[New York City] Bar Moga

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BAR MOGA

New York City
@gofindalice

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. 

https://www.barmoga.com/
Instagram: @barmoga

Please note that this was an invited tasting. But all opinions and photos are purely my own. 
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People watching from the windows while sipping drinks and eating on a Saturday afternoon!

People watching from the windows while sipping drinks and eating on a Saturday afternoon!

EBI FRY ($12) with panko fried prawn & tartar sauce

EBI FRY ($12) with panko fried prawn & tartar sauce

HAMBURGER STEAK ($21) with glazed carrot. demi-glace sauce

HAMBURGER STEAK ($21) with glazed carrot. demi-glace sauce

KANI CREAM CROQUETTE ($12) with snow crab & tartar sauce - super crispy on the outside. While it's deep fried, I didn't find it too greasy or oily and there was a good amount of snow crab filling inside. Yum!

KANI CREAM CROQUETTE ($12) with snow crab & tartar sauce - super crispy on the outside. While it's deep fried, I didn't find it too greasy or oily and there was a good amount of snow crab filling inside. Yum!

Just look at how beautiful the drinks are. Don't be fooled, they're quite strong and I got pretty tipsy at 4pm haha! 

Just look at how beautiful the drinks are. Don't be fooled, they're quite strong and I got pretty tipsy at 4pm haha! 

OMU RICE ($21) - omelette, chicken rice, demi-glaze sauce. They say pictures are worth a thousand words but I think this one is worth a million. PERFECTLY scrambled fluffy butter eggs!  (Scroll down to see the middle). Hungry again just looking at these photos again! 

OMU RICE ($21) - omelette, chicken rice, demi-glaze sauce. They say pictures are worth a thousand words but I think this one is worth a million. PERFECTLY scrambled fluffy butter eggs!  (Scroll down to see the middle). Hungry again just looking at these photos again! 

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