takoyaki

Otafuku

My favorite hole-in-the-wall takoyaki joint has moved its location to a slightly bigger store that fits more than three customers inside! Its menu expanded as well to include nutella and banana taiyaki. Takoyai is a ball-shaped Japanese snack usually made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special pan. Otafuku fills them with a generous piece of octopus (tako), ginger, and onion. The restaurant decorates the order of six balls with a dark takoyaki sauce and pink bonito (dried squid) flakes, which is used in many Japanese soup broths. Get the set with the octopus balls and Taiyaki is a Japanese...

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Sake Bar Hagi

Recently, my twin wanted to come here with a bunch of people, and I was supposed to publish this so she can order without me. However, I ended up going with her, so that was easy. This post is going to be reflective of that particular night, since the menu has so many items. Simply put, Sake Bar Hagi is a great location in the Theater District for typical sake bar appetizers and booze. Get a cheap snack here or go all out with the variety of raw and cooked seafood. Note that the entrance is somewhat hidden because this place is in the basement. This is what we ordered (and watch out for cool...

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Ramen Setagaya

The fact that Ippudo is maybe just a block away just screams that you should head to Ramen Setagaya instead: the line here is rarely long, yet their ramen satisfies comfort food cravings. Ramen Setagaya has some cozy seating place decor and is famous for wavy ramen noodles and cha siu. I would also argue that they have a delicious selection of sides and sake bar appetizers. Try some tako/taco wasabi (raw baby octopus in wasabi sauce), buta-don (pork over rice perpetuated by tasty onions), and/or some onigiri (which is available for lunch in a set menu of $3.50 for two and a soda). Recently, they...

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