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About Cata

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.

245 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Stanton St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 505-2282

Website:
http://www.catarestaurant.com/

Public Transit:
We are located 1 block south of the 2nd Ave stop on the F line.

Executive Chef:
Larry Baldwin

Additional:
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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (7)
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Hot Spot (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
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People Watching (3)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Great oysters

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Even with a reservation we waited over a half hour. They didn’t seem to know how to handle Saturday nights very long waits

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Loved it. Yummy food. Great ambience and location. They were really busy that night yet the service was on point which speaks volumes on professionalism. We went with guests in town but would easily go just as a couple too. Will most definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for NYE and the food and service were incredible! Loved the jamón!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Pricey for what it was. Service very lax and not super friendly. No tabasco sauce or cocktail sauce when requested for raw oysters. Weird. A restaurant without any hot sauce

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food taste , excelent presentation, good ambience

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Good Small plates, a bit pricey

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Tapas style, most dishes were great, some were a bit off the mark. Paella was amazing! Cool decor inside

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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great G&Ts ... great tapas ... great service. Thanks so much, Cata!

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great place with a good ambiance and delicious tapas. We really enjoyed our dinner here! Tables are not too close to eachother.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Tapas
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Very slow service
Some dishes arrived after we even forgot that we ordered them .. about an hour afterwards

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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!

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 (London)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Tapas, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, People Watching, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Chicken wings on top of paella? We were all taken aback by that..

Besides that, it was a nice place for a group of 7 to share a bunch of plates.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Paella was surprisingly good @ $26 for 2-a good value. Pan con tomate, recommended by server was the best with fresh crushed tomatoes served separately. Interesting gin & tonic menu-we tried the orange basil. Looking forward to a return visit.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food atmosphere and service was amazing. Great all around experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Servers were gracious and nice. Waitress was very forgetful or preoccupied. Food was tasty and atmosphere was fun.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Best place I've been in a while. Food was fantastic. Ambiance was young and fun.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great gin cocktails. The ambiance is warm and comfortable. suitable for large groups. I would increase the portion on some of the tapas.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food and service were amazing, music was awful and didn't seem to match a tapas restaurant in the LES.... was very catered toward top 40 mainstream with a hint of Bon Iver and the like. Would be a much better place if you change the tunes!!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I have been to Cata last year, twice and the food was extraordinary. Unfortunately this is no longer the case. Signature dishes were no longer served, I would not go back again

Service and wine list are still excellent

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This is a hotspot, very aesthetically pleasing inside, dim lights, and great for a group of friends or a date. The food is alright, but the vibrant atmosphere makes up for it!

Tags: People Watching, Scenic View, Tapas, Romantic, Healthy, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 10, 2017

It was a little hot, not sure if the AC was broken but the food was great. Super fun for a large group that wants to try a little bit of everything!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Fun
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Loved it! Food was delicious

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Decent place but nothing special about food. There are plenty options in NYC and I did not get impressed with this one

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Cata is one of my favorite restaurants. I love the cozy atmosphere and the food is absolutely delicious. The gin and tonic menu changed my mind about gin, I am now a big fan. The service is warm, friendly and considerate.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Cozy
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Cata is a great restaurant and I'd definitely go back there again. It's perfect for birthdays and everything from the service, food and drinks was excellent. It's one of the best tapas places I've been to in the city and I'd recommend Cata to anyone.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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