Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Otafuku: Let's Get Rid of New York

"Lets Get Rid Of New York"

- Randoms (Dangerhouse Compilation Album: 1977)

Don't know what came over me that Cyber Monday afternoon, Mattatouille had sent me a text first thing in the morning and told me that there was some great deals on Virgin America. So I did, with the rationalized excuse that I was going to check out NYU finally and decide whether I want to attend their Food Studies program or not...once and for all.

And now...I'm here.

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Brooklyn Heights

Every time I step out of the tiny place I was fortunate to be able to stay at, I am hit with ten thousand piercing needles that is typical East Coast climate. Chilly L.A Winter twilights of 40-50 degrees definitely did not prepare me for this. All of my L.A Winter clothing that I have scarcely acquired over the years have only proven to be futile during those breezes that make me forget I have fingers and feet. Four layers, five layers of clothing...no difference to me.

I will not lie to feeling a little overwhelmed being in a new city, even if not long. Culture shock aside, the overwhelming masses of people brushing you left and right seem unescapable no matter where you are, the 2x priced public transit is not easy to grasp for a transit deprived born and raised Angeleno and the winds only seem to be getting stronger and colder.

Nonetheless, I came for food. And food is what I shall do.

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Otafuku: Saves the Day

After getting snootily turned away from a tour at the NYU Welcoming offices, I still decided to check out the scattered campuses by my self. At the Stern building, I gawked at the tall, slender Asian goddesses as they scurried frantically to get to class, at the Tisch School of the Arts, I compared the Hipster look to that of L.A, slightly more formidably colorful I must say. But at the Steinhardt campus I ate Japanese griddled deliciousness.

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Standing Room Only

My first restaurant meal in the city was take out from Otafuku, a tucked up Takoyaki dispensary right in front of campus. Chiquito pero picoso!, this two by four take out only place slanged one of the best lunches I've had in my life. All they have on the menu is Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba, more than plenty when it comes to quality, taste and portion.

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Combo C Is All I Need: Takoyaki and Squid Okonomiyaki

Maybe it was the fact that I have had always wanted to try Takoyaki since the first time I saw a weird video of it on Mikey Hates Everything blog, or maybe it was just that I hadn't had breakfast today, or maybe it was the simple fact that it was only $9. Whatever it is, these savory griddle cakes were LOADED with the tasty Japanese street lipids of Mayonnaise, wide flaked Bonito flakes, powdered Nori, Ichimi Togarashi(Japanese Chili Powder) and that sweet, umami intensive Takoyaki sauce.

Like a pancake sphere with the tender gift of a chunk of octopus in the middle, I relished alternating the donut hole-like Takoyaki with the crispy edged, thick Okonimayaki filled with shredded cabbage, spicy ginger and several pieces of chewy squid.

Maybe New York isn't so bad after all, although I certainly held it up to L.A standards last time I was here...

My Earlier NY Posts.

My First Night in NY: Pizza Epiphamy and GOOD Vegan (Lombardi's and Teany)

Glutster goes To N.Y!!!

Night In N.Y: Dabbling with Dumplings and Truly Living the Good Life

3rd and Last Day in N.Y.: Not-Your-Average Lunch at the C.I.A. (no not "C.I.A.", The Culinary Institute of America

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MyLastBite said...

So glad you are keeping your spirits up with some great eats!

christina said...

NYU has a Food Studies program?!
Is it more theoretical or hands on?

I wish I was eating in New York right now. Enjoy yourself :)

Yamin said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



Christina said...

Glad to know you made it safely! The food definitely makes up for the unnecessary weather.

Anonymous said...

Did you forget to mention that the "tiny" digs are toasty, cozy, and charmingly bursting with personality....and while inside tasty homemade soups and pancakes appear? I think you did.....

Anonymous said...

are you applying for the food studies program?? My friend/coworker Katie is applying right now. She made it sound amazing!

Orlando personal injury lawyer said...

Mmm that combo C is huge! It would fill me for the entire day.

glutster said...

MLB: Thanks as always :)

Christina: That's what I'm here to check out! I hear its more theoretical/anthropology based though...just what I would like. I'll let you know as soon as I find out though.

Yamim: Thanks, really means a lot and inspires me to keep on going...

Christina: Actually, you get used to it believe it or not!

Anonymous: Yes, yes... I know, thank you for letting me crash at your house.

Manolos: Hmmm...yet to be finalized, 50 K a year and no guaranteed housing for transfer students.

Orlando: You would think so right? but nope...JUST enough.

Food, she thought. said...

Maybe NYU should call it the Unwelcome Office? They'd be lucky to have you. I'll buy you some socks as a going away gift.