GG Tokyo: A Hidden Gem in the Flatiron District Worth Discovering
An unassuming entrance to the Park South Hotel reveals GG Tokyo, a hidden jewel box-sized izakaya. Named after Tokyo’s famed Golden Gai district, known for its lively vibe and patronage of musicians, artists, writers, academics, and celebrities, GG Tokyo seeks to emulate the exciting environment adding an elevated twist with an emphasis on refined cocktails.
The interior design sets the stage for an immersive dining experience featuring a collection of custom-curated and commissioned art, including Sakeseas designed by Detroit-based neon artist Kate Hush depicting a colorful neon mermaid that has become the restaurant’s unofficial logo marking the lounge area. There is also a mural by Alabama-born Artist Daniel Dugan composed of a single endless brush stroke weaving along the wall running the length of the dining room. The space is dimly lit, featuring low-top tables, a six-seat sushi counter, and bar seating. Accented by a carefully curated playlist and occasional live DJ performances, GG Tokyo features a fun, high-energy atmosphere.
Upon entering the restaurant, my guest and I immediately took notice of the intimate space and the beautiful artwork on the wall. There was also an event going on (a company after-hours of sorts I assume) and it gave the restaurant a really lively feel. After taking in the happenings in the restaurant and getting immersed in its intimate feel, we were guided to our seats. We browse the menu and let me just say, to love here; the menu is not overwhelming but at the same time you’ll feel like you have plenty of options.
We started our meal off with drinks. I enjoyed The Golden Monkey (Toki whisky, Giffard Banane du Brésil, pandan leaf and egg white) and my guest enjoyed The Tomadachi (Casamigos, Ume plum liqueur, agave, butterfly pea flower, furikake). I enjoyed this drink so much that I had to order two. There was a sweetness to this drink that I really enjoyed; it was truly a sweet fall/winter drink. My guest’s drink had a sweetness as well, but I preferred mine.