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