Cho Dang Gol

Cho Dang Gol

Korean Restaurant$$$$
Koreatown, New York
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    Ali B.
    "Best Bibimbap in the city"(15 Tips)
    John Saeyong R.
    "The best (and probably the only) place for kimchi biji in NYC."(5 Tips)
    K. C.
    "The spicy galbi jjim was life-changing...the best I've ever had."(9 Tips)
    "My cold-weather go-to for decent homemade tofu"(8 Tips)
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  • Carrie W.heart icon on user image
    Carrie WJanuary 20, 2018
    Super good! Everything is so delicious (incl free starters)! My favourite is seafood tofu stew and seafood pancake. We were only in New York for a few days and we had dinner at Cho Dang Gol twice.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    No better introduction to Korean dubu cookery than the classic soybean meal, featuring three bowls: flocculent freshly made curds, an intriguing white soybean porridge, and a fermented soybean soup. Read more
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  • Chenyu
    ChenyuJanuary 23, 2013
    Amazing tofu stew at reasonable price for dinner - lots of delicious appetizers (like kimchi kale, raddish, dried fish, seaweed) start w barley tea, soybean paste and ended w ginger/date tea!
  • Ms.Mheart icon on user image
    Ms.MNovember 2
    Cod Roe Omelet, Japache & Fish Pancakes - So Delicious. The Spicy Galbi Jjim - Meat Was Tender & Good Mix of Meat To Fat Ratio!! Say Yes To The Tea & Rice, & Hell Yes To The Chestnut Makgeolli.
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterMay 14, 2017
    My cold-weather go-to for decent homemade tofu (free starter pp), soondubu (Korean tofu stew), Samgyetang (chicken ginseng soup) & banchan. Better wait times 4 a table vs. 32nd st shops.
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KuoOctober 21, 2014
    Soon dubu takes top billing with Cho Dang Gol's bubbling cauldrons of fresh handmade tofu, guaranteed to warm the stomach and the soul. Also noteworthy is the tender and delicately herbal Bo Ssam.
  • Tianqi L.heart icon on user image
    Tianqi LiaoNovember 7, 2017
    Waiters were very friendly with distributing free appetizers. The food was slightly overpriced but the genuine Korean atmosphere made the dining experience authentic and enjoyable.
  • Tiago L.heart icon on user image
    Tiago LeeOctober 18, 2013
    Bulgogui Jun Gol (Casserole) scores 10. If you like the traditional barbecue try this one instead. The Kimchi and Tofu are awesome. Maybe the only authentic place to eat Korean food in NY?
  • Lori L.heart icon on user image
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Excellent tofu-based dishes can be found here a little removed from the stretch of 32nd St. eateries. Try any of the soondubus, jigaes, or the crunchy dolsot bibimbap.
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    AApril 16, 2014
    This is real Korean food. The fresh house made tofu is better than any store bought variety. The beef broth is high caliber. And the complimentary ginger tea is the perfect way to cleanse the pallet.
  • Kaz K.
    Kaz K.February 15, 2016
    The bossam here is so so delicious. Definitely would recommend this and the makkoli.
  • Helenheart icon on user image
    HelenNovember 21, 2014
    Known for their fresh homemade tofu, this is one of my favorite Korean restaurants in New York. Order their tofu and have it with kimchi. Simple yet delicious meal.
  • Ha D.
    Ha DiemAugust 17, 2014
    Very good service! Would recommend doing family style so you can try out different dishes. Definitely order one of the casseroles, it's the perfect size to share.
  • Prerna T.
    Prerna TalrejaJanuary 23, 2013
    Ask for a second round of the appetizers they serve-dried fish, seaweed, kimchi etc- so good! Tofu vegetable stew was good
  • Christine T.heart icon on user image
    Christine TranSeptember 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't go wrong with Bi Bim Bop but the stir-fried Tofu Trio and Dbuk Kalbi are amazing!
  • Rob W.heart icon on user image
    Rob WalchDecember 24, 2015
    The tofu here is really tasty and unique. In the winter I like to get their Sam Ge Tang - chicken soup that is super medicinal.
  • jon f.heart icon on user image
    jon ferrerMay 28, 2016
    get the galbijin and anything with their delicious house made tofu and you are winning
  • John Saeyong R.
    John Saeyong RaJuly 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pretty authentic Korean style tofu. The best (and probably the only) place for kimchi biji in NYC. I like the small plate of fish you get always with banchan. They also make rice in stone bowl.
  • Eileen
    EileenMarch 9, 2018
    I really liked their banchan. Japchae and kimchi stew were both good. Got the mushroom pancake but I think seafood or kimchi would have been better
  • 高手놀리밑™heart icon on user image
    高手놀리밑™August 7, 2014
    One of my favorite places to have Kimchi jigae (김치찌개) here. Great comfort food during winter (or just about anytime really).
  • Vivian V.heart icon on user image
    Vivian VoFebruary 16, 2015
    3 different complimentary teas - 1 at the beginning, rice tea, & a spicy sweet tea at the end. 😊
  • John L.
    John LFebruary 11, 2013
    Queues to rival Disneyland form by 7, come early. Seafood pancake is excellent, as well as bulgogi and the tofu stews. Generally exquisite Korean fare.
  • Curtis S.heart icon on user image
    Curtis ShoungAugust 31, 2015
    House made tofu! It makes a difference. Just order dishes with tofu otherwise why are you here?
  • Bonheart icon on user image
    BonNovember 30, 2019
    Definitely go for the meat based tofu casseroles unless you’re dining w/ a vegan and the sesame mushroom is the only option
  • Mark C.heart icon on user image
    Mark Chu-CarrollSeptember 13, 2017
    The fresh tofu with sesame was some of the best tofu I've had in a restaurant, and the kimchi was spectacular.
  • Alex N.heart icon on user image
    Alex NguyenSeptember 11, 2016
    the stews are so good and big for large parties. homemade tofu is delicious. banchan is yummy.
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    AriFebruary 13, 2015
    The food was amazing. The best I've had in NYC so far. There may be a bit of a wait but totally worth it. Quick service
  • David L.
    David LifsonDecember 16, 2011
    Seafood pancake was pretty good and the bulgolgi bibimbap was decent, but didn't blow me away. The stews (with super fresh tofu) is the way to go. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJune 13, 2013
    A very vegetarian-friendly Korean restaurant specializing in fresh tofu, which is made daily.
  • Cheen T.
    Cheen The CuriousAugust 1, 2022
    Waiting time for a table on a Sunday 8pm was 45-60mins. There are benches provided
  • Tony
    TonyJanuary 8, 2020
    Been here 25+ times
    You want Korean food in NYC?This is the place. Make sure you get in early. Line gets very long here.
  • Penny K.
    Penny KimApril 17, 2014
    Dubu (soft tofu stew) is great. The bonchon (mini side dishes) could be better.
  • Kushal D.heart icon on user image
    Kushal DaveJanuary 31, 2013
    Ignore the menu, you can in fact get a vegetarian hot stone bowl bimbimbop, which comes with their delicious fresh tofu.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Tofu is highlighted here with more than two dozen dishes on the menu. The spicy prime-rib casserole is a perfect dish for sharing. - Inspector
  • Stephenie F.
    Stephenie FortunataJanuary 2, 2014
    the best bibimbap i've ever had so far! try pork bibimbap ;) +the kimchi pancake is also good! ❤️
  • Stephen P.heart icon on user image
    Stephen PerleJanuary 31, 2016
    Best Korean meal had stuffed mushrooms and stir fry tofu trio. Great homemade tofu
  • Janet L.
    Janet LeeApril 24, 2014
    Anything with tofu or soybean anything in it is what they are known for. Don't get the basic stuff like bibimbap! You can go elsewhere for that!
  • Vivian L.heart icon on user image
    Vivian LiAugust 25, 2014
    Most tender beef tofu stew I've ever had! Rice with barley tea is soothing after all the spicy food.
  • George L.heart icon on user image
    George LeeJune 26, 2015
    Solid seafood stew. Pricey. Would like to try their seafood pancake. Sampler Kimchi and pancake is good
  • Josh M.heart icon on user image
    Josh MateoNovember 8, 2014
    Bit on the expensive side for Bibimbap. But damn, it's so good. They add in tofu that takes the flavor to another place.
  • Felix
    FelixOctober 26, 2016
    Kimchi biji and kimchi chum dubu as well as japchae were all fantastic!
  • Jinnie L.
    Jinnie LMarch 4, 2015
    pretty good Korean food. service was fast. kimchi biji jjigae n spicy galbi jjim were delicious!
  • Tabi Y.heart icon on user image
    Tabi YooSeptember 29, 2015
    One of the more authentic Korean places I've been to in the city, spicy pork was very solid
  • Honghui Y.heart icon on user image
    Honghui YuAugust 14, 2016
    Tofu soup (jjigae) here is the highlight especially since they make their own tofu
  • Yong K.heart icon on user image
    Yong KwonApril 3, 2015
    Top 3 Korean restaurant in the island of Manhattan. Less sugar and tourists for the win.
  • Fatih K.heart icon on user image
    Fatih KuranSeptember 10, 2017
    One of the best Koreans I have ever dined. Service is amazing 🏆👍
  • Connie C.heart icon on user image
    Connie ChiuDecember 14, 2014
    Spicy galbi jjim! Be prepared for a wait during peak hours.
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    TOctober 27, 2017
    Kimchi Baji is really good here.
  • Wei V.
    Wei VaynJanuary 11, 2014
    Try the Bulgogi Jun Gol - Bulgogi, mushrooms, and vegetables in a casserole.
  • Jonghyoun E.
    Jonghyoun EunAugust 17, 2013
    Good place to have Korean tofu hot pot. Other dishes are just fine. Good to grab drinks-soju or makkoli
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