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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

5
4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (82)
Good for a Date (76)
Fit for Foodies (72)
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Special Occasion (71)
Good for Anniversaries (57)
Hot Spot (53)
Good for Birthdays (52)
Bar Seating (48)
Fun (47)
Vibrant Bar Scene (43)
Handcrafted Cocktails (40)
Tapas (40)
Romantic (35)
Good for Groups (33)
Casual (33)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Notable Wine List (32)
Worth the Drive (29)
Authentic (28)
Good Vegetarian Options (25)
Cozy (23)
People Watching (22)
Business Meals (21)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Local Ingredients (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Late-night Find (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Seasonal (11)
Spicy (9)
Healthy (9)
Great for Brunch (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vegan (3)
Great Beer (2)
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·Dined 3 days ago

My food was a bit burned desert was too salty the service felt systematic without any warmth from entering the door till leaving the place prices are way to high for the quality the restaurant claims to offer.
I’m surprised it got high score

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

Unbelievable flavors in everything i tasted - my brain was exploding. Really really delicious. I love food this strongly flavored and intense.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was very rude and we waited 20 minutes for our reservation. Do not recommend

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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

The noise level is off the charts here! Tables are packed in close and you have to speak with a raised voice to be heard. Food is very high priced! We love good food and came ready to pay but once seated in such a noisy environment, we changed our minds. Had three bites from the choose 3 for $21. The food portion was ridiculously small for the money.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The environment was extremely nice and was amazing for valentines day. In general the food was okay, but the couscous on the rabbit dish was the best couscous i have ever had. It was salty, sweet, chewy, buttery, and there was some crunch to it which I think was very fine crunches of bacon or prosciutto. It was a very good bite of food.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

Gato was amazing. Try the shrimp appetizer, it’s delicious!! And the Nacho drink was delicious!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Food & service were excellent. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Caribbean)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food again by Bobby, such a relaxed and comfortable feel with great food and atmosphere, plus Bobby himself at the bar and in the kitchen! Going back 100%

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Good ambiance even if the crowd at the valentine celebration is a bit cheesy but overall was a good experience nor great

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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

AMAZING! My husband, 2 children (9 & 12) and I dined at Gato for my birthday. The service was spot-on and the food was outstanding. My kids were the only kids in the restaurant and I wouldn’t hesitate bringing them back. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. My daughter has a nut allergy which was dealt with with no problems. To top the evening off, Bobby Flay, was there!! After a little wave from my son, he came right over to our table, shook all of our hands, chatted and even let me get a birthday pic with him! Such a wonderful evening! Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was good, but should not say Goat Cheese as an ingredient in a dish when in fact it tastes exactly like blue cheese. Not a taste that I like at all. If I knew I would not have ordered that dish. They were very accommodating in rectifying the matter, but would have liked to enjoy my meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

As a Bobby Flay resturant I expected the restaurant to be at the top of its game. Our waited was the best I've had, knowledgeable, fun and everything a high-end NYC restaurant waiter should be. Now, the food...it was a BIG let down! I had the kale quinoa dish...nothing...looked good on menu...no special taste at all. The Pappadelle was okay. The charred carots had ZERO taste and the brussel sprouts were AWFUL! And we LOVE brussel sprouts...they were just full of anawful sweet sauce that totally overpowered the brussel sprouts. I waited to go here expecting so much bc if was a Bobby Flay restaurant. So embarrassed for him that this is what is coming out of his kitchen.
I do have to sat the focacchio was delicious...that was one thing we enjoyed....

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 10, 2018

It was as anticipated. Spot on.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was exceptional. Had the bar trio (lamb/potatoes/pork belly). Then paella and pork chops. Great service. Don't regret the experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food but way overpriced. Better bar snacks. Off ambiance though.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

even tho it sounds weird for dinner but get the scrambled eggs, you won’t regret it...

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Dinner was really good. We are not from NYC, but we are big fans of Bobby Flay. His restaurant did not disappoint.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food, the drinks and the table side service were all excellent. However, the hostess put a bad taste in our mouths that lasted throughout the evening. We arrived at 5:16 pm for our 5:15 pm Friday reservations (we came in from Greenwich CT), and asked if we could have a drink at the bar before being seated. The hostess said no and took us to our horribly located table -- the restaurant was empty with 10 people at the bar. She never asked us if we'd like to check our coats. She was miserable. We did feel a bit rushed at dinner, but the waiters were polite, efficient and very knowledgeable. The food was delicious. Upon leaving/waiting for our Uber, the hostess was overly pleasant to everyone arriving, asking for their coats, asking if they'd like to have a drink before being seated -- the restaurant was 3/4 full (around 6:45 pm). She must not like well-heeled ladies over 50.

Tags: Authentic, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Every dish is always a great surprise and full of flavour. The staff where great. I just love Gato.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Amazing. I️ love Bobby flay.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Amazing food and phenomenal service. Also, do yourself a favor and try the duck confit dish. Mind-blowing!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food at Gato was cooked simply and delicious. My husband ordered rabbit and I had steak. Both were just right. The service was great.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

loved to taste Bobbly Flay's food. No wonder he is so sucessful. DELICIOUS

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent as akways

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Well done and interesting food in the best sense at a good value. Highly recommend Gato for a delicious meal backed by great service. Go if you value food and fun over fussy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The appetizers were wonderful - great duck liver and beef crudo. Barratta so so
The grilled octopus was wonderful with the exception of a bit to much sour citrus that detracted from the overall dish
The paperdelle with duck confit was wonderful however missing the crunch of a duck confit - the skin
Our side dish of potatoes with poach egg on top was cold and covered in paprika so needless to say we did not eat it however the waiter was kind of enough to take it off the check.

As for our service we only saw the waiter 3 times and had to pour our own wine.
The someiller was great and decanded our beautiful 1997 wine

Our drinks at the bar were well made but quite small in size for a manhattan.

Overall not worth the $300 evening

We wish Bar American was still open

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Disappointing. Poor service, Friday night but the ambience was a dud, food was okay.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great food... a little more Italian influenced than the Spanish. Really enjoyed it

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We were seated at our table 30 minutes late with no real apology or acknowledgement from the staff. Service to get our drinks was slow - but food service was fine and quality was of course, delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

This is the best food I’ve ever had. I honestly cried because of how good it was.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, People Watching, Authentic, Fun, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Gato was absolutely fantastic.
The cocktails were some of the best we had in the city. The Vesper martini was particularly crisp.
The waitstaff was personable and friendly and left the impression they genuinely cared about your dining experience.
Octopus is something I order every time I see it on a menu and this was far and away the best offering I have had to date. A large full portion that was perfectly tender with just enough char grilled bits on it.

Would recommend this to anyone traveling to New York who is looking for that one great meal to have while there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Waiter was very helpful to us in making our menu selections. Enjoyable evening and food was very good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We fly in from Seattle with Gato’s as one of our “must do’s”. It was so worth it - the food and ambiance were amazing! The appetizers, paella, and wine were outstanding! We’ll be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Gato was everything it’s expected to be and more. Servers were courteous and attentive without being pushy. They were also very informed and found every opportunity to improve the experience. Food was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Truly impeccable food. Great service. And to our delight, female waitress and female sommelier talked about how it was such a great place to work. Refreshing in light of all the scandals about discrimination and abuse in the restaurant industry lately.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The table was close to the computer to enter the orders. It was not very good to be eating next to people walking around all the time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We traveled from SF to NYC for the Broadway play Waitress and I knew I had to stop at Gato since I LOVE Bobby Flay. Gato did not disappoint. Incredible homemade focaccia bread to start, we got a Bar trio of Crispy Polenta, Spiced Chicken and the Eleven Layer potato. All super tasty -- My only tiny criticism were they weren't very hot, I would loved to have had them a little warmer.

Main courses we got the Kale and Wild Mushroom Paella -- TO DIE FOR and the Charred Beef, super delicious! We had cocktails to start and wine with dinner, all really amazing.

We were late for the show so had to run out before dessert, but I will definitely be coming back for another meal and make time for dessert too!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Small but cozy place. The service is ok and food, delicious. Try their Rabbit with fregola sarda and crispy ham.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This was a fantastic place. Every bite was wonderful! Great service, unique blends of ingredients and fantastic and fresh pisco sours. Highly recommend!

Tags: Tapas, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I never met a Bobby Flay restaurant I did not like. Gato makes the cut! Food is fabulous. It was fun to share a bunch of appetizers and all six of us are planning our next dinner at Gato's.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Vegan, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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