NYC Tofu Guide: A Springy Food for Spring

Isn’t bean curd the blandest substance on earth? Not on your life!

Chinese vegetarian restaurants like Buddha Boddhai (5 Mott Street, 212-566-8388; 4296 Main Street, Queens, 718-939-1188) are great places to explore bean curd’s varying propensities. At either the Manhattan or Flushing branches you’ll find cubes of curd stuffed with eggplant and peppers and fried, poached tofu in an egg-white sauce, and curd in clay-pot casseroles with aromatic spices. There’s even a version of the Sichuan classic, ma po tofu, made with ground-meat substitute that isn’t half bad.

Soon dubu (right) and friends at BCD Tofu House.
Danielle Hyland
Soon dubu (right) and friends at BCD Tofu House.
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Your home for stink.
En Japanese Brasserie
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East Harbor

726 65th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Category: Restaurant > Dim Sum

Region: Sunset Park

Hibino Japanese Restaurant

333 Henry St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: Brooklyn

EN Japanese Brasserie

435 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10014

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: Greenwich Village

BCD Tofu House

5W 32nd St
New York, NY 10001

Category: Restaurant > Korean

Region: Garment District

Black Shack Burger

320 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10016

Category: Restaurant > Burgers

Region: Murray Hill

Calexico Restaurante

122 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Soho

Spring Street Natural Restaurant

62 Spring St.
New York, NY 10012

Category: Restaurant > New American

Region: Soho

Angelica Kitchen

300 E. 12th St.
New York, NY 10003

Category: Restaurant > Vegetarian

Region: East Village

The Island of Taiwan

6817 Eighth Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Bay Ridge

Main Street Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet

59-14A Main St.
Flushing, NY 11355

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Flushing

Jing Fong Restaurant

20 Elizabeth St.
New York, NY 10013

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Chinatown

Ennju

20 E. 17th St.
New York, NY 10003

Category: Restaurant > Japanese

Region: Union Square

Golden Palace

140-09 Cherry Ave.
Flushing, NY 11355

Category: Restaurant > Chinese

Region: Flushing

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But by far the most exciting usage I’ve lately stumbled on is bean curd compressed into flat noodles. Find these in a sort of warm salad with Sichuan peppercorns and slender Chinese broccoli at Golden Palace (140-09 Cherry Avenue, Queens, 718-886-4383), a restaurant that specializes in the Dongbei cuisine of northeastern China. At first they might be mistaken for Italian fettuccine, except even al dente noodles are wimpy compared to these. Expect to get a real workout for your jaws, and to leave the restaurant with your mouth on fire. A flaming mouth is probably the last thing you anticipated from curd.

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Jamie
Jamie

I will have one of each, please. One of each vegan one, anyway. My life just wouldn't make any sense without tofu.

 
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