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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Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten
Loreley is a traditional-feeling beer garden on the Lower East Side, and it’s a good place to get some day drinking done.
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Hi-Collar in the East Village is a Japanese lunch/coffee spot by day and a sake bar at night.
Sen Sakana is Peruvian-Japanese place in Midtown that might be good for a business lunch, although you don't really have to spend your money here.
Benemon is a charming neighborhood spot in the East Village that’s ideal for when you want some katsu or curry over rice, with a side of sake.
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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.
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