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Otafuku

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236 E 9th St, New York City, NY 10003-7503
212-353-8503
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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  • 11
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Oh my Takoyaki*******

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 16, 2013
Ley10
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Columbus, Ohio
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30 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New York City, New York
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Every person who I've introduced this eatery has been shocked that they've never tried nor discovered the tasty offerings. I actually eat here about once a week and order the combo special comprised of Takoyaki & Okonomiyaki... I always feel fat, dumb, and happy afterwards LOL I don't know anywhere else who prepares fresh Takoyaki besides here since I know... More 

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Freeman, South Dakota
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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This is a really small place with only a bench outside for seating but the food is definitely worth it. I'd say it's probably almost always packed inside here because the line circled the whole place when I was there. I got a takoyaki + okonamiyaki combo meal with a medetai for dessert. It was all great! A ton of... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
3 helpful votes 3 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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141 reviews 141 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 236 E 9th St, New York City, NY 10003-7503
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: 212-353-8503

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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