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Gato will remind you why Bobby Flay became famous in the first place - because he can cook.

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About Gato

GATO is Chef Bobby Flay's expression of Mediterranean food, drink, and design. The NoHo location is a 100-year-old building, and GATO is the first restaurant to reside there. GATO combines its NYC roots with a European sensibility and has a casual approach, a bustling environment, and a dedicated passion to its cuisine. The name GATO was inspired by a mysterious orange cat that walked through Mr. Flay's feet on Lafayette Street while he was waiting for a real estate broker to show him the space for the first time. The cat has not been seen since, but his initial appearance has made a permanent impression.

GATO is owned by Bobby Flay and Laurence Kretchmer who previously owned the Spanish restaurant, BOLO, together for 15 years. BOLO met an unfortunate demise when its building was torn down to make way for a new development. The partners vowed to revive the spirit of BOLO. They are thrilled to launch GATO as its next renewal.

324 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10012
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Gato's bar opens at 5pm Mon - Thurs; 4:30pm Fri - Sun

Cross Street:
Bleecker St and Houston St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 334-6400

Website:
http://www.gatonyc.com/

Parking Details:
Street Parking:
Mulberry St. bet Bleecker St and Houston St
East Houston bet. Mulberry St and Mott St

Public Transit:
B, D F & M: To Broadway-Lafayette
6 to Bleecker Street -
N, R to Prince Street

Executive Chef:
Bobby Flay

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Gato Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (99)
Good for a Date (93)
Fit for Foodies (90)
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Special Occasion (79)
Fun (67)
Good for Birthdays (60)
Hot Spot (60)
Bar Seating (59)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Vibrant Bar Scene (46)
Handcrafted Cocktails (45)
Casual (40)
Good for Groups (38)
Tapas (35)
Authentic (35)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Notable Wine List (34)
Romantic (34)
Worth the Drive (32)
People Watching (31)
Business Meals (26)
Tasting Menu (25)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Cozy (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Late-night Find (16)
Happy Hour (15)
Healthy (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Comfort Food (11)
Seasonal (11)
Great for Lunch (8)
Spicy (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Organic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Live Music (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food, service. Great vibe in restaurant. Ant wait to come back

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Drinks arrived after starter. No bread until we asked. Bench chairs are significantly lower than opposing chairs making it seem like I was so much lower than my husband who was opposite. Restaurant was cool and had to put a jacket on. Apparently creme brûlée Catalonian style is a burnt sugar top but perhaps this should be mentioned in the dessert description as to us it just tasted burnt.

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·Dined 3 days ago

My date and I had an exceptional time. The food was amazing as expected.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fun, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 3 days ago

This was my first time going to Gato. I was eager to go for a while now and boy the wait was sooo worth it. Absolutely love the food, the service and the ambiance. Overall it was a great experience and definitely will recommend this restaurant to everyone I know. Keep up with the great service and delicious intriquite food. Great job by management and the rest of the staff...Bravo!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (Montreal)·Dined 5 days ago

Our waitress was Emma and she was amazing. Very knowledgeable of the menu and her suggestions were spot on. My family and i enjoyed the ambiance, service and Food. I will be back again. Thank you for a memorable evening.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing!!! Can’t wait to go back!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 5 days ago

My husband and I were visiting from Louisiana. If he'd said ok I'd have gone back to eat the next night. Food was great!!!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Late-night Find
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 (México)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a great dinner at Gato last Saturday. The service was excellent, very interesting dishes on the menu and terrific taste. Besides the ambiance of the restaurant is very good. It was definitely one of the best meals I have had in a long time. Strongly recommend for a good dinner with friends or to bring your date!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined 5 days ago

Visited Gato for the second time in one month and it did not disappoint! Brought friends visiting from out of town & immediately felt the NYC energy upon walking in. They loved the interiors and feel of the restaurant. Bar tender was quick to serve us and roll drinks into dinner tab. And the food was delicious - the octopus and paella were standouts as were the cauliflower and acorn squash -but really it was ALL delicious!!! One little issue - it can be pretty loud (conversation from a packed place) at the height of evening dinner service. We had a 9:30 Sat night rez & it was def noticeable. Hate to even complain as it was such a yummy and great night but just want other guests to know :-)

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was the best.....most AMAZING dinner ever!
The Pasta dish I had was Absolutely insane!
The small plate idea is Genius......not to mention the ambiance, service, quality, staff and variety of choices that will leave you coming back for more.

Already planning my next visit with friends!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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·Dined 6 days ago

AMAZING!!!!!!! The food was exceptional, staff very friendly and welcoming, and the atmosphere was high end but comfortable. thank you so much!

Tags: Healthy, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely outstanding meal from beginning to end. We’re still talking about it. Staff was excellent. I’m telling everyone I can to go.

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful experience! We've lived in NYC for 5 years, finally made it here on a night away from the kiddo. Lives up to the hype, and well worth booking ahead. The scrambled eggs are life changing, a must-have. The shrimp, gato spreads, and eggplant shared plates are all incredible. You won't be disappointed, basically no matter what you get.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

From the bartenders to servers, the experience was outstanding. Great attitudes and knowledge of every menu item. Great vibe and energy

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

A fun vibe with nice menu, excellent wine and beer lists.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The menu read well, but the execution was not solid. The restaurant came highly recommended and obviously the chefs reputation set the bar high.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The best part about the meal is the small plates you order first and share. They are like little tiny entrees. So creative and delicious it’s almost like Christmas when they arrive at your table. A lovely glowing space where everyone looks good! The service is first class and the staff is knowledgeable and, most importantly, kind. One of my favorite places to dine.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great evening out. Unique tastes and great casual settIng for a special occasion. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and service, will come back for sure!! We had octopus and scrambled eggs for the appetitizers and beef and rabbit for main course. All food was to die for!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Just too darn loud for us. Great Spanish wine list. Food was very good but not really memorable. Great service with my son's picky eating.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Loved everything about this place!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Gato was amazing! Went for a birthday dinner, we had high expectations to start, and honestly the food exceeded them. Great service and drinks as well. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

2nd at Gato the first time we sat at table for dinner it was just ok this time we sat at bar for dinner it was great. The service the food and the atmosphere were all great I will definitely be going back sit at the bar is my recommendation

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Eaten here several times. Always spectacular

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

As someone who spontaneously binges on the Food Network every now and then, my go-to shows are Chopped and... Beat Bobby Flay. You get the sense that while not many people are really fans of the guy's personality, there's no denying he can actually cook. So I figured... why not try one of his restaurants in NYC?

Reserving on Opentable was easy and the staff called a day before to confirm. The space is quite nice, not too ornate to the point of feeling stuffy, but still possessing a pleasant ambiance.

The food definitely did not disappoint. The roasted octopus appetizer had an amazing consistency which I have never experienced before. From the get-go one can tell that the dishes are meant to be enjoyed as a "holistic" experience - in the sense that the tastiest bite is one which comprises everything on the plate. The appetizer sizing was more on the small side but quality over quantity suited us just fine.

This carried over to the entree - the porterhouse pork chop was cooked to perfection - again, combining it with the accompanying polenta and tomato sauce really took it over the top. Our waiter recommended the squash as an accompanying vegetable, I'm not sure if he predicted how well it would pair but the result was really fantastic. The portion was also very well sized for an entree.

Even after consuming that much food, it was not up for debate whether we'd try dessert. I have to say that the apple tart (maybe they called it a crostada) with allspice ice cream was just PHENOMENAL. Even my girlfriend who usually will not touch apples had to admit as such. All in all, a wonderful meal - would definitely recommend Gato to anyone in NYC.

Final note: the wait staff were excellent. Case in point, we had to wait a bit for a cocktail, and they took the charge off the bill to compensate, which was completely unexpected but still a much appreciated gesture.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Kitchen was so slow
Appetizers took 45 minutes-we nearly finished our bottle of wine

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great tapas and wonderful selection of very delicious dishes.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Consistently great! Wonderful, creative food choices and amazing wines by the glass or bottle. Their Bar “Trio” appetizer choices are inventive and surprising. Who could ask for more?

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food and service were excellent. The ambiance and decor are great, but the noise level can be high. Overall I would recommend and go back often!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great experience and food overall that are worth 5-stars. However, there are a couple tables/chairs that could put you in a walkway to get hit. I would ask to sit in a more spacious part of the restaurant if you can help it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great time, went for daughters 16th bday and first visit to nyc. Definitely a highlight of our trip.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We dined at Gato with a dear friend visiting from Italy--where the food isn't too shabby (lol) but we and he wanted to experience something amazing. Based on what we'd heard about Gato, we snagged the very non-hip early dinner reservation and were nothing but thrilled with everything that followed. Food -- amazing with flavors and freshness that satisfied and tantalized. Service -- lovely, professional and welcoming from the moment we arrived through dinner. This staff is wonderful in every way! My only regret is that we were too delighted with each dish to take time to photo and Instagram. Next time! We want to make Gato our regular place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The service at Gato is awesome. Our server has always been terrific and the food is consistently delicious.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The best meal we had in NY. Fantastic food and great ambience.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Food and service were outstanding! Cannot wait to go back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Amazing flavours and the service was second to none! Highly recommend trying the Bar appetizers. So many options of deliciousness!

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

Fun and sexy vibes at this hot spot with delicious bites and drinks

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food was great! Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable. Fun evening!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Fantastic food and wonderful service. Highly recommend the charred beef and scrambled eggs. Don't shy away from dessert; worth savouring!

Tags: Seasonal, Disabled Access, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Definitely 'thumbs-up' and recommendation from our side.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Comfort Food
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