Bar of the Year: Bar Goto, New York City.
"If you’ve never been to Tokyo and wondered what all the fuss is about when it comes to the bars, Bar Goto is a perfect introduction. The hospitality is honest, the lighting makes everyone look good, and the drinks (we always order the yuzu-calpico fizz) are simple and made with exacting technique. If that wasn’t enough, the bar food—the must-order fresh celery with sesame oil and five types of okonomiyaki—is transporting as well. When we have people we really, really like visiting us in New York, this is where we take them. Let’s keep it on the DL."
"The confines of this thoughtfully designed jewel box are modeled after Tokyo’s intimate cocktail bars, with a wall of Japanese whiskies and a compact list of craveable bar snacks to soak it all up. The tables are close, providing excellent eavesdropping opportunities. Take full advantage of the cocktail list."
"Ostensibly, Bar Goto is a place to drink and have okonomiyaki, which is a little off-center for a date, but makes a good litmus test: If your partner is awesome enough to want okonomiyaki for date, they’re a keeper. The miso-glazed wings are the best drinking snack in New York and the chips and dip served with spicy cod roe and sour cream are delicious. It’s dark and sexy and reminds me of Japan..."