Gato

4.7
2978 reviews
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Mediterranean
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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

This Valentine's Day we will be offering a Four Course Prix Fixe menu for $125 per person. We require a credit card number to secure all reservations. Cancellation of these reservations made later than 48 hours in advance will be subject to a fee of $50 per person. We look forward to welcoming you!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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.
What 2978 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Spanish food. In my opinion, they have to be careful to not keep adding typical non-Spanish dishes. It messes with the theme and strengths of the restaurant.

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GW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff went above and beyond to make last minute birthday accommodations. It was perfect

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DD
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We return many times, recommend and bring friends. The food and service are usually top notch and create a wonderful dining experience. My one criticism and for me as a coffee afficionado, it is a big one- the coffee was awful. It was stale, tasteless and temerature was warm not hot. This is not in keeping with Gato's high standards. I hope you correct this and put as much energy into serving satisfying coffee as you do the rest of your delicious cuisine.

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MN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wouldn’t go here for a first date, but it’s a fantastic restaurant to go with someone you have been seeing for a while. Great ambiance and amazing food.

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TN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent. The hostess and bar staff were very pleasant and attentive. I loved our drinks, especially the Jimmie, it was delightful. Our waiter was Stephen and I would say he wasn’t all that pleasant, kinda snooty and seem to judge us southern girls during our entire dinner. I would say if we had a better waiter I would have rated the service much better. I usually tip 20% for good service and that is why he only got 15%. Out of the bar food/small plates selection we had the Burrata, 12 layer potatoes and pork belly all of which were amazing. The paella, the beef, chicken and pork chop were all exceptional.

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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I read mixed reviews before deciding to go. I wish I listened to the negative ones. Seriously was not very good. I am perplexed by all the great accolades. Maybe you have to order specific dishes but to me, at a restaurant like this, EVERYTHING should be stellar. As another reviewer put so succinctly
Gato sucks.

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RR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is excellent, don’t miss the tagliolini with mussels!
We had to wait over 40 minutes to be seated but the manager offered us the wine to apologize for the long wait.
I would definitely recommend it if you are looking for a fancy restaurant with excellent food

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated my birthday here last week with my close family members. They had a little mishap with the reservation & a surprise that got out, so the staff more than made up for the mistake with amazing service & checking back on us through the night, plus a few comp apps & dessert - which was quite generous of them. The food was amazing & I highly recommended the restaurant to friends & coworkers the next day. We shared the bar trio of burrata, eggplant & lamb. Then had the octopus app & scrambled eggs. I had the charred beef which was delicious (though very lightly overcooked for the medium rare I asked for...maybe as for medium if you like steaks pink!) The table also shared crispy potatoes & brussel sprouts on the side, both yummy. The ambiance was nice, beautiful decor, and the high cielings helped cancel out the noise so we could actually hear each other talking! The service was great & kind staff so I'd definitely return. Perfect place for a nice dinner, special event or date night. The only thing missing was meeting Bobby himself!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner date with Sis..

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RR
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful meal! Friendly & attentive staff. Outstanding meal!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was amazing, food was SO delicious! My only complaint is that the portions are way too small!!

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L
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

My third time here. Our server was nice but too busy to do his job properly. 15 minutes to take our drink orders, and after 45 minutes I got up to ask for bread.
My appetizer was served room temperature, but the others were delicious...especially surprised by the scrambled eggs.
The food was very good. I’m a big Bobby Flay fan so I’ll give it another try.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Start to finish excellent. Amazing food, immaculate service!!!

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both excellent!

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FH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good and every item we had was exceptional. The best meal we had while in NYC and Gato had some great competition.

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d
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked for New Year Day and it was a great choice. We went with friends so there were 4 of us! A fairly low key evening at Gato so the hostess was kind enough to seat the four of us in a booth..as she stated, "on a normal night I could not do this but we are not crazy this evening so it will be ok". We ordered many share dishes and all were fantastic. The ricotta, the truffle pizza and the pita spreads were great! then we ordered our meals and my girlfriend and I shared the kale and rice paella...WOW!!! excellent and the crispy potatoes..out of this world!! We did not have dessert..too full:) but bet it was delicious as well. Our waiter was great..even spent the time trying to find the right cocktail for me....we ended up with tequila with a little lemon juice..not too sweet not too sour! We lovingly named it "Tequila Sunshine"!!..
Bobby Flay, you hit the mark! We will be back!!!

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SF
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went in for a low key New Year’s dinner. The food was very tasty and servers knew what they were doing! Will be going back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 4th time at Gato. We always try to eat there when we’re in NYC. As usual, the food was amazing! The only disappointment was not catching a glimpse of Bobby Flay. The waiters/bartenders tell us that “he’s here all the time”, but we somehow always miss him. ☹️

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Thank gato there was a pancho cart afuera del restaurante.

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal you will ever have. Spectacular service. Unbelievable tasting menu. Waiters will point you in the right direction. Unbelievable experience.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation

It was perfect!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner we ever had! Perfect from appetizers to dessert. Service was excellent too. Can’t wait to return.

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AM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Very overpriced wine list. I have ordered the black linguini with squids and shrimp. No joke, I had 1 pc of squid size of a penny!!! and 2 pc of shrimp over a very small amount of pasta. I am not a big eater but we had to order a pizza too to feel that we have something in our stomach. The waiters messed up the tables and they gave our orders to the table next to us. They did not have the dessert we ordered (which is very unusual from a $$ restaurant!) that would normally come with vanilla ice cream so we just ordered 1 scoop of ice cream and that was the tiniest scoop ever for 4$. Very expensive and we left still kind of hungry. The enterior was nice. That is the only pros.

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KC
Shreveport
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of your favorites in NYC! We received excellent service from the waitress who was gracious when we accidentally ordered something wrong. Also received complimentary sherry to go with dessert which was the icing on the cake! Definitely recommend for good tapas and service!

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ND
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting the city, we went on date night to Gato. We came because we're huge fans of Bobby Flay, but I'm happy to say we were more than impressed by the experience. Everything from the ambience and architecture to the food was excellent. The food was sublime, and I don't use that lightly. Even the bathrooms were beautiful and well thought-through as part of the whole experience. I would absolutely return.

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DK
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Highlights include excellent wine and advice from sommelier; great appetizers and side dishes; desserts were exceptional. I had the charred beef and it was excellent. Others at my table were less enthused about their pasta and fish dishes. I've dined here before and had the same fish and thought it was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Great place with awesome food and service

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EB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to Gato for a small retirement dinner and we really enjoyed the food. The scrambled eggs and grilled octopus were are favorite small bites. For the entree make sure you try the charred beef.

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CM
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little expensive, but the food is delicious. Everything we ate was great, and service was excellent.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveled all the way from NC just to eat at this restaurant, and it lived up to my expectations! The food was phenomenal and the service was impeccable! I was extremely happy with every aspect of the meal and will definitely go again the next time we make it to NYC!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve was a first for us, and so glad it was at Gato. The holiday bonus was getting to see Bobby Flay in the kitchen. All the food was on point, the service was incredible from the hostess, bartender, bussers and server. Top notch!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The mood was great and so excited to see Bobby there! Our server was so nice and handled everything with smile. I loved the 3 tasting menu the best!!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gato is New York’s best all around restaurant. There are so many creative flourishes such as the three small tapas you can choose as an appetizer. It also has one of the best wines by glass experiences thanks to proper wine storage behind the bar.

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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the Christmas Eve feast for the second time and it did not disappoint. Even better than the last! Friendly staff and excellent food -- it really helped set our holiday off right!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Christmas eve

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes

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KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly one of the best culinary experiences I’ve ever had.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome, every time!

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