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Esquire's Best Bars in America in 2017  (May 2017)

"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 Kenta Goto's clever, subtle drink menu—to the New Jack City and the Melon Ball. What really extends evening into night and unfastens one's inhibitions, though, is a friendly, unflappable "Welcome back, man" mode of service. For a lot of knowledgeable drinkers in New York, Goto has become the go-to."