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8 Great New Versions of Okonomiyaki
New York Magazine September 2014

East Village entrepreneur Bon Yagi might not have introduced okonomiyaki to New York when he started serving the savory Japanese cabbage pancake at his street-food shack,
Otafuku, in 2000, but he certainly popularized it. ..Read more

A tasty Japanese street snack
Chopsticks NY Vol. 101 September 2015

When I first encountered takoyaki, it was at a summer matsuri, or street festival, in Japan. When the smiling man at the takoyaki stall handed me a small container of six octopus balls topped with a savory sauce, mayonnaise, seaweed and quivering bonito flakes, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After one bite of the piping hot treat, I knew I’d found a new favorite Japanese snack. After I returned home to the U.S., I was thrilled to discover that we can all enjoy takoyaki right here in the Big Apple too...Read more


New York News

A taste of Japan in Manhattan's Little Tokyo
By KERRY DREW, @KerryDrewFox5
March 4th, 2014

At Otafuku on East 9th Street in the East Village, the specialty is a kind of Japanese street food called takoyaki, which translates to grilled octopus balls.

"We were the pioneers of bringing Japanese street food to New York City," says Sakura Yagi, manager of Otafuku.

And for dessert there's metetai, a doughy crepe with sweet fillings.

"We offer two different flavors," Yagi says. "One is red bean, very traditional, and the other is hazelnut chocolate and banana."...Read more