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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Fools Gold has a great selection of beer and whiskey, and it’s a good place to start your night on the LES.
Banzarbar is a small cocktail bar behind an unmarked door on the second floor of Freemans on the LES.
This is the Cocoron team’s second shabushabu omakase restaurant on the LES, and it’s great for a special occasion dinner.
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Geido is a great neighborhood sushi bar where you can scribble all over the walls and listen to R&B slow jams.
Chikarashi Isso serves a diverse menu of Japanese dishes in a compact FiDi space that’s great for last-minute business dinners.
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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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