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Cata is a modern tapas restaurant with an emphasis on Spanish cuisine as seen through a NYC lens. We specialize in Gin & Tonics featuring an extensive list paired with seasonal garnishes. We also offer an approachable European-centric wine list as well as classic cocktails. The restaurant has a more rustic/taberna feel in the bar dining area with high top communal-style tables, whereas there is more traditional seating in our other dining room.
New York, NY 10002
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am
Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We are located 1 block south of the 2nd Ave stop on the F line.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cata Ratings and Reviews
Manager Mike is very rude. Asked us out - a group of 10 guests - after 2 hours because he had another reservation (poor planning if you have a large group dining). And then with much attitude refused multiple cards. It’s not about the fact that the restaurant may not process multiple cards - I understand the technical constraints - but about the rough attitude with which he handled the situation. He should not be working in hospitality or client service.
It was my second time at Cata - first time was great. This time, food and atmosphere were great - server was unfortunately not. She totally ignored our request (at the time of ordering) to space out the dishes a bit. We were on a date and dinner was our only plan for the evening, so we weren't trying to get in and out in a half hour. Within literally 5 minutes of ordering, 4 out of our 6 dishes were on the table and the other two were close behind. We either had to wolf down the food right away or eat it cold. When we asked her to slow it down, she seemed annoyed and confused. Sort of an odd experience for a place that specializes in small plates. It makes me think twice before recommending the spot to someone new.
The food was lovely, the ambiance was fun/cozy, but the service wasn’t so great. It took a long time for our drinks to come along with our meals and checks. We also ordered oysters and Cata didn’t have cocktail sauce, horse radish, or hot sauce and for our table this was quite a disappointment.
Very decent Spanish fusion tapas place. We had chicken croquetas, garlic herds prawn, chicken liver, stuffed squid, pancetta flatbread, pork belly and Brussels sprouts. Then finished off with duck paella, and a broccoli rabe on the side.
Everything was delicious beside broccoli rabe (too much vinegar for my taste) and pork belly (really chewy not tender).
I really like the Brussels sprouts with creme fraiche and the duck paella with foie gras, will definitely come back again!
My wife and I went to Cata for our anniversary. It's not exactly a private seating arrangement, but the service and the food make you forget about the rest of the restaurant anyway, it is fantastic! We loved every minute we were there and we plan on returning in the near future. I would definitely recommend this place to friends. Their small Paella with 3 other tapas will do as a dinner, and the tinto de verano is a must.
Everything we ordered was great! The octopus was amazing as was the fried goat cheese. We were adventurous and tried the hot Italian peppers. We were unlucky and got a really spicy one. Luckily we got this after our other plates. If you order this be careful because if you get a hot one it could ruin your appetite. My friends and I are huge spicy fans and if we had gotten this any sooner in the meal we would have not been able to have more. We did get a non spicy pepper on our plate too and it was great but it is a gamble with this dish.
Loved the decor and vibe inside the restaurant. The cocktails were very nice too!
The restaurant itself (i.e. the decor, design) is lovely. However, our table was notably disappointed with the apathetic servers and the very meagerly portioned - but not exactly cheap - tapas dishes that were brought out to us. They couldn't even locate our reservation when we arrived. I doubt I would go here again.
Visited my son and his girlfriend in New York. We decided to eat here. Great choice! The gin cocktails were delicious! We had many tapas. The stand outs were the clams, the orecchiette with rabbit sausage, the carrots, Brussel sprouts, and the ice cream sundae dessert. But, everything was great. Except the chairs are very uncomfortable! However, I would go back again in a New York minute!
lively atmosphere and excellent food, but plates are quite small and fairly expensive considering the small amount of food. you will leave hungry and your wallet, lighter. The large paella for $65 was excellent, but not much food considering the price. no pitchers of anything and no sangria, so with drinks at $15/person, it adds up.
My boyfriend and I found Cata for a "birthday date" while on vacation for the weekend in NYC, and we loved it! A little pricier than we usually go, but absolutely worth it. The gin and tonics we tried (ginger and mint for myself and him, respectively) were delicious, and we loved all the food we tried. Definitely order the rabbit sausage orecchiette and the mushrooms a la plancha.
Tasty and inventive dishes, albeit a bit uneven... Stuffed squid, Brussels and Barata were particularly excellent. Service could have been better - once the place got busy, I felt pretty ignored by our waitress, and it took some effort to flag someone down to get a bill.
We had a very nice meal despite having trouble hearing one another. The acoustics were poor however the food was quite good. Starting with Shrimp ajillo and golden carrots - they were delicious along with the scallops. The paella was excellent too. The wine list was thoughtful and and service was terrific.
Cata was a nice place to meet up with my friend and catch up; the ambiance is great, and it is definitely the kind of place where you can sit for hours over a few glasses of wine. The food was just okay - of the dishes we ordered, my favorite was the mushrooms.
We wanted to have tapas on our visit to NYC. The restaurant was pretty with a historic / industrial decor. The food was meh. There wasn't really any dish that would be memorable. The brussel sprouts were really way too rich with creme fresh generously poured over the entire dish. We waited a while for the paella - the shrimp was overcooked, the rice were burnt. The lamb was nice, the wine was nice, & the broccolini was way too salty. But we were grateful to experience off the beaten path.
I had a wonderful experience with CATA. You have to understand I'm a foodie and when you can seduce my senses on lamb meatballs and baked oysters and find myself drunk of my taste-buds that is what you will find at Cata. I managed to meet a friend there early at 6pm and we were the first ones there on a Wednesday. As we ordered people started to fill in and my friend noticed I was the only guy as it wa s joke on her end. Unique experience. Our waitress was happy but not overpowering and very attentive as well as the serving staff. Humble and sweet. The food and wine were amazing. The best was charcuterie which was so delicate and delicious. The oysters were fresh and garlic butter if you are into that rich flavor. All in all romantic and a pleasure to be awarded such an experience. Hat's off to their Chef.
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