The Secret Sauce of Osaka Grub

Feb 22 2018

Did you know it was possible to find both your favorite food and lifetime lover out on the street?


David Senn and Diana Tam didn’t think so, until they met while ordering street food in Osaka, Japan. After discovering their shared love for Japan and okonomiyaki, the couple decided to bring okonomiyaki back to NYC. They started their business at street food fairs around the city, including LIC Flea and Hester Street Fair, before opening a storefront at Essex Street Market – aptly named, Osaka Grub.

Osaka Grub Fried Chicken

Okonomiyaki is a savory pancake made with a base mix of flour, egg, grated yam, shredded cabbage, and dashi stock. To finish, a combination of bonito flakes, seaweed, pickled ginger, Japanese mayo, and Osaka Grub’s secret sauce are added on top. Unlike other locations, Osaka Grub uses shredded cabbage instead of fried noodles as the base, allowing you to enjoy the sweet umami flavor, without the bloating! You can choose from the pork and shrimp, or shiitake mushrooms and miso.

“Okonomi” means ‘how you like it’ which is exactly the approach of Osaka Grub, who’ve turned this Japanese-style soulfood into buns for hamburger sliders, among other creations. Don’t forget to add a side of yuzu-dusted french fries and banana foster bread pudding to finish the meal off.

Osaka Grub Pancake

Visit Osaka Grub at 120 Essex Street Market and mention “LES.NYC” for 15% off your (first) order! Check them out @osakagrub.