Bar Goto is mature, but we wouldn’t say it’s uptight. Sure, you aren’t going to meet anyone on the dance floor here - but that’s because there is no dance floor. This is a tiny Japanese-inspired cocktail bar on the LES where you can eat some very good bar snacks and have a martini with a cherry blossom in it. It’s like no other place in the area. Come here and pretend you’re in Tokyo for an hour or two. And if you end up hanging out for bit, try the miso chicken wings.
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If you absolutely want to go drink at a speakeasy, Attaboy (on the Lower East Side) is one of the best options.
Tang Hotpot is a big place on Bowery where you and your friends can have a good time dipping high quality meats into a bubbling pot of broth.
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Wanpaku is a tiny Japanese spot in Greenpoint with a cocktail bar (The Hidden Pearl) in the back.
Rule Of Thirds
Rule of Thirds is an enormous Japanese spot in Greenpoint, and it’s a great place to eat izakaya-style food and drink sake with a group.
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Otafuku is a small takeout place in the East Village with excellent Japanese street food and a few counter seats.
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Boilermaker is a casual cocktail bar just above the Lower East Side where you can get a well-made drink and some above-average bar food.
Parish is a bar on the Lower East Side that’s a good spot for Happy Hour and New Orleans-inspired food.
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