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Bar Goto is an acclaimed cocktail bar with two New York City locations.


For a lot of knowledgeable drinkers in New York, Goto has become the go-to... Bar Goto's signature drink is a Japanese interpretation of a martini with sake as the foundation and a cherry blossom floating Ophelia-ishly in the cold, clear liquid. A few sips encourage the mind to venture deeper into [the] clever, subtle drink menu. What really extends evening into night and unfastens one's inhibitions, though, is a friendly, unflappable "Welcome back, man" mode of service. -Esquire


In New York City’s Lower East Side since 2015, Bar Goto is a small cocktail bar that pays high attention to detail. The warm amber lighting and framed bolt of silk kimono fabric from owner Kenta Goto’s family in Tokyo keep the bar's design personal and inviting. The focus is on Japanese-inflected cocktails and a highly snackable food menu — a New York bar with a Japanese soul.


The Bar Goto team opened sister bar, Bar Goto Niban, in Brooklyn in 2020. Niban means second [in Japanese], but with its beautiful interior and new menu additions, Bar Goto Niban stands on its own. The Park Slope spot near Barclays Center offers seating at an extra-long walnut wood bar top, a window banquette, and a standing bar. A custom mural featuring an exquisite golden Japanese garden scene anchors the space. We look forward to welcoming you!



Accolades

Eater "Essential Cocktail Bars of NYC" 2024

Food & Wine “Best Cocktail Bars in the U.S.” 2023

New York Times "100 Best Restaurants in NYC: For a Bar With Superb Snacks" 2023

World's 50 Best Bars, No. 83 2022

Tales of the Cocktail “Best U.S. Cocktail Bar” Finalist 2018 & 2022

Tales of the Cocktail “Best New U.S. Cocktail Bar” Finalist (Bar Goto Niban) 2020

James Beard “Outstanding Bar Program” Semifinalist 2017 & 2018

Esquire “Best Bars in America” 2017

Time Out New York "Bar of the Year" 2017

Bon Appétit “Bar of the Year” 2016

Tales of the Cocktail “Best U.S. Bartender” (Kenta Goto) 2011