Bar Goto Debuts Next Tuesday in the Old Zoe Spot on Eldridge Street
The high-profile successor to Zoe on Eldridge Street is almost ready for the big dance. From dining to drinks.
The reimagined commercial space at 245 Eldridge is fully altered, having spent the last seven months behind shades of brown paper. Plus, how could you avoid that new wooden door. This is where bartender Kenta Goto decided to plant the proverbial flag.
Bar Goto, a Japanese-style cocktail bar which New York Magazine already proclaims the best go at the genre since the likeminded Angel’s Share debuted twenty years ago.
As reported back in December, Goto himself is known for his stint as head bartender of the Pegu Club on West Houston. His Lower East Side imagining is an upscale Izakaya joint with chef Kiyo Shinoki in the kitchen. Bar Goto will serve finger pickins like pickled octopus, smelt fish tempura, and Okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes) once it opens next Tuesday. We’re told it’s currently in soft-launch mode, hosting friends and family tastings.