Otafuku x Medetai

Otafuku x Medetai

Japanese Restaurant, Snack Place, and Asian Restaurant
220 E 9th St (btwn Stuyvesant St. & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10003, United States
Hours:
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • Noon–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • Noon–11:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
No
Wi-Fi:
Free
Outdoor Seating:
No

Takoyaki Pioneer. Serving up authentic Japanese street food since 2001.

8.7/10

Based on 253 votes

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  • octopus
  • combo b
  • takoyaki
  • squid
  • pancakes
  • authentic
  • Okonomiyaki
  • good for a quick meal
  • hole in the wall
  • cute
  • pastries
  • pork
  • soba
  • good for a late night
  • great value
  • green tea
  • good service
  • casual
  • desserts
  • bacon
  • Luke

    Cash only💲

    Luke · 2 weeks ago
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  • Lawrence L.

    service slow af

    Lawrence L. · 2 weeks ago
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  • shell F.

    Yum! But only has few seats.

    shell Fu · 2 weeks ago
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  • Frank F.

    Grab lunch or a late night drunken snack with a friend here and split a Combo B. Trust me – it's enough food for three!

    Frank Fuhrmeister · 3 weeks ago
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  • Randy W.

    Yaki soba and takoyaki Combo C

    Randy Wong · 3 weeks ago
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  • sake K.

    Japanese street food, new york style...definitely try balls freshly made

    sake Knockout · March 18
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  • sake K.

    Takoyaki in a pinch

    sake Knockout · March 18
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  • Ina L.

    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

    Ina Li · March 12
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  • Amanda T.

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

    Amanda Theiler · February 27
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  • Edward L.

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

    Edward Lu · February 17
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  • 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 · February 16
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  • Michael D.

    Takoyaki: $7.00

    Michael De La Rosa · January 13
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  • Rommy T.

    Okonomiyaki is so good that is worth waiting. ❤️

    Rommy Takahashi · January 3
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  • 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!

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  • 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 B.

    Okonomiyaki

    Ken Berger · November 29, 2014
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  • 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
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  • simon s.

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

    simon s · October 25, 2014
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  • Jeanie J.

    Their takoyaki and shrimp yakisoba

    Jeanie Jang · October 23, 2014
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  • Omer Z.

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

    Omer Zach · September 28, 2014
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  • 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
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  • Lori L.

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

    Lori Luo · August 10, 2014
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  • Jason F.

    pancakes with beef

    Jason Feirman · July 28, 2014
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  • Paul B.

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

    Paul Brenner · June 28, 2014
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  • Wen F.

    Great snack when you're hungry, just once in a while.

    Wen Fu · June 10, 2014
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  • Dave H.

    Larger location, still cash only :p

    Dave Hong · June 7, 2014
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  • Lauren L.

    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!

    Lauren Lee · May 13, 2014
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  • Thanh L.

    Their takoyaki (octopus ball) is unforgettable. Love it!

    Thanh Le · May 6, 2014
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  • Chris L.

    Takoyaki are Japanese fried balls of savory pancake-like patter, with octopus in the middle (they look a little like Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins).

    Chris L · April 17, 2014
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  • BuzzFeed

    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

    BuzzFeed · April 11, 2014
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  • Yamil L.

    They moved up the block, over by yakiniku west.

    Yamil Lay · March 15, 2014
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  • Löplöpçüler

    Takoyaki ve okonomiyaki combimasyonunu alın ikisinin de tadıha bakmış olun

    Löplöpçüler · February 10, 2014
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  • Eddie M.

    Get some Takoyaki. Sit in front and people watch. Eat. Get some more. Repeat.

    Eddie Moy · January 8, 2014
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  • Claire G.

    Pancakes were really delicious but the octopus balls were a bit of a let down... Try were quite cold as they had been sitting out.

    Claire Gillan · January 8, 2014
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  • Loretta

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

    Loretta · September 12, 2013
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  • Viv

    Get combo B: okonomiyaki + 6 tokoyaki. V good

    Viv · September 9, 2013
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  • Shawn E.

    Awesome place for takoyaki

    Shawn Espinoza · September 6, 2013
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  • Moshe T.

    Okonomiyaki with corn + sriracha, literally one of the best things I've eaten in the city.

    Moshe Teitz · August 22, 2013
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  • Yukino K.

    Takoyaki: it's alright. I've had worst and I've definitely had better. Yakisoba: one of the worst. Don't get the yakisoba; it's really oily and bland.

    Yukino Kondo · August 11, 2013
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  • Meir S.

    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)

    Meir Sadan · July 30, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Brooklyn United

    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!

    Brooklyn United · June 19, 2013
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  • Ben W.

    Takoyaki!!! Get em. You won't regret it.

    Ben Watkins · June 1, 2013
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  • Dorothy

    Insanely slow, even at 9pm! Stood around waiting for 20 mins after ordering before getting our order of okonomiyaki

    Dorothy · May 24, 2013
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  • Anand S.

    Great squid balls

    Anand Somasundaram · May 21, 2013
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  • a. h.

    everything. try everything. middle of the day= no wait.

    a. hirata · May 1, 2013
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  • Stephanie P.

    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. · April 19, 2013
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  • Stephanie P.

    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!

    Stephanie P. · April 17, 2013
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  • Michael T.

    The guys who work here said to get the pork (and never the squid). The yakisoba isn't as filling as the okonomiyaki

    Michael T · April 5, 2013
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  • Adrienne L.

    Eating fried octopus balls when you're hungover is not a good idea

    Adrienne Liu · March 29, 2013
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