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Toko Yaki?

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There a little hole in the wall on 9th street between 3rd and 2nd that has Japanese snack food.

I'm in love with these little balls they sell called Tokoyaki.

The problem is, the place is a little unpredictable.

I'm vegetarian, so I'll only eat the cheese or the plain ones. I would say at least 50 percent of the time they either don't have these or it's a 15-20 minute wait to get them.

And their hours sucks. This stuff is clearly drunk food, and yet thy're only open until 10PM.

I put up with this because I love them so much.

So my question is, are there any other places in the city that have tokoyakis?

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  1. They're called takoyaki. Traditionally they're made w/octopus (tako), which is probably why you often have to wait since they're probably making up a fresh batch with new batter. The restaurant Go, on St. Mark's place has them, but I don't know if they'd make them w/out the octopus. Kenka, which is across the street, may also have them.

    1. Pretty much all places along st. marks (kenka is pretty bad, dojo was pretty good, but none as good as otafuku) have it, but word of caution all of takoyaki batter is made with katsuo bushi (bonito flakes) so depending on how vegan you are...?

      1. Say, how is Otafuku's okonomiyaki? Hard to find good versions around here.

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        Otafuku
        236 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: squid kun

          i've never had a great okonomiyaki in the city, but i like otafuku's the best out of all the st marks places (this is relatively speaking though as its not that great either)