Gato

4.7
2860 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
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.
What 2860 People Are Saying
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4.6
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Austin
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing. The restaurant is stunning. Overall experience was great!! Next time I’ll save room for dessert!

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

Corey was our wonderful server and worked with us expertly to time our reunion of four. We enjoyed the experience so much. The food was delicious and was that sort of “take a bite, freeze in awe, eyes open wide, and Oh MY God!” calibre. The ambiance was perfect for us, too. It felt cozy but there was plenty of room so we felt our robust conversation was not being overheard, nor were we disturbed by the diners around us. That is very important to me: a feeling of being in a special place with fabulous cuisine in a social setting with a festive atmosphere that serves the diners rather than taking itself too seriously. Service was excellent and I will return joyfully. Thanks, Gato!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Overpriced for extraordinarily small portions, even for NYC. Nothing was perfectly cooked either and lacked seasoning.

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

Delicious as usual and Unexpectedly Bobby Flay was in the house and was nice enough to stop and say hey .. what a bonus!

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L
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very flavorful. Wasn’t a disappointment. The pork chop is a must try. Best pork chop tasted so far. We were lucky to get a picture with Bobby Flay. I only wish the portions were a bit more. I ordered the chicken entree for my 9 yr old. ( I assume there’s no kids menu). She said she wasn’t full. After dessert she was close to full. So we ventured to Chinatown to get more dessert.

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BF
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good local Soho place for drinks and a interesting meal.

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D
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Have always loved Gato but this time found the food uninspired. The halibut was bland swimming in what tasted like a vodka pasta sauce. The small plates were beyond tiny. But kudos for the roasted carrots which were the highlight of the meal.

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M
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a great time here. You don't go for the portion size but rather the quality and it is excellent. Chef Flay was in the house and walked around to tables to speak with diners.

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FM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, friendly service and clean and scenic.

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

Nice spot! The combination of flavors were fabulous. The eggplant mini dish and chicken were yummy. I do wish the house mix drinks were more extensive

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KI
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful and we weren’t rushed. Food was delicious, presentation was beautiful and drinks as well. Will absolutely go back again.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great time and the sommelier was knowledgeable and helpful. Food was delicious but wish they had at least asked if we wanted it to be coursed out as opposed to all at once. We will return.

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MP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Throughly enjoyable meal & dining experience. Definitely recommending.

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PR
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have loved the food at Gato for years, but it has become less exciting. Also very expensive for what it is..

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RP
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious as to be expected by a Bobby Flay restaurant but the service was well above par too. Our server offered the perfect amount of conversation and his recommendations were spot on! Really helped add to the experience. We were actually surprised by our final bill... because it was less than what we expected and the funny thing is that the couple next to us had the same experience! Definitely a must try for dinner

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R
New York Area
156 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First visit to Gato. Very good reviews on Open Table and Bobby Flay's reputation led us to choose this restaurant while we visited Tribeca for one night. The food was great and different (in a good way). Our meal:

3 Mini Appetizers (Even as 3 it is not the size of a full appetizer, hence the word "mini")
~Spiced Chicken - Tasty (3 small bites)
~11 Layer Potatoes - Tasty
~Burrata - Good

Second Course:
~Pesto & Ricotta Cheese with Ciabatta Squares - Very Good. Good Size too!
~Black Kale Salad - Good, but too much dressing.

Entrees
~Kale & Mushroom Paella - A great take on a veggie paella. Delicious.
~Charred Beef - Cooked perfectly (medium) and tasted great. Downside: 3 mini pieces for $42

Dessert
~Ricotta Cheesecake - To die for....
~Fig Crostata - Good, but a bit too much fig. Less is more.

Wine list was nice and not overly expensive.

All and all a very good dining experience. We would return.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Was there last night. Booked over a month ago for special anniversary. Table wasn’t ready. Stand against wall to wait. Once sat our table was being bumped all night by patrons standing 3-deep at the bar. Obnoxious and saddening. Once in a lifetime trip to NYC is great - Experience at GATO? - NOT GREAT.

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G
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of four had a blast. Food was fab, atmosphere was fun, service was excellent. Our waitperson Corey was funny and friendly and helped make it a great evening.

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LV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious:) came here last year to celebrate my husbands birthday...and it was so good we came back!

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GR
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fantastic restaurant to take an old friend who had never been to NYC before. She loved everything and was even adventuresome. The menu here contains so many dishes that I would never order at another restaurant. Bobby Flay’s recipes makes each bite delicious and well- balanced in taste in a very relaxing atmosphere. Thanks for the great service again! We will be back soon.

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LZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Seri e staff with attitude, over 30 min wait time for a table.. food average at best..(but pricy)

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really amazing experience at Gato for my girlfriend's birthday. They were extremely accommodating of food allergies and really knowledgeable about the menu and preparations. They were very well prepared for us and set us up in a nice corner table for the occasion. Super Chef Bobby Flay did not disappoint!

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great. Service was exceptional. My one criticism is that the appetizers are pricey, scant and hard to share.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love Gato!

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JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Thought it would be a little over-hyped because of Flay. But loved the food, atmosphere and drinks! Will return!! Geri from Jersey City

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s
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was out of this world delicious. Just what I would expect from an optimal NYC dining experience. Very posh, great music playing through the restaurant invoking all sorts of nostalgia. I had the Porterhouse Pork Chop, which was quite a portion, that I couldn't finish. I proceeded to stuff myself with some cheesecake for dessert that was my favorite bite of the evening. I will definitely be returning if I ever make it back to NYC.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

We had a reservation for 9.15pm and were seated at 9.45pm without any compensation, this is unacceptable. The food was good but we were too tired and annoyed to enjoy it. We won't be coming back

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had A GREAT TIME! The place is gorgeous and we all enjoyed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

It was really good. Good was great and service was impeccable!

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J
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gato is at the top of our list every trip to NYC. Our son, a student-athlete at NYU, requests Gato for dinner when Mom and Dad visit. We are happy to oblige and cannot wait to return. Whatever the occasion, Gato NEVER disappoints! Thank you for the outstanding service and incredible dishes we continue to talk about at home in N. Texas. #nacho #scrambled eggs #rabbit

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F
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating here was such a treat. I tried two cocktails. The blend of ingredients was unique and fabulous. We tried three tastes and one entree. All unique and flavorful. We tried two deserts , again both taste sensations. We had a great evening enjoying Iron Chef creations.

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CL
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG. What a find. The food was delicious. Each course has its own definable taste. The quality and flavor of each dish is to die for. We will be back!!!!!!

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here post-Marathon to celebrate, which our server did not know...but James was our server and we couldn’t ask for any special of an experience! We saved enough room for dessert and we were so happy we did! Affogato, housemade biscotti, Coffee & complimentary Sherry’s to pair with our dessert after dinner. Bobby Flay’s GATO has it going on..so happy we took the trip down to SOHO from Times Square area for this experience. THANK U!

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious!!! I can’t wait to go back 😊

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TO
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an excellent restaurant. Thoroughly enjoyed the food, ambiance, staff and service. Exceeded our expectations for Dinner and and the Experience. Truly a Bobby Flay level affair.

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RC
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are big fans of Bobby Flay, but have only dined at his Las Vegas locations. We finally made the trip to NYC to run the marathon and our post race meal was Gato. It was fabulous! Food was better than we had hoped and our server was fantastic. Funny, prompt and made great menu recommendations. We would highly recommend Gato to anyone looking for a great meal with very cool ambience.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious as always. We decided to give up our table and sit at the bar, the service was just as good. The music was excellent and Rebecca the manager was so warm and friendly.

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CS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great from beginning to end! Scrambled egg app is a must. The paella was delicious. Will definitely be back.

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Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food...best meal we ever had!!!

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EM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambience. Perfect for pre-theater.

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