Bar Goto

Cocktail Bar$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Jen R.
    Jen Rios3 weeks ago
    Love! Great for food and drinks. Small and intimate setting not too quiet but still buzzing. Bar and tables are usually full early. The staff is attentive and friendly which is a big plus for me.
  • Eileen
    EileenSeptember 23
    If you like creamy, sweet drinks, get the hojicha milk punch. Kyoto old fashioned is similar to alcohol tea. LES was easy to drink
  • Dan T.
    Dan TorresAugust 1
    The celery is a must order.
  • Ted P.
    Very intimate bar in LES. Not as crowded as other bars, but cocktails and ambience are great for small groups.
  • Lina Y.
    Lina YehJuly 21
    Small, intimate bar with great cocktails and tasty okonomiyaki.
  • Eater
    EaterJune 15
    This contemporary Lower East Side izakaya may be known for its cocktails (Pegu Club vet Kenta Goto opened the place), but it also serves one of New York’s best bar food menus. Read more
  • s v.
    s vJune 7
    (Thrillist tip) Dessert-y Rum Oshiruko, made w/ red bean soup & dark rum, served on crushed ice w/ mochi ice cream... chicken wings here are required eating. can’t go wrong w/ the sesame celery.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LMay 30
    their "dessert" cocktail with green tea was gimmicky and no good
  • Charlotte S.
    Ume Fizz for the win, with celery on the side
  • Irene M.
    Beautiful cocktails!
  • Rafi R.
    the Far East Side was really good. Both Okonomiyaki(? - Japenese omelettes) were also excellent
  • Caroline
    Stunning cocktails, small bites. Try rum oshiruko with mochi
  • Bruce H.
    Bruce HomerMarch 17
    Impecable cocktails! Drink as art! The decor is beautiful. Need to try the food next time - looks great!
  • Lucy H.
    Lucy H.March 11
    Their pickles are so good! Get some to snack on w/ cocktails 😍
  • Bradley K.
    Bradley KayFebruary 19
    Good drinks menu, though more limited than most high quality cocktail bars. Tilts towards Japanese ingredients (yuzu, sochu, calpico). Amazing wings and okonami-yaki.
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelFebruary 5
    Okonomiyaki is so good! We liked the carnivore one a lot. Wings and celery are also great. The sake nectar cocktail and Yuzu calpico are my favs. BF likes the sazerac and jersey kilt.
  • Bienvenido C.
    Bienvenido CruzFebruary 4
    The chicken wings and celery are amazing
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    The best thing we ate in a bar this year was…celery? We were surprised too. The crunchy, salty, sesame-drenched celery sticks at Bar Goto are so good, you’ll forget they’re vegetables. Read more
  • Ross W.
    Kenta Goto of Pegu Club fame is behind this New York venue. Expect easy Japanese food, craft cocktails, and a thoughtful selection of beer, wine and sake
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmJanuary 5
    Cosy little Japanese bar. The specials are super interesting. Perfect for date night.
  • Jose F.
    Jose FuentesDecember 23, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Among the best in the city. Get the wings or any of the okonomiyaki or the kombu celery.
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LaneDecember 22, 2016
    I know everyone says this, but the wings are that good
  • A W.
    A WriterNovember 29, 2016
    Stylish, charming and low key cocktail spot. The shiso and yuzu-based cocktail (I forget the name) was refreshing and unusual in all the right ways.
  • Nathan Y.
    Nathan YuenNovember 26, 2016
    Sake nectar!!!
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinNovember 7, 2016
    The miso wings are great. They're quite small and easy to take down. Great sauce to meat ratio!
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 25, 2016
    This Kenta Goto founded Japanese gastropub serves a limited menu, of which the best things are the miso chicken wings. These well-cooked avian appendages are slicked with a semi-sweet & earthy sauce. Read more
  • Christine C.
    Christine CasanoAugust 29, 2016
    The wings!!
  • Kat C.
    Kat C.August 17, 2016
    Fail safe option for cocktails downtown without doorman drama and in a cool space. Think Angel's Share-style cocktails but without the line of out-of-towners waiting for a table.
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiAugust 13, 2016
    Nice date place. Space has intimate 2 person tables, decor is not overly romantic. Enough background noise to drown out the awkward silences while still being quiet enough to hear the other person.
  • Sue L.
    Sue LeeJuly 22, 2016
    Their miso wings are a must.
  • Elsa C.
    Elsa CerveraJune 27, 2016
    Watermelon cooler
  • Alberto S.
    Alberto SimonJune 21, 2016
    Japanese style cocktails, very good!
  • İpek A.
    İpek A.June 13, 2016
    Good cocktails and snacks. Try the watermelon & gin cocktail. And ask for "Jasmine"
  • Rudy V.
    Rudy ValentaJune 10, 2016
    Kobu Celery - fresh spears of celery, salted kelp, sea same seeds and red shiso flakes. Perfect combo with a cocktail
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    The food is substantial (and tasty) enough to make a meal of, but getting a couple of early evening cocktails and snacks before a later downtown dinner rez is really the move here. Read more
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WhiteMay 22, 2016
    Woah. The octopus and sake cocktails 👍👍👍
  • Sherry W.
    Sherry WangMay 6, 2016
    Get the matcha drink. The burdock fries and okonomiyaki (the meatiest option, can't recall the name) were delicious. Umami mary is great too— good flavors but not like a meal like other bloodies
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanApril 30, 2016
    get multiple orders of the miso wings you won't regret it one bit
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonApril 29, 2016
    The miso wings are insanely good... Dare I say the best chicken wings in the city? Yep.
  • Leah H.
    Leah HammerschlagApril 2, 2016
    The wings are worth it- super unique and delicious, the cocktails are tasty though not mindblowing at $15. Wonderful service and ambiance.
  • Sydney M.
    Sydney MMarch 12, 2016
    Okonomiyaki
  • Elizabeth I.
    Elizabeth IrizMarch 11, 2016
    Not your traditional okonomiyaki but very tasty nonetheless and how can you say no to the grilled cheese one?!
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 29, 2016
    Amazing cocktails: Yuzu fizz, umami Mary, matcha & Sendai with half & half. Cool ambience but tiny with no Rezzes. Food is meh. 🍸🍹🍶
  • PureWow
    PureWowFebruary 23, 2016
    You really haven’t lived until you’ve tried the okonomiyaki, a Japanese pancake with pork belly, yakisoba noodles and rock shrimp. Read more
  • Dina R.
    Dina RughaniFebruary 4, 2016
    Chicken wings and okonomiyaki. Great cocktails and service
  • Betty
    BettyJanuary 27, 2016
    Seriously amazing place! Came for the hot toddy on a cold day, and Chris did not disappoint. Kobu Celery, Miso Wings will be in my dreams for days.
  • Craig A.
    Craig AustinJanuary 17, 2016
    Excellent food and great drinks in a nice space.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJanuary 17, 2016
    Awesome spot to grab a drink and hang with someone you love
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WooJanuary 17, 2016
    The cocktails are great but I came for the wings and wings I will come back again for!
  • Zahrah F.
    Zahrah FadelJanuary 16, 2016
    Best date spot in the area
  • Michael C.
    Michael ConstantineDecember 29, 2015
    The bar is aesthetically appealing with a dark and romantic feel. The cocktails are very good and has a great presentation
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaNovember 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Good selection of Japanese whiskeys, but try the cocktails
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 23, 2015
    If you get the Goto Pickles make sure you try the yuzu paste in the corner!!
  • Carmen F.
    Carmen FelicianoNovember 2, 2015
    Macha cocktail is sooo good!
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanOctober 31, 2015
    This is he perfect combination of #izakaya and #cocktail den. Only one drawback - the music. Too loud and totally misfit. Get sakagura martini and the pickles!
  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorOctober 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    OMG - love this place. Gorgeous space, owner formerly at Pegu. Amazing cocktails, great food and wonderful staff. I will be back!! Get the grilled cheese and the fries - not your typical, delish
  • Kenneth K.
    Kenneth KaadtmannOctober 19, 2015
    Japanese cocktailbar. Nuff said
  • James J.
    James JOctober 18, 2015
    Enjoy a bottle of Sake with a friend or loved one. But also get the Fizz and it's delicious marshmallow. Yummy
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissOctober 2, 2015
    From the Pegu Club team, inventive and tasty cocktails with very solid izakaya bar food. Miso fried chicken and the okonomiyaki traditional were great.
  • Damien R.
    Damien RomanOctober 1, 2015
    Wings and Sake
    Upvoted Oct 25
  • Henry B.
    Henry BridgeSeptember 30, 2015
    Great cocktails and wings. Celery app is unexpectedly good too. The okonomiyaki is tasty but super heavy – would recommend splitting.
  • Alice Eunjin
    Alice EunjinSeptember 29, 2015
    Drinks and food are hit or miss. I would stick to the sake drinks and order okonomiyaki! Also, be ready for a very small space and people bumping into each other
  • PUNCH
    PUNCHSeptember 24, 2015
    Kenta Goto’s Japanese-style cocktail bar is an oasis of subtle cocktails and small plates, all deeply rooted in personal history. Don't miss the okonomiyaki. Read more
  • Krishna R.
    Krishna RamSeptember 22, 2015
    The calpico gin fizz! The owner, Kenta makes amazing drinks - try the cucumber cooler as well!
  • Hailey Heewoo K.
    Hailey Heewoo KimSeptember 16, 2015
    the Far East Side cocktail was very refreshing - loved it! also recommend the bar snacks - the chicken wings and fries were addicting
  • Pablo B.
    Pablo BrovelliSeptember 16, 2015
    Lejos la mejor barra de new york. Far away the best cocktails with food in NY
  • Rebecca L.
    Rebecca LitovskySeptember 9, 2015
    Love the Far East Side cocktail that features sake, tequila, and a shizo leaf. Delicious.
  • E
    ESeptember 8, 2015
    Umami Mary for sure! Try the pickles as a bar snack
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisAugust 27, 2015
    Before 2pm: umami Bloody Mary, before 11pm: Sakura martini, after...$10 Sapporo and a house shot 🍻
  • Jastine K.
    Jastine KhoAugust 25, 2015
    The matcha cocktail is bangin'. Great date night spot!
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbackAugust 24, 2015
    I know it's a weird suggestion, but get the celery. It was amazing.
  • Susie Y.
    Susie YinAugust 22, 2015
    Gobo fries and miso wings to emulate Asian-American tastes, every cocktail is a great blend of Asian flavors. Gin lovers get the sakura martini
  • Xiaoyi L.
    Xiaoyi LAugust 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The Shochu cocktail, the umami Mary! Get the miso wings. Absolutely my fav new place in town.
  • Joseph A.
    Joseph AkbrudAugust 10, 2015
    Upscale and intimate izakaya featuring delicious bites and Japanese influenced cocktails.
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonAugust 1, 2015
    Amazing new Japanese cocktail bar in LES. Totally sexy vibes and the drinks are amazing. I'm in love with the Far East Side! Great date spot too.
  • Jason C.
    Jason ChuangJuly 30, 2015
    They have a few kinks to work out service wise, Sakura martini and yuzu calpico fizz were a little disappointing. Far East Side and matcha milkshake were great
  • Yngrid V.
    Yngrid VelasquezSeptember 9, 2015
    El clásico es súper rico y el barman muy bueno.
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