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New Asian restaurant in Hartsdale

So Gong Don Tofu restaurant opening in the TJ Maxx shopping center on Central Ave. Google shows many restaurants with that name in other states, one in New Jersey. Any info?

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  1. Is it already open?

    1. Not open, signs in the window and when the door is open you can see that they are fixing up. This is on the Town of Greenburgh website:
      Case No. PB 12-18 So Gong Dong Tofu House, 411 Central Park Avenue North (Dalewood Shopping Center), Hartsdale, N.Y. – Special Permit (Restaurant) & Shared Parking Reduction
      A public hearing to discuss a special permit (restaurant) application and shared parking reduction request for a proposal to convert a 1,833 sq. ft. vacant retail space (formerly occupied by “By the Yard Fabric”) located in the Dalewood Shopping Center, into a 56 seat restaurant. The applicant proposes fourteen (14) tables each with four (4) seats. At present, 286 parking spaces exist on the site and 303 parking spaces would be required. The applicant is requesting a shared parking reduction of sixteen (16) spaces to reflect the additional parking spaces required by changing the retail use (1-parking space per 200 sq. ft.) to a restaurant use (1-parking space per 75 sq. ft.). The property consists of approximately 131,551 sq. ft. and is situated on the west side of Central Park Avenue North approximately 500 ft. from the intersection of Fieldstone Drive and Central Park Avenue North. The property is located in the CA Central Avenue Mixed-Use Impact District and is designated on the tax map of the Town of Greenburgh as Parcel ID: 8.150-96-5.

      1. Is that a Korean restaurant? I know others with similar names are Korean.

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        1. re: GIOny

          Looks like So Gong Dong Tofu is a soondubu chain similar to BCD Tofu House. There's one in Palisades Park NJ.

        2. Saw this on the HMart ad board. I drove by it and the signs outside say they'll open on May 22.

          Found this site as well: http://sogongdongdubu.com/

           
          1. Hi. The grand opening is this week (May 20th) I will surely post some news after visting and eating some of their natural tofu.

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            1. re: abpan

              What's with "natural tofu"? Other than a few incidents in China a few years ago, do we even have access to fake tofu?

            2. I tried So Gong Dong yesterday. It was packed --- the opening of the place must have been well advertised to the local Korean community. It was my first time to try soondubu. I had it with beef and with rice on the side. The orders took quite a while to arrive, but I'll definitely come back for more. Apart from rice, they had kalguksu and ramen as options, but the waitress said that those would take even longer to prepare.

              1. I was there for lunch today. The place wasn't busy yet when I got there, but my food took quite awhile to be prepared. Later on the place was full and waits must have been even worse. But since it is only their 3-4 day I figure they will get into the flow soon enough.

                I had the soon dubu jjigae with beef and seafood. There were four very nice banchan with the meal, so good I finished them before the meal arrived and they brought more. The soon dubu jjigae came out boiling furiously. I waited for it to slow down to a bubble and broke in my raw egg and stirred it in a little. Managed to burn my mouth several times, but it was tasty. Not the best I've had, but pretty good.

                The only complaint that the rice cooked in a stone pot wasn't crispy and browned on the bottom and sides like it should be, and they didn't come around with boiling water near the end of the rice to make the rice "soup" as is normally done.

                They don't have a liquor license yet so no beer or soju.

                1. Went there last night .... place was 75% full at 8:30pm on a Friday, we were the only non-Asians there. Food came quickly so I guess they ironed out the issues others noted below.

                  We ordered a soondubu, a bibimbap and a BBQ (those are the only things on the menu so we decided to try one of each). BBQ nothing special, I wouldn't order it again, and they didn't even bring the lettuce to make the wraps (maybe because we weren't Korean?). The bibimbap was very good, as were the banchan. Never tried the soondubu before so I have nothing to compare it to .... but we liked it a lot. Prices are reasonable ($11-$13 per dish). We will go back. Still no liquor license so bring your own.