Single Serving: Takoyaki at Otafuku in Manhattan, New York

by James Boo on July 30, 2011 · 3 comments

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Do Japanese kids ever beg their parents for a six-piece takoyaki meal?

I suppose this question begs another: How often do Japanese kids beg their parents?

McChildhood culture aside, Otafuku‘s takoyaki beckon the cravings center of my brain anytime I’m within a few blocks from E. 9th St. At this Japanese take-out counter, these fluffy, golden-brown, spherical griddle cakes are stuffed with springy octopus meat, slathered in a salty/sweet mystery sauce, drizzled lightly with mayo, sprinkled with dried seaweed flakes and topped off with a fistful of super savory katsuobushi.

$8 gets you 6 takoyaki with okonomiyaki (great for an early lunch) or seafood-centric yakisoba (perfect for a post-happy-hour snack). Otafuku offers one hardy bench outside its door for a brief urban picnic; all you really need is a sunny day and an off hour to make this an oishii! meal.

236 E. 9th St.
New York, NY 10003


esther July 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I went there once and was disappointed! I thought the takoyaki was too doughy, and super salty. But it sounds like that was not your experience at all!

James Boo July 30, 2011 at 9:44 pm

It seems like Otafuku’s an inconsistent place, but also one that draws inconsistent opinions. I go there every couple months, and haven’t had a bad turn (not super salty, though I could see how one could see the takoyaki as doughy).

James Boo July 30, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Esther, where else can we score takoyaki in NYC? It wouldn’t hurt me to have more points of reference :)

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