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236 E 9th St, New York City, NY 10003-7503
+1 212-353-8503
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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77 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

We stopped by today to try some Okonamayaki. I spent 6 years on Okinawa and never had any . We got one pork and one shrimp and they were good, not great but good. There was a lot more shredded cabbage than I thought there would be but it was quite good. The food was prepared quickly and it was... More 

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Baltimore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 319 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2016

I didn't have high expectations, but for a place that has 4 items on their menu (takoyaki, okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and medetai), I am going to assume you do them well. I gave the takoyaki and okonomiyaki a shot, but they were, to be honest, not good. The takoyaki was large, but mostly starch and very little tako. The okonomiyaki felt... More 

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Greer
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

This is one of the tons of cool places to eat in East Village! We had a blast running from one shop to the next-got the Takoyaki here; so good! Not much of a seating area but that's common for the area. Worth the visit!

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Thank Lindancor
Hebron, CT, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2016

This is one up from a hole in the wall - its a small standup with a bench outside, but you are here for the Takoyaki. All very Japanese and really very good. Ordering is easy if you are not fluent - there is a Combo option to make life easy. They make the little octopus balls in front of... More 

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Thank David-from-CT
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2016

Otafuku is a great place for snack after one has dinner around. The Takoyaki is amazing, squid inside. The place is hidden and tiny, there is not enough seats, or even enough space for people to stand, that's why Otafuku is always crowded.

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Thank Tian Q
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank StoneFist
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank marshaworld
Freeman, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Matthew B
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Losris
Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Good for
Dining on a budget
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
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: +1 212-353-8503

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