Otafuku x Medetai Takoyaki

Otakufu x Medetai
Otakufu x Medetai

The two blocks on East 9th Street between Stuyvesant Street and Second Avenue in the East Village always fascinated me. On each of the blocks, there are at least 5 restaurants specialized in their own category of Japanese cuisine. These restaurants did not just appear altogether at once. They were open one by one over the course of two decades. I once wondered if that they were opened by like-minded restaurateurs wanting to show New Yorkers there’s more to Japanese food than just sushi and ramen. It turned out most of the Japanese restaurants on those two blocks were part of Bon Yagi’s T.L.C. Restaurant Group.

Takoyaki
Takoyaki

One of T.L.C. Restaurant Group’s oldest establishment is Otafuku x Medetai. Its specialty is Japanese street food – takoyaki, yakisoba, okonomiyaki, taiyaki. Takoyaki literally means grilled octopus. Dollops of batter are first added to the spherical slots of a large cast-iron griddle, followed by chunks of octopus. Then as the batter and octopus are cooked the griddle vibrates causing the content in each slot to rotate forming beautiful ping pong ball sized deliciousness.


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