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snaporaz Jun 30, 2007 07:13 AM

Does anyone know of a place to get okonomiyaki in Manhattan (and beyond)?

  1. warrenr Jun 30, 2007 07:20 AM

    the only place i know is otafuku on 9th st bet 2nd and 3rd ave. it's pretty good.

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    1. re: warrenr
      Woodside Al Jun 30, 2007 09:19 AM

      Otafuku is the best and most authentic okonomiyaki in NYC. Not Hiroshima-style though, so no noodles in it (and I love that stuff from my days in Hiroshima). They give you a very large 2 cake portion for about $7, or you can get 1 in combination with some tako-yaki or yakisoba for about $8. But it is just a hole-in-the-wall (almost literally - a truly tiny space) with absolutely no seating other than a park bench out on the sidewalk, so its really for carryout.

      I would love to see a Japanese-style sit down grill-it-yourself okonomiyaki place in NYC, but I'm not sure it would work. The one time I remember it being tried here the place was open for a little more than a year, took a lot of grief from the city bureaucracy, saw its business slip, and then closed shop.

    2. Midtown Jimmi Jun 30, 2007 08:44 AM

      There're two places I like for okonomiyaki near Otafuku. On St. Marks Place, off Third Avenue, there's the place on the downtown side of the street with the outdoor seating. After 7 or so they have okonomiyaki and a great version called Dynamite-yaki made with kim-chee. Then further east on St. Mark's there's Typhoon which does a very nice okonomiyaki made with rice AND noodles, crunchy and tasty. And the place with the big Racoon on St. Mark's makes one too -- don't remember it being that distinctive -- but that place is fun for a visit anyways.


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      1. re: Midtown Jimmi
        Woodside Al Jun 30, 2007 09:23 AM

        The "big racoon" is a Tanuki. Which may look like one, but isn't really a racoon at all. It's a canine!


        1. re: Woodside Al
          olia Jun 30, 2007 08:24 PM

          The place with tanuki in front is Kenka, which really is most known for $1.50 beers -- the okonomiyaki I had there was pretty bad (way too soggy/gummy in the middle so could only nibble on the edges).

          1. re: olia
            Kanger Jul 5, 2007 07:42 AM

            Aah, Kenka ... you know you're in for quality when the menu has listed prices for vomiting and glass breakage. And as bad as their okonomiyaki is, it's mighty tasty at 3:30 am!

        2. re: Midtown Jimmi
          Polecat Jun 30, 2007 04:17 PM

          "there's the place on the downtown side of the street with the outdoor seating"
          Do you mean Go?

          1. re: Polecat
            Midtown Jimmi Jul 1, 2007 09:42 AM


        3. megan Jul 1, 2007 09:59 AM

          In Brooklyn, Geido does okonomiyaki. B/Q to 7th Ave, 331 Flatbush Ave.

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          1. re: megan
            lanadai Jul 1, 2007 05:25 PM

            Taisho on st marks makes it.

          2. Andrew P. Jul 1, 2007 08:11 PM

            I've had it at Yakitori Taisho on St. Mark's, and at Otafuku on 9th. Otafuku's is much better.

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              snaporaz Jul 4, 2007 06:22 PM

              Thanks guys. As always CH is a great resource!

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                Greg Jul 5, 2007 03:01 PM

                Riki also has okonomiyaki, though I've been too busy getting through the rest of their giant menu to give it a try. The place is more of an izakaya, but most of the things I've tried have been pretty tasty.

                141 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

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