Gato

4.7
2633 reviews
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$50 and over
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Mediterranean
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean
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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
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Phone number
(212) 334-6400
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Bobby Flay
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bleecker St and Houston St
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Parking details
Street Parking:
Mulberry St. bet Bleecker St and Houston St
East Houston bet. Mulberry St and Mott St
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Public transit
B, D F & M: To Broadway-Lafayette
6 to Bleecker Street -
N, R to Prince Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.8

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

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
Reviews from verified diners
2,633 reviews
4.7 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
76%
Very Good
19%
Good
3%
Fair
1%
Poor
1%
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My daughters’ first time in nyc, and we went to Gato post matinee show. Our server was attentive but never annoying. We were there early before the Saturday night crowds, so he could go over the menu thoroughly while making suggestions. I had the saffron linguine, and my husband had the rabbit. We both nearly licked our plates, but that would be frowned upon. The mussels rivaled fresh mussels I had in France. My daughters had a pizza the pizza with tomato that had a smoky and savory taste that had a hint of sweetness for a home run combination. Go to this restaurant.

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JK
New York Area
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love pretty much everything I've tried at this restaurant. The scrambled egg appetizer is amazing and their best selling dish paella is spectacular. The rabbit dish is consistently great as well. Tried the pork chop for the first time and it was by far the best pork chop I've ever tried, very juicy and full of flavor. It does get booked out on weekend nights and gets quite noisy but overall ambience is nice.

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TJ
San Francisco
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took our 15 year old granddaughter to dinner while she has been training at a ballet academy in New York, we all loved the dinner at Gatos

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the BAR Treats so we could try a variety of appetizers!

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DH
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was wonderful! My husband and I shared several dishes and our favorites included the octopus, squid ink pasta (YUM), and scrambled egg dishes. I don't typically like scrambled eggs, but the waiter suggested it and that it isn't your typical scrambled egg.. and boy, was he right! Drinks and dessert were great too. Great service - our server Darren had great suggestions and was always on point!

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b
New York Area
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar and got great and unrushed service. All the food was packed with flavor and excellently executed. Bravo to Bobby Flay and his very professional and welcoming team.

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NH
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Some of the best we've had in NYC (incl. fancier restaurants where prices are higher). Really, really flavours.

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SL
San Francisco
3.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

First let me say that the food was so great at Gato and it is the only reason I am leaving this review. The service is completely outrageous: the staff here does not understand what customer service means. We had put in a special seating request in our opentable reservation notes and I asked the restaurant when they called to confirm the reservations. However they completely ignored the notes and request, and were absolutely rude (very rude to paying customers!) when we insisted to have our request respected because it was important for our dining experience. The rudest staff was in fact the manager and if this my restaurant I would absolutely fire this person for speaking to my customers in that manner and for ruining the reputation of my restaurant. She needs to take a lesson in hospitality. We travel and eat around the world, but never have I experienced a more rude hosting staff. Again the food is great and it is a shame that the service is not living up to the same level.

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MC
Los Angeles
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Everything was delicious and awesome service.

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RB
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to Gata, last minute, pre-theater, nonethless had a fabulous dinner, presented beautifully and within our timeframe. Exquisite preparation and service, wonderful flavors, lovely presentation of the dishes. We had a great time there with a great server in charge and will definitely return soon.

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L
New York Area
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Gato was delicious and having Bobby take the time to take a picture with us just made the evening even more memorable. Can’t wait to go back!

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NA
New York Area
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our Birthdays/ Anniversary at Gato. The sommelier was very knowledgeable and helped us pick a great bottle of wine to go with dinner. I’m a vegetarian and had a hard time making a decision because I had so many options! My husband and I loved every part of dinner. Atmosphere was great for a night out n

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r
New York Area
3.0Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Portions are way too small, it’s ridiculous

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner celebrating a friends birthday. Great food and good service.

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CB
4.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food, cocktails and ambiance are wonderful, and the service is friendly. The entree portions, while exceptionally tasty, are somewhat small. The prices of the entrees, which are on the high side, can only be justified by the quality of the taste of the food, not the quantity of the food on the plate.

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C
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my wife to Gato to celebrate her birthday and her anticipated cancer surgery to finally remove her last bit of cancer. Rebecca Geggatt made our visit so memorable that I can't say enough her sister and family surprised my wife and they gladly accommodated a table for us all besides providing a birthday pizza extra apps and dessert. My wife adores Bobby Flay and just being there in his space made her so happy to celebrate there. Thank you Rebecca for your hospitality.

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A
Hawaii
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Came on recommendation and I have enjoyed many of bobby flays other restaurants. Flavors were delicious as expected but portion sizes were so small for the price. I realize that it’s a tapas place but spending as much as we did and still be hungry after is just not cool. I have eaten at plenty of tapas places and been more than satisfied. I don’t mind spending money but this was just not up to par. Also, the waitress was less than friendly but did her job fine. Overall, nothing to write home about. There are better places to visit in the city.

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JC
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!!! Phenomenal food and service!

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R
Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Work in city wanted to try a Bobby Flay place without fuss. The little bites did not disappoint. Looked for recommendations on wine and the manager was excellent and knowledgeable in his selection of perfect choice according to out preferences They are small, just a bite, but the lamb was truly exquisite My husband had mussels linguine and enjoyed it while my wild mushroom pizza was fresh full of earthy goodness and topped with truffle oil and feta making a light but satisfying entree. Cheesecake w strawberries was light not cloying sweet as some can be. Great casual but charming atmosphere Def recommend.

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BC
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best octopus I've ever had. The $41 beef entree was three tenderloins that came out a little tough. Cocktails were good but not breathtaking. Service was excellent. Overall, I would recommend for night out if you can afford. Relatively light meal cost us around $150.

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OT
Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made this our first stop upon arriving into town from Washington, DC (made reservations a month in advance). The two of us really enjoyed a marvelous meal and the warm ambiance of this fantastic establishment. We opted to start with a drink at the bar (which has a great energy) and then enjoyed terrific food and service from our table, highly recommended!

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool space. Very well appointed furnishings, lighting, etc. attentive, friendly staff. Excellent, creative food in the proper proportion. Easy to navigate around a vegetarian diet. Nice wine choices and excellent coffee!

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Z
2.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Let me start with the positive. Staff is very attentive, quick service, not noisy. Negatives - The food is very expensive and not tasty, the appetizers are ridiculously small and overpriced. Was not worth the value. Will not return or recommend

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OT
Denver
3.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Was not impressed with the food. Probably wouldn’t visit again or recommend

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SC
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything we tried and our waiter, James, was outstanding as well.

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MM
Chicago
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great flavorful food. Small plates. Our server Derek was exceptional. Front desk needs to be more professional and accommodating to guests with reservations.

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CH
Philadelphia
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All of the dishes were extremely flavorful. Highly recommend the flatbread pizzas and the charred beef.

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A
New York Area
2.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Would not choose to return - unmemorable to poor food, slow service, noisy table.

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J
Memphis
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and quality of food.
Relaxed atmosphere & good cocktails 🍸

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MR
San Francisco
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gato was amazing! Everything was delicious and talked about for days afterward! The fresh ricotta w/ broccoli rabe pesto was unbelievably creamy and I would have eaten it with a spoon if it didn't also come with that amazing house baked focaccia. My mother had the tortiglioni and enjoyed it, and my black fettuccini was also delicious + the Nacho cocktail. We finished off with the espresso soaked bread pudding which was so soft and creamy it was like a custard! Our servers were also very polite and helpful. Looking forward to returning on another visit to NYC!

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LB
Philadelphia
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Plates were very small but super delicious! It is definitely a special occasion place when you want to splurge.

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b
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

there's something here for everyone. lively bar scene, casual dining in bar area; more ambient in back of restaurant, where you can actually hold a conversation. excellent service and accommodating staff. was seated in bar area, but asked to be moved to quieter part of the restaurant. while waiting ordered cocktails, which arrived just as we were moved. great timing, excellent management response. food was excellent; serving staff smart, efficient and friendly. rabbit excellent. would return.

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D
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. We felt the portions were small compared to the price. No bread was offered ..and maybe could have overlooked the small portion for some bread.

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JV
New York Area
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The halibut was excellent, the Panna cotta to die for.
Our server was friendly and attentive.
Have been here before and it is consistently good.
A little noisy though as we sat near the bar.
I would highly recommend Gato.

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MS
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. The food and the beverages were outstanding. The staff were all genuinely friendly and interested in making our experience a memorable occasion. We had high expectations and they were definately met.

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HD
2.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately I was very dissatisfied with the service and my meal. They got my order wrong. They also got my wife’s wrong. We didn’t want to be complainers so we just ate it. I had the charred beef which had an overall good taste; just over cooked. My wife had the pork chop which was very mildly flavored. We had 2 signature drinks that were pretty good but then my wife ordered a pear martini which tasted nothing like pear. What made things worse is that the couple next to us was given complimentary port and biscotti and we were just given our check and not offered anything. We spent just about $200 and left feeling cheated, disappointed, and unsatisfied.

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OT
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal! Everything was perfection. Mr Flay certainly knows what he’s doing!

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J
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bobby Flay's cuisine rules. It's great to know that he still has it, even after his three other establishments (Bolo, Mesa Grill, Bar Americain) are all gone. His take on the Mediterranean-style dishes does not disappoint. I could have licked the plates clean!

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PN
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites and once again didn’t disappoint in any way!

A must go for quite frankly an reason you can think of!!

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OT
San Francisco
3.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Food good. Octopus delicious. Atmosphere great. I sat at the bar and service was very average.

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