Otafuku x Medetai

Otafuku x Medetai

Japanese Restaurant, Snack Place, and Asian Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • D
    DMay 26
    Combo B $11
  • Doug B.
    Nice for a snack. Takoyaki, Taiyaki, and Okonomiyaki are all good.
  • Amber
    AmberFebruary 21
    You're here for the pork okonomiyaki
  • Rob J.
    Rob JaslowJanuary 31
    Best takoyaki
  • Tim C.
    Tim CallahanDecember 30, 2016
    Octopus balls w bento
    Upvoted Aug 11
  • Josiah L.
    Josiah LauDecember 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    You can pay with Android/Apple pay
  • Brodie O.
    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!
  • Bryant B.
    Bryant BalatbatNovember 8, 2016
    Great place for a takoyaki fix.
  • D
    DOctober 31, 2016
    Takoyaki yumm
  • Tommy C.
    Tommy ChenOctober 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.
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangAugust 29, 2016
    Takoyaki (octopus balls)
  • 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
  • Marco G.
    Marco GomesJuly 3, 2016
    excellent takoyaki
  • Omnominated O.
    Everything is great! My favorite takoyaki (octopus balls) but the whole menu is solid
  • Ghassan A.
    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.
  • Ghassan A.
    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
  • Ghassan A.
    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.
  • Anthony Z.
    Takoyaki to go
  • Andrei K.
    Andrei KryssovFebruary 12, 2016
    Simple menu. Delicious quick bite. Red bean medetai is 👌
  • Kony
    KonyJanuary 30, 2016
    Service for medetai is super slow . My order sat there for five minutes and got cold . Don't order the medetai
  • Nat Y.
    Nat Y・January 13, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The takoyakis are the best!
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RNovember 21, 2015
    The takoyaki was good just not filled enough with meat.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinNovember 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
  • Lillian C.
    Lillian CheungOctober 7, 2015
    Cash only!!
  • Alice f.
    Alice faultcoreOctober 6, 2015
    Amazing takoyaki, same as in Osaka, it was a pleasant experience to find takoyaki&soba in NYC
  • Jackie V.
    Jackie VSeptember 26, 2015
    Awesome takoyaki.
  • Travis B.
    Travis BloomSeptember 11, 2015
    Dem pancakes 👍
  • D
    DSeptember 8, 2015
    Nutella and banana filling. I've definitely had way better ones before
  • Thomas P.
    Thomas PajorAugust 20, 2015
    Get the Takoyaki, it’s heavenly delicious.
  • Julius T.
    Julius TarngAugust 8, 2015
    There's not much choice for yakisoba or okonomiyaki in NYC so I guess you'll have to do
  • Lizzy S.
    Lizzy SaxeJune 12, 2015
    Takoyaki and okonomiyaki are great here.
  • Katherine C.
    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
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungMay 31, 2015
    This is how it's done. Gooey on the inside.
  • David H.
    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.
  • Kevin O.
    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...
  • Tak Y.
    Tak YanMay 17, 2015
    Takoyaki is good.
  • Jin M.
    Jin MoonMay 14, 2015
    Their takoyaki is real delicious along with their okomomyaki but it is a long wait sometimes to get the okomomyaki....
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaMay 2, 2015
    Combo B, yes. Do it.
  • Luke
    LukeApril 11, 2015
    Cash only💲
  • Lawrence L.
    Lawrence L.April 10, 2015
    service slow af
  • shell F.
    shell FuApril 10, 2015
    Yum! But only has few seats.
  • Frank F.
    Frank FuhrmeisterApril 6, 2015
    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!
  • Randy W.
    Randy WongMarch 31, 2015
    Yaki soba and takoyaki Combo C
  • Ina L.
    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
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 27, 2015
    takoyaki & okonomiyaki $7-9, hazelnut and banana medetai $3
  • Teddy L.
    Teddy LuFebruary 17, 2015
    hot, crispy outside, chewy inside, cheap, tasty. a must cheap eat in the east village!
  • Michael D.
    Michael De La RosaJanuary 13, 2015
    Takoyaki: $7.00
  • Rommy T.
    Rommy TakahashiJanuary 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Okonomiyaki is so good that is worth waiting. ❤️
  • Cassidy
    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)
  • Ken B.
    Ken BergerNovember 29, 2014
    Okonomiyaki
  • simon s.
    simon sOctober 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    New place lacks the charm of the old but the takoyaki is still delicious
  • Jeanie J.
    Jeanie JangOctober 23, 2014
    Their takoyaki and shrimp yakisoba
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachSeptember 28, 2014
    Try the red bean-filled, fish-shaped taiyaki pastry thing.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    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
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Get the takoyaki while it's still piping hot. You can order okonomiyaki and udon as well.
  • Jason F.
    Jason FeirmanJuly 28, 2014
    pancakes with beef
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrennerJune 28, 2014
    Enjoy the stylized logo of a rabbit with a lead going up its butt. Nature is beautiful.
  • Wen F.
    Wen FuJune 10, 2014
    Great snack when you're hungry, just once in a while.
  • Dave L.
    Dave LiaoJune 7, 2014
    Larger location, still cash only :p
  • 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!
  • Thanh L.
    Thanh LeMay 6, 2014
    Their takoyaki (octopus ball) is unforgettable. Love it!
  • 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).
  • 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
  • Yamil L.
    Yamil LayMarch 15, 2014
    They moved up the block, over by yakiniku west.
  • Eddie M.
    Eddie MoyJanuary 8, 2014
    Get some Takoyaki. Sit in front and people watch. Eat. Get some more. Repeat.
  • Claire G.
    Claire GillanJanuary 8, 2014
    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.
  • Loretta
    LorettaSeptember 12, 2013
    Cute little Takoyaki stand. Sign says fits only 3 people so wait outside! Reminds me of Japan :)
  • Viv
    VivSeptember 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get combo B: okonomiyaki + 6 tokoyaki. V good
  • Shawn E.
    Shawn EspinozaSeptember 6, 2013
    Awesome place for takoyaki
  • 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.
  • Yukino K.
    Yukino KondoAugust 11, 2013
    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.
  • 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)
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RossJuly 28, 2013
    Food here is substantially worse than it was 2 years ago and prior--especially the okonomiyaki and takoyaki. Both are now bland and undercooked.
  • 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!
  • Ben W.
    Ben WatkinsJune 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Takoyaki!!! Get em. You won't regret it.
  • Dorothy
    DorothyMay 24, 2013
    Insanely slow, even at 9pm! Stood around waiting for 20 mins after ordering before getting our order of okonomiyaki
  • Anand S.
    Anand SomasundaramMay 21, 2013
    Great squid balls
  • a. h.
    a. hirataMay 1, 2013
    everything. try everything. middle of the day= no wait.
  • 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!
    Upvoted Aug 11
  • 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
  • Adrienne L.
    Adrienne LiuMarch 29, 2013
    Eating fried octopus balls when you're hungover is not a good idea
  • Simran J.
    Simran JaisingJanuary 27, 2013
    BEST OCTOPUS BALLS IN NYC. love the dried fish skin/ginger thing.
  • Hedan Z.
    Hedan ZengNovember 27, 2012
    Get the takoyaki and the okonomiyaki
  • 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
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.October 21, 2012
    Combo C: Takoyaki and yakisoba, throw some extra sauce on!
  • 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.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GuevaraSeptember 28, 2012
    Gotta do the takoyaki and yakisoba combo! (Combo C)
  • Gary R.
    Gary RelojAugust 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Linda S.
    Linda StridsbergJuly 24, 2012
    Eat Okonomiyaki, Yakisoba and the best Takoyaki here!
  • COOLHAUS
    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!
  • Leigh Q.
    Leigh QuindaraJune 15, 2012
    Takoyaki!!!!!
  • jonathan h.
    jonathan hegranesMay 31, 2012
    Best takoyaki in the US!
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Karl P.
    Karl PMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Please wait your turn to be inside it is hard for customers to get out when there are more than 3 people inside --Otafuku Staff
  • Karl P.
    Karl PMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Please wait your turn to be inside. It makes it hard for
  • Alec M.
    Alec MFebruary 27, 2012
    No fish flakes on the tatoyaki is the way to go.
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'DeaFebruary 16, 2012
    When asked if you want "all toppings" agree wholeheartedly
  • Mark B.
    Mark BirchFebruary 2, 2012
    Try to let the takoyaki cool before you put in your mouth, you might burn your mouth, like I did...
  • Löplöpçüler
    LöplöpçülerFebruary 10, 2014
    Takoyaki ve okonomiyaki combimasyonunu alın ikisinin de tadıha bakmış olun
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