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Gobo (Downtown)

Food: 3.753.75
Atmosphere: 4.334.33
Service: 4.254.25

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401 6th Avenue
New York   NY 10014
(212) 255-3902
Fax: (212) 255-0687
Gobo (Downtown) website

Veg level:

Vegetarian (mostly vegan)

Menu does not indicate vegan items

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $10-$15)

Accepted Payments:

  • Visa
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  • Mastercard
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  • American Express

Payment notes:

$15 minimum for credit card charges.

Hours:

11am-11pm daily.

Directions:

Between Waverly Place & 8th Street.

Delivery notes:

Gobo (Downtown) delivers.

Call 212-255-3242. Delivery/take-out begins at 11am. Minimum order of $8 for delivery.

Notes:

Look out for casein in lunch special #15 (lasagna). The juice bar is organic and there is also a selection of organic wines and beers.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on December 1, 2008.

User Reviews of Gobo (Downtown)

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 3.753.75
Atmosphere: 4.334.33
Service: 4.254.25
  • Review by happyherbivore on January 6, 2010:

  • awful. the description on the menu sounded amazing.. protein skewers with mango in a rich sauce.. but really it was an awful chinese stir-fry that was gross and certainly not worth $13. Still, I went another time, convinced I just made a bad selection. I ordered a special which was even worse. My hubby was with me and he didn't care for the burger he ordered or our appetizer. The only decent thing we had was the free bread they give as an appetizer. So unfortunate bc the atmosphere is nice.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by IainG on July 28, 2009:

  • We had a very pleasant meal at Gobo while on honeymoon from the UK. We both really liked the decor, and the service was great, though the main courses did arrive during our starter (is this a New York thing?). There was a screaming toddler at the next table but that's not the restaurant's fault and luckily that group left halfway through our meal! Food was very nice - a touch overpriced in my view but not unreasonably so. A lot of the menu choices sounded delicious so we'd enjoy going back to sample some more.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by vegan888 on May 27, 2009:

  • A recent vegan convert I thought Gobo downtown was great. I asked the waiter many questions & he was well informed. Also he told me exactly what was vegan so I had no problems with that. Everything tasted really great. The portion sizes were decent, and not tiny at all. The ambiance was very trendy. I think I saw a celebrity there though I'm not sure what his name was. We just kept staring. lol. I was actually quite suprised a vegan restaurant can be so busy. I felt quite healthy when I left Gobo. I had a good time and I will be back.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by goborestaurant on February 13, 2009:

  • Hi Champurrado,

    I actually saw that persons comment yesterday and was debating whether to respond to it. I just did not feel this person’s comment deserved a response. However, now you ask I will.

    Let me first say this, Gobo is a restaurant for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. We created Gobo to celebrate with vegetarians, and delightfully surprise non-vegetarians. As Owner’s we are personally passionate in introducing as many people to vegetarianism as possible. As Owner’s we never say the restaurant is completely Vegan. Especially with the intention of gaining business. This is simply unethical.

    We at Gobo take the “middle path.” We welcome all Guests. Our theory is, as long as you are dining with us, you are having a nice vegetarian meal as opposed to a meat one. It is an opportunity for us to introduce as many people to vegetarian cuisine, in how we feel, is a “soft” and delicious way. I understand this is a Vegan website and you are probably incredible passionate about being Vegan. I think that is great.

    Gobo is not the healthiest place to eat in New York City. Nor do we try to market ourselves as such. I highly recommend two personal favorites for very good healthy food, one is Angelica Kitchen and another is Candle Café(one of the Owner is a nutritionist!). However, I do believe we have a niche, and we have been in business for 6 years now. I am very proud of the food we serve.

    There are many items on the menu that happens to be vegan. That’s just the way it goes when you have a vegetarian menu. As Owners we are not Vegans, we make every effort to know as much about veganism as possible. We absolutely have no milk on premise. We serve coffee with a soy creamer. We do not use eggs in any of our dishes we serve to our Guests. Caseine does shows up in our vegetarian cheese. And yes we do use honey. I feel we try to be Vegan friendly.

    We also make every effort to know our menu. To ensure our knowledge of the menu is accurate and thorough. We are not on the line every day cooking. Nor do we serve our Guests. We rely on our Staff to do this. We make every effort to train Staff members well.

    Sometimes errors happen. Obviously when this happens we are extremely embarrassed & disappointed. It is certainly never intentional. It is not an excuse but one of the reasons is the menu is extremely complex with hundreds of ingredients. Sometimes, ingredients within ingredients. Another possible reason is a front line Staff member did not follow directions, or wasn’t trained properly. Or a kitchen Staff member did not follow our recipes. When we find out these instances we take the appropriate action to resolve the problem immediately. We apologize to any Guest that had experienced problems like this before.

    The accusation we are an "unethical" company is just absolutely ridiculous and a disgusting accusation. We are an equal opportunity employer. I truly believe in action speaks louder the words. Please come in and take a look at our staff, I believe it is incredibly multicultural & diverse.

    I will not engage into a lengthy debate regarding this on the forum because I feel I have addressed the issue. Sometimes posting online or writing emails come out wrong. My intentions are honest and in good faith. I just hope it came out clear.

    Thank you for giving me an opportunity to respond to this.
  • Review by champurrado on February 12, 2009:

  • Since Gobo Restaurant is visiting this site and leaving reviews, I wanted to take the opportunity to ask them to please respond to very disturbing comments that have come up on this website that have basically made me never want to eat there.

    On a recent blog entry (http://supervegan.com/blog/entry.php?id=1212), someone had this to say:
    "When I worked there I revised the "allergen matrix" and found that EVERY listing had an error concerning ingredients. The non-vegan items are: the cheese, which are in the wontons and on the spinach salad, and the wasabi sauce that contains honey. Unfortunately, many of the mock meats only have the ingredients listed in Chinese and the ham that is listed as vegan in Gobo is listed as containing dairy at Zen Palate. Besides that the owners think that some vegans believe yeast is not vegan and that is one of the reasons they avoid using the term "vegan." (And yes, EVERYTHING is deep fried and the cooks use eggs and butter for staff meals.)
    Beyond that they are an extremely unethical company: I was instructed to not make calls to any resumes whose name sounded "Black" and they openly deducted hours from time cards. They also pay Hispanic workers half the rate that they do others in the same position."

    It is disconcerting to have potential errors and a lack of strictness in your labeling of what is vegan, and even more upsetting to think that the restaurant engages in racist and unfair labor practices. Any response that you could give to these issues would be greatly appreciated.
  • Review by goborestaurant on February 12, 2009:

  • Well of course I'm going to give my own restaurant 5 stars. :) Thank you all for your support, comments and feedback. We will continue to work hard to exceed the high expectation you have of us. We really try to keep costs down so we do not have to raise prices. I hope some of you will give Gobo a second try. Visit us at www.myspace.com/goborestaurant

    Thank you!!!!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by beanmail on February 3, 2009:

  • Expensive & TINY portions. Nothing spectacular.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 33
  • Review by keramel on April 21, 2008:

  • I think Gobo is a great date spot. The small plates and appetizers are good for sharing. I recommend trying a whole bunch of things. Yes, it's a bit expensive but it's worth it for an occasion. It's also a nice place to take omnivores.
    I've never had a bad meal here, so I'd recommend it. It is definitely loud and a bit cramped, but I still like it quite a bit.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by madmargaret on October 16, 2007:

  • Nothing to write home about. Don't like the layout, the room is LIVE (as in real loud), the sweet potato spread was, well, mashed up sweet potato in a little dish, and I had the Vietnamese Stirfry, which is basically a rather greasy pad thai with (not my fav, see my red bamboo review) FAKE MEAT. I'll admit it was my first time - and I agree it is very expensive for what you get. I might go back one more time to try some of the little dishes.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 33
  • Review by pubius on September 30, 2007:

  • Ok. I'm actually going to write the anti-gobo review. It's not that it's bad, it's just not all that good. For the amount of money that you'll spend there, you'd be better off saving it and going to some of the better places in the city, 3 times. Yes, it's popular, and yes, it's got the glitz, but the food... just seems there. Nothing special, doesn't really commit to taste, expensive (2 non-drinkers spent over a hundred with appetizer, entree, and dessert).
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by Gwenlet on September 15, 2007:

  • Consistently the best place to eat in NYC, for vegans or not. Out of all the vegan places that I've taken omnivorous friends, this one is by far the most popular.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by zack80 on September 2, 2007:

  • Yes it is more than i would spend on a daily meal, but when the occasion arises - i am always excited to go to Gobo. Great food and i agree with everyone - the portions are just right. This is a place to have a special dinner. Highly recommend.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by alib on November 11, 2006:

  • My over all experience at Gobo was excellent. The food is delicious and the dishes are well sized. It's a slightly more expensive meal but you leave feeling as if you got what you paid for. Try the Hazelnut Napolean. It is one of the best vegan deserts I've ever had. Gobo is probably my favorite restaurant in the city. Then again I have not yet been to Candle so I can't say that for sure. But it really is a damn fine option for those of us who don't go above 14th very often. Another bonus is that they have small dishes for those who want more than an appetizer but not an entire meal. I had one and it was plenty big enough for me to enjoy.

    My only complaint is that it gets a little bit loud in there due to seating being close together. But that is the nature of dining in New York more often than not.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by veganfriendly on September 13, 2006:

  • We did Gobo tonight and it was great. We got the New England Roll appetizers which are always awesome, three "Small Plate" dishes which were very good except for the White Beans & Cremini Mushroom Casserole, which was a little weird, and two of the desserts, which are all vegan and all great.

    Read our full review (with photos!) at veganfriendly.com
  • Review by lizette on May 25, 2006:

  • Gobo is a nice place to go out to eat - the restaurant itself is pretty and decently sized. It can be a tad expensive, but it's generally worth it.

    The soy cheese they use has casein, so anything with cheese on the menu isn't vegan. (I went about a week ago, and the waiter pointed out the dishes - there were maybe 6 or so.) The desserts, however, are all always vegan (and tasty). There's a decent wine list, and the juice concoctions, while seemingly odd on paper, are surprisingly good.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55

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