Kenta Goto Angling to Open Izakaya Joint at the Old Zoe Space on Eldridge Street
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The casual Eldridge Street eatery, Zoe, closed last June after a three-year run. Loyal patrons were none too pleased about the decision, especially since the establishment proved itself a good neighbor. There was some local anxiety circulating about the identity of the inevitable successor, all while the business sought $175K in key cash.
Six months later, the arguing can commence.
Based on application documents submitted to Community Board 3 this month, venerable Kenta Goto is apparently ready to launch a new venture here at 245 Eldridge. It’s tentatively called “Bar Goto.” 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 that serves menu items like pickled octopus, smelt fish tempura, and Okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes) named for Lower East Side streets.
Occupancy is 74 (with Letter of No Objection from the DOB); there will be ten tables with twenty seats and a stand-up bar. Business hours sought are 5pm-midnight during the week and 5pm-2am Thursday through Saturday.
Goto will pitch the SLA advisory committee next Monday night for a full liquor license. Sample menu is below: