When it comes to takoyaki (which is Japanese for “the greatest snack known to man,” or something), our heart belongs to Otafuku and we have the cartoon-octopus T-shirt to prove it. But Fork in the Road reports that an upstart cephalopod-fritter joint, Ichiban-Tei, is being built on 13th Street and First Avenue. Unlike the torrid broom closet that is Otafuku, it will have tables and even a flat-screen TV when it opens next month. Can we bring Paul the Psychic Octopus out of retirement to predict the winner of this one? Eh, who cares; one more takoyaki joint is a win for New York.
Ichiban-Tei: New Takoyaki (Octopus Ball) Restaurant Opening in the East Village [Fork in the Road/VV]