We had a great lunch at Gobo today. It's vegan -- not even "real" milk for the coffee. I was apprehensive, but in the end I was very impressed. The food was tasty, well-seasoned, well-presented, filling and moderately priced. Even the dessert was delicious and satisfying, and this was a particularly nice surprise because desserts often fail miserably in a vegan context. The food is Asian-inflected but not as specifically Asian as I expected. For instance, we had delicious yam and yuca fries with a homemade ketchup-type dipping sauce. Roasted vegetables were perfectly done. Vietnamese spring rolls were fresh and bursting with flavor. We also shared a wonderful soy and coconut rice entree that defied all my expectations about dry, boring, tasteless tofu dishes. They also serve organic and non-organic wines and beers. The service was excellent. The only con is the seating, which is mainly banquette style. Try to grab a table in the corner against the wall if you can.
Gobo World Vegetarian Cuisine
401 Ave. of the Americas (south of 8th St.)