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Otafuku

236 E 9th St, New York City, NY 10003-7503 (East Village)
212-353-8503
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Ranked #6,046 of 11,649 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Japanese
Neighborhood: East Village
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Neighborhood: East Village
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English first
Burlington, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

I apology if I am too picky. I was desperate for some good takoyaki and then I heard about this place. Although it was very quick(I didn't wait at all), and my takoyaki did come with a large size and a lot of bonito flakes, the flavor was not impressing at all. It tastes like BATTER combined with ginger and... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Takoyaki! Eating those delicious gooey, doughy goodness with special oozing sauce,top with paper thin bonito flakes while seating on a planter box. Very New Yorky. I likey.

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Matawan, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Otafuku is a tiny hole in the wall. The sign on the door reads: "Only 3 customers allowed inside. Please wait outside if you see customers inside". It offers no seating, except for a small bench and some planters on the street in front of the place. But with all that said, this place serves the most amazing Octopus Balls.... More

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Berkeley, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

Found this place randomly as we were looking for a place to eat. I always love places that are small and a hole in the wall. The workers there were very nice. Although there's no seating aside from this three-seater bench outside, it's easy to eat standing and to just chill around, especially at night. The food takes about 10-15... More

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Middletown, Connecticut
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101 reviews 101 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2011

Our friend took us to try the takoyaki, baby octopus in batter. A hard sell even for me as someone who loves food, not bad! Gooey or creamy, hard to describe but a cool experience.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2010

Love their Yakisoba and Takoyaki.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2008

gotta love the tako-yaki

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2008

I sometimes crave for takoyaki!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2008

Best takoyaki I've had outside of Japan. (can be a bit slow though)

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2008

I love Kansai street food but this place tends to be inconsistent and really slow sometimes (30 minutes for one okonomiyaki and 6 takoyaki?!?!?) at times they look annoyed when you order food. Its a toss-up if its worth the wait or not.

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