Otafuku x Medetai

Otafuku x Medetai

(Now Closed)
Japanese Restaurant, Snack Place, and Asian Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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    The experts at Village Voice and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
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  • Cassidyheart icon on user image
    CassidyDecember 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    looking for Japanese drunk food? this is it. and this is the best. get the combo B: okonominyaki with pork (you want that crispy bacon!) and takoyaki with extra bonito flakes (aka fish bacon)
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 3, 2016
    "Slather up the takoyaki with kewpie mayo, okonomiyaki sauce, and bonito, and you have pure umami. If only they sold alcohol; then you could wash it down with a beer or sake!" - Chef Tien Ho Read more
  • Brodie O.heart icon on user image
    Brodie OlmsteadNovember 27, 2016
    Love this grab and go spot! The takoyaki was yummy and made to order. Make sure to ask for extra bonito flakes. Grab a combo for the full experience!
  • Leo S.
    Leo SumulongSeptember 26, 2018
    Probably my favorite place to go for Japanese street food when I want something other than ramen or izakaya. Get your takoyaki (fried octopus croquettes) with lots of sauce and bonito flakes.
  • Ghassan A.heart icon on user image
    The okonomiyaki is fried vegetables with either shrimp or bacon plus bonito flakes and their sauces. The vegetables were light and crunchy, the shrimp added a bit of chewiness. Sauces are amazing
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie P.April 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Takoyaki balls!!!! Octopus are the best as that's how they're traditionally made, but they also come with squid, beef, pork, cheese and plain. Cash only and no sit down - but still AMAZING!!!
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie P.April 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing takoyaki (octopus balls with bonito [fish] flakes, homemade mayo, seaweed powder and Japanese BBQ sauce!!) - food is takeout and it's a capacity of 3 customers at a time inside!
  • Brooklyn United
    Brooklyn UnitedJune 19, 2013
    Osaka style street food. Takoyaki, grilled bits of octopus cooked into a ball of batter. Okonomiyaki, Japanese for "What you love, grilled" is a savory Japanese pancake. Unique and delicious!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 2, 2011
    A Japanese hole in the wall in the East Village good for a quick snack. Order the Takoyaki. You'll wonder what on earth you're eating and why it's so delicious. (Hint: it's fried octopus dumplings)
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedApril 11, 2014
    Takoyaki are Japanese fried balls of savory pancake-like patter, with octopus in the middle. They’re served piping hot with gooey insides, and covered in a bunch of sauces and bonito flakes
  • Kevin O.heart icon on user image
    Kevin O'NeillMay 24, 2015
    The noodles (yakisoba) or the pancake (okonomiyaki) are both too good to miss. Lucky for us you can get a combo! With a side medetai for dessert of course...
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    Nastya MJuly 14, 2019
    I’d never been to the “old spot” referred here by some, so can’t compare. But as for now, it is a good street food spot with decent cheap food and no bathroom, but a sanitizer on the counter.
  • Tomheart icon on user image
    TomOctober 10, 2016
    New location does not have the same vibe as the original. Pass on their taiyaki, shells are thin and they are not molded together well. Go for takoyaki (if fresh), the okomomiyaki and yakisoba.
  • Ghassan A.heart icon on user image
    The takoyaki here is ridiculously good. The dumplings texture is softer than marshmallows and then u get the chewiness of the octopus. The dumplings really brings out the flavor of the octopus.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMarch 23, 2012
    If you haven’t tried Takoyaki yet, drop everything and go now to enjoy the savory octopus balls served up here. Still hungry, order Okonomiyaki with pork or squid.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeNovember 15, 2015
    Cheap Japanese street food (not exactly FAST food) that's super authentic and unique. Didn't love the yakisoba (like Lo mein) but dug the okonomiyaki
  • Meir S.
    Meir SadanJuly 30, 2013
    Takoyaki + Okonomiyaki or Yakisoba = 😻 Get it to go and eat it at Cooper Square (There's a nice seating area to the west of the Cooper Union foundation building)
  • Ghassan A.heart icon on user image
    The red bean medetai are made of a thin layer of bread and a ridiculous amount of filling. The filling wasnt too sweet nor to savoury but perfectly balanced in between. Definitely give it a go.
  • TEV N.
    TEV NYCOctober 9, 2012
    Enjoy delicious and authentic Japanese street food, made fresh and ready to go. Make sure to try the popular takoyaki octopus balls (six balls for $5) made from boiled and diced octopus.
    COOLHAUSJuly 15, 2012
    Bringing the street foods of Japan to NYC, Otafuku is our favorite place to grab a quick bite to eat before AND after grabbing drinks with friends in the East Village!
  • Ina L.heart icon on user image
    Ina LiMarch 12, 2015
    It's not the best but it's good enough for some authentic Japanese snacks! The new matcha cake is so so. Enjoying sitting outside with friends and eat
  • Katherine C.heart icon on user image
    Katherine ChiuJune 3, 2015
    The biggest takoyaki I've ever had. Worth the price. Favorite hole in the wall joint when I need more food after a meal
  • Alice f.heart icon on user image
    Alice faultcoreOctober 6, 2015
    Amazing takoyaki, same as in Osaka, it was a pleasant experience to find takoyaki&soba in NYC
  • Chris L.
    Chris LApril 17, 2014
    Takoyaki are Japanese fried balls of savory pancake-like patter, with octopus in the middle (they look a little like Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins).
  • Tim D.heart icon on user image
    Tim DengJuly 3, 2018
    Quick, delicious takoyaki and Japanese pancakes w seafood
  • Vlad
    VladMay 5, 2018
    This place is really authentic. Get a combo of okonomiyaki and yakisoba 😋
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsNovember 5, 2012
    Takoyaki ($5) may not sound appetizing, but they're worth trying. Pieces of octopus are enrobed in wheat flour, and covered in mayo, a smoky “barbecue” sauce, dried seaweed and bonito flakes. Read more
  • Matt S.
    Matt SzenicsApril 2, 2012
    It can be a mouthful if you're not into trying new things out. Flavor explosion! (The Octopus balls and that pancake thing are delicious)
  • Andrei K.heart icon on user image
    Andrei KryssovFebruary 12, 2016
    Simple menu. Delicious quick bite. Red bean medetai is 👌
  • Sophie O.heart icon on user image
    Sophie OmnomJune 30, 2016
    Everything is great! My favorite takoyaki (octopus balls) but the whole menu is solid
  • Jin M.heart icon on user image
    Jin MoonMay 14, 2015
    Their takoyaki is real delicious along with their okomomyaki but it is a long wait sometimes to get the okomomyaki....
  • Teddy L.
    Teddy LuFebruary 17, 2015
    hot, crispy outside, chewy inside, cheap, tasty. a must cheap eat in the east village!
  • Amy P.heart icon on user image
    Amy ParkOctober 23, 2017
    Favorite takoyaki spot in Manhattan. Must try!
  • Zeynep Z.
    Zeynep ZOctober 28, 2011
    If youre in a hurry get takoyaki to go, if you have some time to spare wait for an okonomiyaki w squid and everything on top !!! Also try  ラムネ(ramune) the bubbly
  • Lori L.heart icon on user image
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Get the takoyaki while it's still piping hot. You can order okonomiyaki and udon as well.
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    DSeptember 8, 2015
    Nutella and banana filling. I've definitely had way better ones before
  • Doug B.heart icon on user image
    Doug ByrneMay 12, 2017
    Nice for a snack. Takoyaki, Taiyaki, and Okonomiyaki are all good.
  • Joe M.
    Joe MulliganJune 2, 2011
    You haven't gone balls-out until you've had their octopus Takoyaki. B combo with the pancake. You're not listening if you read the same tip from 30 other peeple here and haven't tried it.
  • Loretta
    LorettaSeptember 12, 2013
    Cute little Takoyaki stand. Sign says fits only 3 people so wait outside! Reminds me of Japan :)
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrennerJune 28, 2014
    Enjoy the stylized logo of a rabbit with a lead going up its butt. Nature is beautiful.
  • David H.heart icon on user image
    David HuMay 31, 2015
    Takoyaki is weird in between: a bit too much for a snack, a bit too little for its own meal. Combos way too filling for one though. Delicious any way.
  • Moshe T.
    Moshe TeitzAugust 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Okonomiyaki with corn + sriracha, literally one of the best things I've eaten in the city.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TApril 5, 2013
    The guys who work here said to get the pork (and never the squid). The yakisoba isn't as filling as the okonomiyaki
  • Amber
    AmberFebruary 21, 2017
    You're here for the pork okonomiyaki
  • Thanh L.
    Thanh LeMay 6, 2014
    Their takoyaki (octopus ball) is unforgettable. Love it!
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LeeMay 13, 2014
    The food here isn't as good as it was when it first opened at it's original location. Sad because it used to be the best!
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ChangJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the few places where you can get fresh hot taiyaki (red bean pastry in fish shape)
  • simon s.heart icon on user image
    simon sOctober 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    New place lacks the charm of the old but the takoyaki is still delicious
  • Vivheart icon on user image
    VivSeptember 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get combo B: okonomiyaki + 6 tokoyaki. V good
  • P.M. R.
    P.M. RoanhouseNovember 10, 2010
    Sadly Baltimore does not have otafuku so I made a point to come here at least once every trip to NYC . Combo B squid + extra bento flakes for the wins!
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