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Published August 26th 2012
Great choice for spicy Asian dishes in the East Village
When you want to enjoy some Korean fare, head over to 6 St. Mark's Place in the East Village section of Manhattan, which is home to New York Tofu House. Take a break from your sightseeing or work duties, and taste a bit of Korea's flavorful food culture.

Drop by NY Tofu House in the East Village.

As you walk through the entryway towards the dining area, don't forget to take note of some items associated with traditional Korean garb, such as the kid-size accessories in bright yellows, pinks, reds and greens, pinned onto wood-framed panels.

Check out the display of traditional children's attire.

A quick scan of their menu offerings shows that as the venue's name implies, you'll find Korean silken tofu prepared in a number of ways. A variety of these dishes are perfect for the vegetarians in your party. There's fried tofu with sweet and sour sauce, tofu fritters with peanut sauce, mushrooms and peppers stuffed with tofu and vegetables, plus marinated tofu served sitting atop fried rice.

For those who love Kimchi, your table will be filled with the customary and complimentary starter plates of fermented vegetables, including cucumbers, radishes and cabbage, seasoned in mostly-spicy flavors.

Get ready for some flavor-packed Kimchi.

If you're keen on having a spicy dish that is served hot enough that it's still sizzling when it arrives at your table, try their Beef SoonDubu, which is silken Tofu with a savory stew (can be requested as mild.) Spoon a small portion of this spicy dish over the rice that comes with your order, and enjoy.

Rice cooked and served in a traditional Korean stone bowl & Beef SoonDubu.

Ask the server for details on the daily stew specials, another sizzling entrée, which you also combine with your rice.

Special stew of this day, included mushrooms, tofu and veggies.

Try an order of crispy Korean pancake for a contrast in texture and flavors.

Crispy seafood pancake.

Other options include the Bul Kogi Doshirak, which among other items, features very thin slices of marinated sirloin served with onions.

Bul Kogi Doshirak

How about Galbi Doshirak, a dish that highlights beef short ribs marinated in a special house sauce?

Galbi Doshirak

There's also their seafood Dolpan, which comprises of rice, plus sautéed and seasoned vegetables served in a traditional Korean hot stone plate.

Seafood Dolpan

As you can see, there are so many choices to sate your curiosity. So the next time you come across a staff member in front of New York Tofu House stirring something to be given out as samples, ask for a portion.

Check out the samples for ideas on what to order inside.

It may be just what you've been craving, or something new for you to try. Then step inside for a memorable experience with spices and flavors, Korean style.

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Why? If you love spicy fare, this place is for you
When: Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Where: 6 St. Mark's Place & Third Avenue (East Village), New York
Cost: Prices vary.
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