Go Zen

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 12 reviews )
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144 W 4th St (at West Village, Manhattan), New York City, New York, USA, 10012

Mixed Asian and Chinese food restaurant. Formerly Vegetarian's Paradise 2. Open Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11:30pm, Sun 11:30am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, Take-out, Asian

12 Reviews

First Review by mluria

great food...questionable service - Edit

this place has an amazing menu & everything tastes sublime. i just wish the service was better. there's nothing worse than getting your food 10 minutes later than your dinner date, & having to remind the server of utensils & such as they're texting on their phone. perhaps it's just short-staffed? if you don't mind slow & forgetful service, you should really come. the food is excellent!!!

Pros: fabulous menu--many options , absolutely delicious food, beautiful place (& a great women's restroom!)

Cons: service needs help, have to specifically ask for chopsticks , credit card machine is broken but they don't tell

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Simple & tasty Asian food - Edit

One of the best veggie joints in the Village.
Great choice of Chinese/Asian dishes.
I recommend the soups as well.
Tasty & everything looks fresh & healthy.
Prices are decent.

Pros: Tasty, Location

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Asian and more - Edit

Was excited to see this place was close to where we were (thanks happy cow) and decided we should give it a go!
Food was great! Not a huge fan of buffalo wings....but to close to real chicken (texture) for my taste. But the rest of our order was great!
Place needs a facelift it feels dated. The staff was friendly and moves at their own pace. Forgot we were in hustle bustle nyc for a minute or 40.
Will be back for casual asian food. I also saw they have sandwiches and other offerings.

Pros: price , taste , value

Cons: dated, bit slow (could be a pro for some!)

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terrible - Edit

Service was terrible and the food worse. They serve a plate of green beans for $10 as a meal and the waitress was rude and very unwelcoming. Will not be back.

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Unbelievably delish! - Edit

I am so happy with my experience at Go Zen. I have been there twice already, and my tastebuds were in heaven. The dishes are simply yet wisely prepared, with lots of real whole foods flavours. No heavy condiments was definitely a huge plus! Prices are reasonable and the environment is cozy, perfect for friends, couples or solo eaters. I really felt like at home, will surely come back!

Pros: Real foods , No heavy condiments

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excellent quality reasonably priced - Edit

On vacation, found through Happy Cow. Meals were delicious, generous portions. Nice neighborhood. Will definitely come back.

Pros: price , value, taste

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So Delicious - Edit

I came here with my girlfriend because we initially were headed to Red Bamboo next door, but they were too crowded. Go Zen has a very interesting variety of entrees. For example, my girlfriend got the pesto linguine, which I wouldn't have expected to find there.

At the time that I went, I ordered off of their 3 items for $10 menu, and I found that to be so satisfying. Would definitely return

Pros: Delicious food, Large variety of cuisines , Can go here if Red Bamboo is too full

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Here we go a Zen - Zen Palate is back! - Edit

So happy that parts of the menu from Zen Palate are at Go Zen with many delicious additions. The pineapple rice, veggie burgers and more are similar. I really enjoyed the appetizer sampler (3 for $10) with tofu "skins", crispy mushrooms and the very tasty and crunchy soy nuggets. Steamed veggies including broccoli, zucchini, carrots and lotus root with tahini were generously portioned so bring a container if you're dining solo and don't forget your headphones because large groups of Millennials were loudly talking karaoke. At least they're eating vegan! I hope to see restaurants in NYC adding acoustic tiles or sound absorbing wall treatments soon because here as most NYC sound bounces off hard surfaces and is deafening. Nevertheless happy that Go Zen is open - one hand clapping reverberates forever! Great service and nice vegan wine selection.

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Versatile, friendly & delicious - Edit

We ended up at this place as Red Bamboo was full. Turned out it was a stroke of luck. What an amazing little gem this restaurant is!

We ordered a variety of dishes, ranging from crispy tofu to soy beef & broccoli to cheese stuffed eggplant. Each single one of them was delilious in it's own way. The white chocolate cheesecake topped it off like no other dessert could have. Not often do you stumble upon a vegan restaurant with such a range and performing top notch on each single dish.

The staff was very considerate, extremely kind and very swift in serving us. Thanks again for your great service. The interior is simple but classy and warm.

All in all Go Zen is just fantastic, a true recommendation to anyone who might read this.

Pros: Value for your money, Very friendly staff and swift service, Delicious & delightful

Cons: None

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Just favorite this right now while you're here - Edit

Because that's what you're gonna end up doing anyways after going to this place. Along with giving them five stars. I got the BBQ seitan as an appetizer. Get that! Get that! It left me craving more. I would go broke for it. For the meal I got a pesto linguine. Very tasty although I feel they might have even tastier options under the Rice & Noodles section. I had a 'make your own smoothie' (16oz) with a base of almond milk and for my items: peanut butter, banana, and mango. As expected: slurp. gone. :(
Anyways I didn't have cash on me and I was with an crazy alcoholic (babysitting her in a way) and when we got our food and left to go eat it across the street on the church stoop she wanted rice and thought it should come with it. And you know how crazy drunk people get so I had her wait and stay on the stoop. The people inside were so nice and I didn't want to disrupt/disturb them plus they were about to close and I didn't want my alcoholic acquaintance to go inside so they understood my situation (and they witnessed her too since she was inside earlier) and gave me the rice for free since I had no cash to pay for it. Initially I was going to go to red bamboo but I saw this place and got confused cause they were both vegan and I though red bamboo changed their name or something. It wasn't until I walked up the block that I then passed red bamboo and there was a staircase separating the two restaurants that block the view of each other even tho they're so close. Also I had yelp at the time and the maps said I arrived and they are so close to one another one the pin point blocks the other and in this case the red bamboo pin blocks go zen'. Anywayzz I'm glad I went here it was lovely.

Pros: lots of options, amazing food, great characteristics, traits, and quality

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Great find - Edit

Get the tofu & tempeh dish with the jalapeños. It's not spicy. The flavors are amazing! This place has great ambiance and quick service.

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Grandchild of Zen Palate, Child of Nobo - Edit

Go Zen is the new restaurant by people formerly involved with Zen Palate and Nobo (the children of Zen Palate) and in place of the Vegetarian Paradise II. We've eaten at all 3 over the last 20 years, but all the locations over the years which have all closed, VPII just a few months ago. They refurbished the VPII space, new couches, better lighting, still great location, and the menu is sort of a combination of the 3, and all great. It's a little more expensive than VPII about 12-15/ entree but still a great deal, with some lunch specials for $7.

We ordered a the Beijing Seitan, and Soy Cashew Saute, and BBQ Seitan with Yakisoba Noodles Plate. All amazing, and more than enough for 3 hungry people. We will definitely come back.

I was actually pretty upset when each of these restaurants had closed, and glad to see that at least this one is back.

They've added a few other non-Asian items to the menu such as GoZen Burger and GoZen sandwich, which might be good for a change.

I found the food less oily than Buddha Bodai in Chinatown, felt more healthy, though we love that place as well.

Pros: Great food, Not just Asian

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