"Best Place to Try Something New: Bar Goto Niban
Bar Goto Niban is the Brooklyn extension of the original Lower East Side location. If you’ve never experienced izakaya-style dining, you’re in for a treat with this mixed menu of custom and Japanese-influenced American dishes. And while you’re enjoying your korokke, a traditional Japanese croquette, you can wash it down with an inventive cocktail like the Hakumai Highball. If cocktails aren’t what you’re looking for, Bar Goto Niban offers a curated selection of sake, shochu, and Japanese whisky. No matter what you choose, the unique experience will be one to write home about."
"Not only does heading out for a drink in January mean less fighting for a seat, it also means more face time with those behind the stick. “Because January is generally a quieter month, it’s a great time to snag a seat at the bar,” Kenta Goto, owner of Bar Goto and Bar Goto Niban, tells me. “We specialize in cocktails that often use Japanese spirits. … The slower season gives customers the opportunity to really learn about what they’re drinking from our experienced bartenders,” says Goto."