First Look: Bar Goto Opens on the Lower East Side

By Kelly Dobkin  |  July 23, 2015
Credit: Gabi Porter

Photos by Gabi Porter

The gist: Pegu Club vet Kenta Goto is opening the Japanese bar food and cocktail-focused Bar Goto on the Lower East Side on Tuesday, July 28, an homage to food and drink he grew up eating in Tokyo.

The space: Architect Andrew Wilkinson designed the dimly lit space that features two standing bars and banquette seating. A 100-year old kimono belonging to Goto's grandmother has been redesigned into wall art. 

The food: The menu, designed by Bohemian chef Kiyo Shinoki, upgrades Japanese bar staples including items like miso wings (roasted black sesame, scallion and miso-buffalo hot sauce). But the main event is the array of okonomiyaki, a popular Japanese cabbage pancake that comes in a few fusion-y varieties including grilled cheese (white cheddar, Parmesan, Gruyere, beech mushroom, sun-dried tomato); and Fisherman's (octopus, rock shrimp, calamari) as well as the classic pork variety. Gluten-free dough is available for the pancakes as well.

The drinks: Signature cocktails includes a take on a Tom Collins called the Yuzu-Calpico Fizz: Gin, yuzu preserve, Calpico, lemon and soda in addition to eight other options.

The details: 245 Eldridge Street; 212-475-4411