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220 E. 9th St. New York, NY 10003 | East Village | 646-998-3438

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Think it might be a nightclub owned by Joey Buttafuoco? Nope -- it's an Osaka-style street-food stand where the specialty is a gooey pancake called otafuku, which means "cook what you like." While the range of offerings doesn't match that of a similar establishment at the Japanese mall in Edgewater, New Jersey, Otafuku provides a fine intro to the genre, featuring ingredients such as shrimp, unsmoked bacon, and squid. Also offered: fried octopus balls (who knew they had balls?).

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  • Cuisine(s): Japanese
  • Hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: None
  • Reservations: Accepted, Not Necessary
  • Parking: No Parking
  • Payment Types: cash
  • Features: Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout

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