Friday, April 27, 2012

Otafuku - East Village

Got take out yakisoba from Otafuku, a small closet space on 9th in the East Village that does Japanese street food: okonomiyaki, yakisoba and takoyaki namely along with some other small treats. Very cool hole-in-the-wall spot, just a small counter with enough space for maybe four people to stand while ordering and a bench outside to eat on during nice weather, but good luck trying to loiter--it's just too small.

It was interesting to see them fry up the yakisoba with octopus pieces, shrimp and cabbage and the guys looked like they were having a good time working there. He sprinkled some seaweed flakes on top and added a pouch of pickled ginger then when I asked for a daifuku he threw it in for free so I put a couple bucks in the tip jar.

I think the only place I've had yakisoba before was at Rai Rai Ken, which was really good as well, but this was a bigger portion and I think the ingredients were more rounded out. Noodles were at appropriate tenderness with tougher pieces of octopus and shrimp intertwined and the cold ginger helped refresh since the yakisoba comes super hot. I'll definitely return for the takoyaki and okonomiyaki.

239 East 9th St., New York, NY 10003, 212 353 8503
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