I know what you're thinking, "I'm not into all that earthy-crunchy extra healthy vegan stuff." Neither am I. Walking into the Gobo in the Village (there's one at 401 6th Ave. and another one on the upper east side at 1426 Third Ave.) I saw wheatgrass and I got nervous. However, the menu opened my eyes to a whole world of options that had me thinking this might not be so bad after all. Then the food came and I was hooked.
I have yet to try anything at this restaurant that I didn't love, and I've tried about half of the menu. The main thing that differentiates Gobo from other places is that they're not afraid of spices. They jam pack everything on the menu with flavors aromas and textures that will blow you away.
Three of my personal favorites are the yam and yucca fries, the spinach dumplings (pan seared) and the scallion pancakes.
Not only is the food great at Gobo, but because it's vegan, nothing's too expensive. That leaves some money in your wallet for a glass or bottle from the wine list. The staff provides good advice on pairings as well.