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Gourmet Asian in the West Village

Gobo was opened by the sons of New York's famous Zen Palate owners. While Zen Palate is alcohol-free, Gobo has a great selection of beer and wine.

The atmosphere is upscale.

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I liked the cozy, sort-of-upscale atmosphere here. The place looks very nice (though if you look closely on the seats and chairs, there's a bit of decay and staining).

The dinner prices here are 30-50% higher than at lunch, so I would recommend coming here for lunch, if at all.

The menu features a ton of pan-Asian dishes, from curries and stir-frys to noodle dishes. My friend and I had an appetizer of yam and yucca fries ($6) which were delicious---crisp, huge and fresh. We also had a small plate of roti canai ($8) which is a soft, flat, phyllo-esque bread served with a delicious stew of seitan, potatoes and a smoky curry sauce. It isn't common that I see it on menus, and they executed it excellently here, though I wish they'd provided at least one or two more rotis (one was not enough for the amount of stew they give).

Our main courses weren't as good. We had the slow cooked Malaysian curry stew ($11) which ended up being a blander version of the roti canai, but without roti. We also had a Vietnamese spicy stir-fry rice noodle with five spice tofu rolls ($12) that wasn't spicy at all, and was filled with a few varieties of mockmeats, from tofu to seitan to mock crab/lobster. It was okay, but definitely needed more spice and perhaps lemon or lime for acidity. The mock seafood in the dish was extremely realistic, down to the smell and flavor, if not just the texture, so be warned if you're afraid of super-realistic mockmeats.

On a whole, this is a decent place. Maybe we ordered the wrong items, but I wasn't blown away. I'd come back for lunch, which is relatively affordable, but not for dinner, which is too expensive.

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I really like Gobo. I have been there so much that I always feel like "Oh great, Gobo, again?" when somebody suggests it, but I am always happy we go.

Their pine nut lettuce wraps are amazing (it's a hot, spicy pine nut mixture-not raw), and their pineapple fried rice is also very good (and cheap, relative to other items). Their "avocado wasabi tartare" was recommended as the best item on the menu but it pretty much just tastes like really expensive guacamole. Their soy protein spinach rolls are great but the butternut squash risotto isn't too spectacular (it's also a pretty small serving).

They also have good juices and desserts, although I generally go across the street to Lifethyme Natural Food for dessert.

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Neighborhood

West Village

Directions

Between Waverly Place & 8th Street.

Non-Smoking

Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible

Prices

$$$ - expensive

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Eclectic (Fusion)
  • Eclectic (Varied)

Features

  • Romantic

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Hours

noon - 11pm

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