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Gato Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gatonyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 334-6400
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Saturday Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Bobby Flay
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bleecker St and Houston St
  • Public Transit: B,D F & M: To Broadway-Lafayette -
    6 to Bleecker Street -
    N,R to Prince Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking:
    Mulberry St. bet Bleecker St and Houston St
    East Houston bet. Mulberry St and Mott St
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "B. Flay has proved he's still got it behind the kitchen. A lot of places shine in one spot and are lacking in others, but at Gato everything from top to bottom, appetizer to dessert was fantastic. And the waitress, I guess, overheard me say happy birthday to my girlfriend at the table so when we ordered dessert she put it upon herself to put a candle in the cheesecake!!! Made me look like the best guy in the world. If you're going there are two things that you CANNOT miss: 1. Scrambled Eggs - I do NOT like eggs but I got this because everyone hyped it up. This transcends any potential you thought eggs could ever have. I wish I could make these. 2. Kale + Wild Mushroom Paella - I'm a meat eater but this was the best thing I had. By far."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Spent the day in NYC ending with dinner at Gato, Flay's latest addition to the dinning scene. Our meal was excellent from start to finish. One suggestion....get rid of those horrible cane backed chairs. Anyone with a generous bottom will not be comfortable. By 7:00 PM the noise level makes dinner conversation difficult but every bite of the food was absolutely delicious! The treat of a glass of cream sherry and biscotti at the end of the meal was a pleasant and tasty surprise."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We were in New York for a mini occasion and were fortunate to get a reservation at Gato. It was delicious, great service and a beautiful place."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "This new mediterranean restaurant in NoLita is just about perfect in every way. I have now been there twice, and it is getting harder to get a reservation...suffice it to say, service, food and desserts are all fabulous, and Bobby is actually in the kitchen. I heartily recommend the squid ink pasta with shrimp, and the tarragon chicken is sublime. But, be sure to sample the spreads first as they are too good to miss! Just go, before it becomes impossible to get in!!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went there a few days ago. All dishes we ordered were delicious! We had roasted octopus, kale and wild mushroom paella, fresh fettuccine with squid ink, and red plum tart tatine. All are creative and well crafted meals. However, everything was very salty except dessert. We got very thirsty afterward. But overall we are very happy with the restaurant; food was great and ambiance was trendy, and the staff was very professional. I'll definitely come back."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Gato is wonderful! I was so bummed when my favorite Flay establishment, Mesa Grill, closed in NYC. It was a spot I made sure to visit every time I visited the city. Now, I have a new gem in Gato. Thank you for this special venue and its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The service was excellent and the food was wonderful (but three dishes topped with poached eggs?!?) but the portions are small (one tentacle was the whole octopus portion!) and the prices are high. Is the food worth it? Yes. Would I go back again? Yes. Would I recommend it? Absolutely. Would I like it better if the portions were a little larger and the prices a little lower? You bet."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Gato is definitely a new hot spot. We waited over 5 weeks for a Friday night reservation for 4. I think that is why overall I was disappointed. The food was good not great. The ambiance and space are very cool. Great trendy Manhattan decor. The service if all the staff was excellent. I am going to give it another try but I wasn't as impressed as others have been. I found the food pretty standard. The highlights are definitely the Octopus and the Rabbit."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The food was absolutely delicious! We sampled some bar appetizers, and they were different and tasty. They are small enough that you can sample a few and not get too filled up. The eggplant with the manchego was really tasty. We also had the octoputus appetizer. It was perfectly cooked and very flavorful. I had the crab risotto which was very decadent. I got the appetizer size, and it was a perfect size since it was so filling. The desserts were out of this world - the cheesecake was creamy, flavorful and rich. The gelatos were so creamy and smooth! Overall, a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Gato's was absolutely terrific. Sam the bartender guided us through the entire menu and he was spot on. Loved his enthusiasm. Food top notch. Enjoyed it immensely and will be back!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "For our first visit to Gato, what impressed most of all was the quality of the wait staff. Her recommendations (and explanations) were outstanding. Helpful without hovering, informative without condescension. The food was outstanding overall. The presentation a work of art--each dish balanced for the eye and the palate. The cauliflower side dish we shared among the three of us caused "oohs" and "wows" with each bite. The bar menu selections we tried were a delight, from the white anchovies to the chorizo."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Awesome bar with great drinks. Food was the right proportions and great for sharing little bites of everything. The service is quick so do not be prepared to have a long dragged out dinner"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Food was outstanding. Decor was great. Service was great. Wish it was easier to get a rez but glad I was able to snag one and try this place!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The food was very, very good and the ambience was nice and lively. the staff was knowledgeable and recommended good dishes such as the pork chop and the paella and the lamb sausage pizza as an appetizer which were all phenomenal. highly recommend it, definitely going back."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I was expecting a great food experience, but I was not impressed with the meal which was overpriced for what you get."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My husband and I were visiting New York for the weekend, and since I'm a huge fan of Bobby Flay this restaurant was definitely on my list to go to. Wait staff was very informative and friendly, and so was the bartender. We had a great time!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Had a great time. Food was excellent as was the service"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food was stellar, the service impeccable. I'd go again in a heartbeat! It's everything people said it would be and more. Bravo Bobby Flay!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Ahhhh, finally a meal where each and every single dish exceeded our expectations! Wonderful selection, big, bold flavors that all seem to work together in perfect harmony. We were so luck to get a reservation, even though it was for 11:00! Even the desert we chose the blackberry tart with strawberry rhubarb gelato, omg, so delicious! Great service. Wonderful evening!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My third time at Gato and I'm a huge fan. I've tried different things each time. We loved the roasted carrots. The rabbit was tender and delicious. All the recommendations proved to be as described and more. The crab risotto continues to be a favorite. We each ordered a desert. Why share one when you can try three!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was good...maybe a 23/24 Zagat rating. The small bar bites were better than the appetizers or the main. Considering the prices ($17 for the octopus salad which was 1 single 4" tentacle) I'm more likely to be back for a drink in the bar and some bar bites."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food and service were impeccable. The paella, scrambled eggs, octopus and Meyer lemon tart were the hits! Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Waited a month to get a 5:45 reservation at Gato on a Friday. We were seated promptly at a table along the kitchen window, across from the bar. Beware these seats! As the bar crowd builds, diners and wait staff kept bumping into our chair as they passed. I suppose it's not the end of the world but when you're having an expensive dinner, it's definitely not something you want to deal with. We were underwhelmed by the cocktail and beer selection, but the food was excellent. We had the crab risotto and octopus to start, the latter was the standout. For the mains we had the rabbit and beef, as well as the charred carrots. All highly recommended. We passed on dessert since nothing really popped out."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The Good: waiter was very knowledgable and friendly, mains (Porterhouse Pork Chop and Steamed Halibut were fantastic) The Bad: We expected a relaxed time with unforgettable food from Chef Bobby. 3 minutes after placing our order our appetizers (Charred Tomato and Roasted Octopus) arrived (Pre-made I wonder?). 1 minute later our taste 3 arrived ( Artichoke Heart, 11 Layer Potato and Lamb Tenderloin) Don't bother, def not shareable. We now had 5 dishes on our table in 5 minutes! The next seating use have been waiting. Space it out a bit Bobby. Wine was reasonable. Bottom line complex flavours, food itself did not disappoint. I would skip the pick 3 and lower your Gato expectations. $250 and 45 min later we left with mixed feelings"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Had to schedule my res for 4 people way in advance but our first experience at Gato was a good one. The bar food is tasty – small plates, so if you are a group double up so everyone can taste. Apps were solid, the spreads tasty. You get a lot of flavor in some very small bites. Everyone in our group enjoyed the entrees and dessert as well. Cocktails are just ok... compared to the assertive flavors in the food they come off a beat weak. Especially like the eleven layer potato, chorizo crepenette, scrambled eggs, steamed halibut and chocolate crema."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "DEFINITELY try the bar menu- 3 items for $17. Each bar item is about 4-5 bites, so it's good to share among 2 people. We got the eggplant, 11 layered potato, and mussel & razor clam salad. Loved them, esp the eggplant & potato. We also got the lamb sausage pizza appetizer. I don't usually like lamb, but it was delicious (a bit spicy too which I love!). Quite big for just 2 tho, so we were full even before our entrees. I got the paella, but found the kale to be a little bitter, and the dish was too salty for me. BF got the pork which was huge but very tasty. We ordered a half bottle of wine- if we had skipped, it would have been a very reasonable price for the meal. Ambiance was a bit dark & AC was turned up high..glad I brought a cardigan!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "start with the bar trio of appetizers. we loved the burrata and beets, the eggplant with manchego and balsamic and the mussels and razor clam salad. we also opted to share 6 of the appetizer portions for our main meal - it was too much, i would recommend you get no more than 2 per person if you go this route. MUST try dishes include: the scrambled eggs with confit toast (amazing!!), the tortiglioni pasta - again with eggplant, and the roasted cauliflower. we also had the pizza with goat cheese (good but not an essential) and charred carrots - delicious but i think the cauliflower is more exceptional."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My husband and I were in NYC for our anniversary and went to Bobby Flay's restaurant Gato. The food and service were excellent. The atmosphere was very nice, but was a bit dark for me. I had the tapas type meals which were 3 for $17 and our server recommended the burrata cheese, potato layer and eggplant. They were all delicious. My husband had the Gato salad and the pizza with goat cheese and he loved them both. The food prices were pretty reasonable for the quality. I had two glasses of wine for $28 which is not over the top, but not cheap either. They had quite an extensive wine list. I would definitely go back if ever in NYC again."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My husband, myself and our three daughters (in their twenties) loved Gato! We had a late reservation on a Sunday night, were taken immediately to our table, and had a fabulous evening. Our waiter was excellent. We had Spanish wine, grilled octopus (best I've ever had), vegetable paella, lamb, and incredible desserts. Ambiance was great, waitstaff truly excellent. Will definitely go back to try the rest of the menu!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Excellent sommelier in matthew. We wish him luck in his upcoming sommelier pursuits. Flavours were very intricate. How can octopus be that tender yum! Desserts were out of this world - we love the pastry chef"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Highlights were the lamib tenderloin, mussel + razor clam off the bar menu. Roasted octopus was great. Charred beef and pork chop were also great. The 11 layer potato was solid, wished it was a little more crucnchy, or cheesy or something though...Roasted shrimp were fine, nothing unique. Cheesecake for dessert was delicious. We'd go back, try some new stuff."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "start to finish food was spectacular. bold flavors, good service, reasonably priced wine list. definitely go here, it was a real winner."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I'm not sure where to begin. We went to celebrate a birthday and each person at our table of 5 started with the pick 3 from the bar menu. There were a variety of selections and each person loved every bight. As an entree I had the beef, which was incredible. I also snared bites of the pork porterhouse, which was equally good. Dessert was great and the complimentary glass of Sherry was a nice touch. Don't pass on the biscotti. Seriously."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Wow!! Absolutely amazing food!!! Service was friendly and attentive. Order the bar bites (even at your table) – everything had such huge flavor packed in every bite! Rabbit was savory comfort food and the squid ink pasta with prawns was delicious! Perfect portions as well. Cocktails were great & decent wine selection. Even though I had to book a month in advance, I will definitely be back!zing food!!! Service was friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Good food, good ambience, friendly servers. Delicious whiskey sours! Too bad they jumped on the unisex bathroom bandwagon - ick."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food is excellent and the server was able to describe each dish very well."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "You might not be going out to dinner thinking about eating scrambled eggs as a starter. However, they came heavily recommended by our server and we're glad we took his advice, they were amazing. The roasted octopus was also top notch. My only negative about the experience were the meatheads around us in way too casual attire for the restaurant who were cussing and discussing their more than likely exaggerated sexual exploits in graphic detail. I was very glad when these Jersey Shore wannabees left so we could enjoy the last part of our mealin comfort."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "From the bar menu, we had the lamb, the potato, and the mussel & clam salad. The lamb was tender, the potato was rich, and the salad was bright and acidic. For an appetizer, we had the scrambled eggs with peppers, almonds, and cheese. It was rich, gooey, and cheesey with a crunch from the almonds. For mains, my wife had an appetizer portion of the crab risotto which was perfectly cooked, creamy, and packed with crab. I had the Tarragon chicken with potatoes and baby carrots. The potatoes have a blue cheese punch and the chicken is... Awesome! We split the agridolce cauliflower with peppers. It was a high point in a great meal. For dessert, we had the blackberry rhubarb tart. The pastry was perfect and the tart fruit hit the spot."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food is way too salty. Noise level is deafening. Not worth the trip downtown,"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I've had the pleasure of dining at several of Flay's Manhattan restaurants over the years but this one definitely stood out. The meal was absolutely sublime. From the bar bites, including an eleven-layer potato, to the innovative entrees, the kale paella was a revelation and the scrambled eggs - SUBLIME! And the Charred Beef Valdeon changed my LIFE! I will definitely be going back - and SOON."
    Dined on 7/9/2014