Otafuku x Medetai

Otafuku x Medetai

220 E 9th St (btwn Stuyvesant St. & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10003, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • Noon–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • Noon–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
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Takoyaki Pioneer. Serving up authentic Japanese street food since 2001.


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  • octopus
  • combo b
  • takoyaki
  • squid
  • pancakes
  • Okonomiyaki
  • good for a quick meal
  • authentic
  • hole in the wall
  • cute
  • pastries
  • pork
  • great value
  • green tea
  • good service
  • bacon
  • dumplings
  • donuts
  • Yakisoba
  • beef
  • naveen

    takoyaki (octopus balls) and okonomiyaki (pancakey thing) at otafuku. sit outside on the small bench

    naveen · December 7, 2008
  • Tim V.

    Ignore the people who say to skip the bonito flakes; they are Philistines.

    Tim Vetter · March 17, 2010
  • New York Habitat

    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)

    New York Habitat · November 2, 2011
  • Tim V.

    Get Combo B (octopus balls & pancake), all dressed, with a cold barley tea. For $10 you will be stuffed with exotic flavor. Best eating value in E Village.

    Tim Vetter · December 7, 2009
  • Zev L.

    Most amazing takoyaki E village dnt go anywhere and make sure you get combo B

    Zev Levit-Ramos · April 23, 2010
  • Viv

    Get combo B: okonomiyaki + 6 tokoyaki. V good

    Viv · September 9, 2013
  • The Corcoran Group

    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.

    The Corcoran Group · March 23, 2012
  • Mel

    Love the okonomiyaki. Beef is really tasty. Pork is yummy cos it's basically a slab of bacon. Squid can be chewy.

    Mel · June 8, 2010
  • Janice

    Get the takoyaki with all the fixings, Mayo, otafuku bulldog sauce, and bonito flakes. Stop serving at 830pm.

    Janice · November 19, 2009
  • Melody H.

    Their takeout okonomiyaki is the best in the city. No place to sit, though, so plan to hunker down nearby.

    Melody Han · August 17, 2011
  • Mike O.

    takoyaki w/ extra squiggly bonito flakes. avoid eating the okonomiyaki while standing on the street. fail!

    Mike O'Dea · August 9, 2010
  • Alex G.

    Gotta do the takoyaki and yakisoba combo! (Combo C)

    Alex Guevara · September 28, 2012
  • Matt S.

    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)

    Matt Szenics · April 2, 2012
  • Karl P.

    Place gets busy! Order fast! Choose ONE topping for Okonomiyaki!

    Karl P · November 5, 2011
  • Appetite for Good

    Best okonomiyaki in the city! Try every single flavor!

    Appetite for Good · May 7, 2011
  • Preston R.

    Octopus balls. Octopus cabbage pancake with bacon. Small snack or drinking nosh perfection. CASH ONLY - HSBC atm is at the east end of block

    Preston Reset · May 31, 2010
  • John H.

    Takoyaki- what else? Get the combo A with squid Okonomiyaki.

    John Harrington · May 12, 2010
  • Jermaine N.

    have the combo A, okonomiyaki and the yakisoba. it's awesome

    Jermaine Norris · August 4, 2009
  • Phoebe E.

    During the warmer months, they offer shaved ice for dessert. The green tea with red bean is the best of the 3 flavors.

    Phoebe E · July 6, 2009
  • Loretta

    Cute little Takoyaki stand. Sign says fits only 3 people so wait outside! Reminds me of Japan :)

    Loretta · September 12, 2013
  • Andrew R.

    Food here is substantially worse than it was 2 years ago and prior--especially the okonomiyaki and takoyaki. Both are now bland and undercooked.

    Andrew Ross · July 28, 2013
  • Gary R.

    Walk-In Orders Only! Otafuku insists on serving customers hot food, so they kicked up the quality control by omitting pick up or delivery options. Read more

    Gary Reloj · August 13, 2012
  • Athene K.

    TAKOYAKI <3333333333333

    Athene Kim · November 26, 2011
  • Zeynep Z.

    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

    Zeynep Z · October 28, 2011
  • Christen D.

    Takoyaki is best in the city, maybe in the country

    Christen Duong · July 1, 2011
  • Joe M.

    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.

    Joe Mulligan · June 2, 2011
  • April Joy C.

    get the balls. get them with everything. chase them with an ice cold calpico. enjoy.

    April Joy Castillo · May 17, 2011
  • Donald K.

    The takoyaki makes for a nice late night snack.

    Donald Koroh · March 23, 2011
  • blukid

    Get the Octopus Takoyaki. Don't fear the bonito flakes.

    blukid · February 9, 2011
  • Patrick R.

    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!

    Patrick Roanhouse · November 10, 2010
  • Jingyi P.

    Takoyaki, don't miss it...

    Jingyi Pan · November 8, 2010
  • Daria

    Good dishes, but if you want a sit-down place with similar fare, go to Kenka on St. Marks.

    Daria · August 23, 2010
  • Daniela I.

    Octopus Tatoyaki & Pork Okonomiyaki were delicious. The sauce on both were SO tasty! Cute spot as well ;)

    Daniela Italo · July 2, 2010
  • S A.

    Just the way they make it in Kyoto!!

    S A · March 24, 2010
  • Amanda T.

    takoyaki & okonomiyaki $7-9, hazelnut and banana medetai $3

    Amanda Theiler · 6 days ago
  • Edward L.

    hot, crispy outside, chewy inside, cheap, tasty. a must cheap eat in the east village!

    Edward Lu · 2 weeks ago
  • belle

    first time here and really liked the takoyaki. waited like 15 minutes for it but it was fun watching them make it and it tasted good! wish it had more tako though

    belle · 2 weeks ago
  • Michael D.

    Takoyaki: $7.00

    Michael De La Rosa · January 13
  • Rommy T.

    Okonomiyaki is so good that is worth waiting. ❤️

    Rommy Takahashi · January 3
  • Kevin Matthew T.

    The takoyaki is always authentic and great. Just tried the okonomiyaki for the first time, and it was interesting...but delicious nonetheless! It's a small space, but that's one of its fun quirks!

  • Cassidy

    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)

    Cassidy · December 13, 2014
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    Ken Berger · November 29, 2014
  • Ece B.

    Octopus balls which are originally called as "Takoyaki" are very interesting and tasteful. $7. No proper seatings, you just have to wish the bench outside is not taken.

    Ece Bildiren · October 27, 2014
  • simon s.

    New place lacks the charm of the old but the takoyaki is still delicious

    simon s · October 25, 2014
  • Jeanie J.

    Their takoyaki and shrimp yakisoba

    Jeanie Jang · October 23, 2014
  • Omer Z.

    Try the red bean-filled, fish-shaped taiyaki pastry thing.

    Omer Zach · September 28, 2014
  • Village Voice

    The specialty is a gooey pancake called otafuku, which means "cook what you like" and Otafuku provides a fine intro to the genre, featuring ingredients such as shrimp, unsmoked bacon, and squid. Read more

    Village Voice · August 15, 2014
  • Lori L.

    Get the takoyaki while it's still piping hot. You can order okonomiyaki and udon as well.

    Lori Luo · August 10, 2014
  • Jason F.

    pancakes with beef

    Jason Feirman · July 28, 2014
  • Paul B.

    Enjoy the stylized logo of a rabbit with a lead going up its butt. Nature is beautiful.

    Paul Brenner · June 28, 2014