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The New York Times

Summer Days, Drifting Away (September 2021)

"Before he opened Bar Goto on the Lower East Side (and then a second location in Brooklyn), Kenta Goto was one of the top bartenders in New York. He is showcasing that talent in a celebration of Japanese-themed cocktails (and very good) bar food, with a few options perfect for a summer refresher, including the Kishu Spritz (sparkling plum wine, gin and lemon) and the Far East Side (sake, tequila, lemon, elderflower liqueur and yuzu bitters). If you want to go simpler, a highball featuring quality Japanese whiskey can’t be beat."

It’s Highball Season. Here’s Where to Try Some of the Best in the US  (August 2018)

"Barman Kenta Goto’s excellent Japanese-influenced cocktail bar keeps its highball simple. Four ounces of Schweppes club soda is poured over an ounce and a quarter of Toki, which is kept in the freezer so the whisky won’t melt the ice quickly. No machine, no magic — just delicious."

Bar Goto, a New Japanese Bar on the Lower East Side  (September 2015)

"After seven years at the Pegu Club in SoHo, Kenta Goto has branched out on his own, opening an upscale cocktail spot farther east, both literally and figuratively. This tiny but adorable Japanese bar pays high attention to details and, at 600 square feet, offers little room other than for sitting and relishing Mr. Goto’s Eastern-inflected cocktails and Japanese tapas. It’s a welcome addition to the Lower East Side night life theme park, more for adults than those just out of school."


What to Do in New York This Weekend  (July 2018)

Summery Cocktails From Bars Around New York City  (September 2015)