
Think it might be a nightclub owned by Joey Buttafuoco? Nope -- it's an Osaka-style street-food stand where the specialty is a gooey pancake called otafuku, which means "cook what you like." While the range of offerings doesn't match that of a similar establishment at the Japanese mall in Edgewater, New Jersey, Otafuku provides a fine intro to the genre, featuring ingredients such as shrimp, unsmoked bacon, and squid. Also offered: fried octopus balls (who knew they had balls?).
Tips from foursquare
takoyaki (octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (pancakey thing) at otafuku. sit outside on the small bench
Ignore the people who say to skip the bonito flakes; they are Philistines.
Get Combo B (octopus balls & pancake), all dressed, with a cold barley tea. For $10 you will be stuffed with exotic flavor. Best eating value in E Village.
A Japanese hole in the wall in the East Village good for a quick snack. Order the Takoyaki. You'll wonder what on earth you're eating and why it's so delicious. (Hint: it's fried octopus dumplings)
Get combo B: okonomiyaki + 6 tokoyaki. V good
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