Categories: Fusion Japanese, Cockail Bar
Address: 128 W Houston St., New York, NY 10012 (between Sullivan St. & Mac Dougal St.). Greenwich Village.
Date Visited: March 2017
Price: $$/$$$ ($14 per cocktail, dishes range from $7-21)
Hours: Sun-Thurs 5:00pm-1:00am, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-2:00am
Summary: Bar Moga is a new cocktail bar in the West Village featuring fusion-Japanese food and drinks. Developed by the same people behind SakaMai, Bar Moga was inspired by the moga (“modern [Japanese] girls” during the Roaring '20s) who were known to defy social norms and gender stereotypes (think: listened to jazz, dressed in Westernized clothing, dated whomever they wished to). What's cooler is that they only serve drinks from alcohol companies run by women (WHO RUNS THE WORLD?)
Anyway, the restaurant’s interior décor and design are modeled after Taisho-era jazz bars in Japan (vintage chandeliers, retro wall posters, etc.) The drinks are strong, bold and despite its marketing as a cocktail bar, the food is surprisingly decent. Like their drinks, Bar Moga serves Japanese-inspired fare (Yōshoku, or 洋食), aka. Japanese comfort food. I strongly recommend ordering the omurice and kani cream croquette. See photos below!
All in all - excellent food and drinks for a full-blown meal or to grab a quick bite in the Soho area.
Please note that this was an invited tasting. But all opinions and photos are purely my own.