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May 6, 2009 07:50 AM

Downward Spiral for Seoul Garden (34W32) or just an off day?

I've recently been going to BCD for my fix of seafood soon doo bu, but returned yesterday to Seoul Garden, at which I have had many, many superb soon doo bu's over the years. Yesterday's was oily/greasy - I have never experienced that before anywhere, and was very turned off by it. Not sure if I want to give them a second chance given the high quality at BCD. Has anyone else had poor experiences at Seoul Garden recently, or is this just an anomaly that I should put down to a bad chef day?

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  1. I find that these guys are hit or miss (w/more hits than misses). I definitely notice when they have an off day, but 3 out of 4 times, they'll have an 'on' day.

    1. Last time I was at Seoul Garden was more than a year ago, and it wasn't so good. I've definitely had better soon dubu at BCD.

      Seoul Garden
      34 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

      BCD Tofu House
      17 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

      1. I was there last Sunday. I typically order the "Combination" but I decided to try something new and ordered the "Kimchee" variation instead. It was very very sour and very salty (much saltier than the "Combination" tofu" I usually order but then I thought maybe the "Kimchee" tofu is different since it's my first time ordering it at Seoul Garden although I have ordered it at other Korean places before)... Anyway, now you mentioned that they had an off day when you visited makes me wonder if I had visited on an "off" day too... I vaguely remember that the side dishes weren't as good as before and some of the kimchee were really limp and "old" tasting....but I will give them another chance in a few weeks just to confirm.

        1. seoul garden hasn't been good in probably 6 or 7 years when they changed ownership (actually used to be pretty decent back in the day), its just that it was the only soon doo bu specialist place for a really long time until BCD opened up and BCD is much better than seoul garden

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          1. re: Lau

            And you get that awesome fried fish at bcd!