Located in Chinatown where it merges into the Lower East Side, Forgtmenot is a laid back place that’s perfect to sit, eat, drink, and chill. It’s relaxing despite having doors and windows open to the street because this part of Division Street gets very little traffic. There was music playing in the background, but it was fine because it actually was in the background. Only one table was engaged in “animated” conversation, but they could be ignored for the most part.
We came to eat, but Forgtmenot probably gets more use as a bar. It’s bigger than it looks because it extends from Division Street through to Canal Street. The interior is divided into three separate spaces–two with bars and one smaller space in between the two. At lunch, only the Division Street side was being served and there were some empty tables for passersby.
We were surprised how comfortable we felt given that the usual hard surface design mix was present–concrete floor, tin ceiling, and similar materials. Maybe it was due to the oddly shaped space, or the use of textiles in the decor, or the mostly quiet crowd, but whatever the reason we really liked the space and felt relaxed and unrushed. Conversation was not a problem, and we could easily see spending an afternoon at Forgtmenot with friends for a chat and a cocktail.
Very good service and tasty food rounded out our visit. We added avocado to the shrimp po boy per the waiter’s suggestion and it was delicious (there’s a little heat, so ask for no hot sauce if you aren’t a fan). We definitely recommend a visit at lunch or when it’s not packed. Our waiter said all three rooms can get really crowded on the weekend, so if you want to visit then, or during happy hour, proceed with caution.
Monday through Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. (kitchen closes at midnight)
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. (kitchen closes at midnight)
138 Division Street (betw. Ludlow and Orchard Streets), New York, NY 10002