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best soondubu - queens/manhattan/nj

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hey, I've got a craving (probably because I walked past the old space where Dae Dong was on 32nd street where they are opening a soft tofu house) and, I wanna know where to get the good stuff. the seafood one is usually that crappy $2.99/lb frozen seafood mix but if there's a place with a quality seafood one, or a particularly good spicy pork one, or any really, I don't care, then I'd love to hear about it.

I'm willing to travel to fort lee/edgewater as long as I can bike there from the GWB but a local option in NYC would be a lot easier.

thanks in advance!

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  1. go to seoul garden on 32nd btw broadway & 5th (it's on the 2nd floor of a building, but you'll see the sign). there are a few other places, but this one is the staple soondooboo joint.

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    1. re: minsk

      I second this - I head to Seoul Garden regularly for the vegetarian soondubu. You'll have to make clear that you want it spicy, if that's how you like it. It's almost as good as the one at My Tofu House in San Francisco.

    2. BCD Tofu House has now open in the old Dae Dong space, and their soondubu is better than Seoul Garden, in my opinion (their tofu is pretty good, although I think I like the soup better at Seoul Garden).

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      1. re: baobao

        thanks; heard the spicy pork one is the way to go?

        1. re: baobao

          You may like the Seoul Garden's broth better because they've got a lot more MSG in it. BCD Tofu advertises no MSG, but I think there may be a tiny bit -- but not in copious amounts as in Seoul Garden.

          Personally, I prefer BCD Tofu for both tofu and broth. I'm not a fan of heavy MSG-laden food at all. Lots of times, with foods with heavy amounts of MSG, they cut back on other things and take short cuts, and you lose the subtle nuances of the food.

        2. I can't give comparisons, but Natural Tofu in Sunnyside on the QB makes one I find delicious and satisfying.

          1. I've been to the new BCD tofu house twice in the past few weeks - I think its definitely better than seoul garden. but im not sure if it was as good as the BCD i remember having in LA. There's also So Kong Dong in Fort Lee right by the GWB - I haven't been there in a while but that was always notches better than Seoul Garden.