Otafuku will soon have competition in the East Village octopus-ball market. Ichiban-Tei is under construction on 13th Street at the northeast corner of First Avenue, and the restaurant will specialize in takoyaki, those fried octopus fritters often topped with bonito flakes and sweetish brown sauce. The space is nearly completed and looks to have an ordering counter, a handful of tables, and a flat-screen television. An employee of the place said that Ichiban-Tei will open at the end of August.
We just hope the takoyaki won’t be made from Paul.