Bar Goto: Where We're Drinking This January

Bar Goto

On the Lower East Side of Manhattan, dive bars are all over the place. This is not one of them. For an upscale, nicer, atmosphere (read: no sticky floors, no crowded rooms, and yes, you could take a date here), venture in for a cocktail or two (and some delicious food). But don't think you have to wear a suit either. You're among good company at Bar Goto.

What We Drink While We're Here: With a strong list of Japanese inspired seasonal cocktails, it’s hard to go wrong. We always start with a refreshing cocktail from the extensive highball menu before venturing into something more heady for the main drink of the night.

Ambiance: A mix of the Tokyo minimalist approach, with amazing dark wood and lighter highlights, the Lower East Side's low light and unmarked door opens to a crowd of very in-the-know individuals. They're looking forward to a Japanese inspired cocktail from the likes of proprietor and the bar's namesake Kento Goto.

Cocktail Menu Highlights: The Ume Fizz (Japanese Plum Brandy, Mirabelle, & Soda) garnished with a sweet and salty pickled plum is always a great way to start. And definitely check out their other craft cocktails on the menu that changes seasonally

Etc: In true Izakaya style, the Japanese inspired comfort food is not to be missed. Make sure you try the Celery (yes, it’s raw celery). Trust us. The Miso Chicken wings  are a must, and if you have room, try one of the Okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake.