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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 - 10:00 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
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tasty Takoyaki with Choices of Having Chicken Instead of Octopus

So Otafuku used to be a hole in the wall kind of place but moved to bigger location not too far away from its original 9th St location (St. Marks' area). Not too many places offer takoyaki or okonomiyaki or even yakitori (otaisho in St. Marks). So by default, this is one of the few places for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
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West New York, New Jersey
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

So Otafuku used to be a hole in the wall kind of place but moved to bigger location not too far away from its original 9th St location (St. Marks' area). Not too many places offer takoyaki or okonomiyaki or even yakitori (otaisho in St. Marks). So by default, this is one of the few places for this Japanese street... More 

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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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3 restaurant reviews
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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