Gato

4.7
2687 reviews
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$50 and over
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Mediterranean
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  • Creative Cuisine
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  • Special Occasion
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 2687 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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5.0Dined a day ago

The food was AMAZING, really delicious. We had shrimp appetizers, carrots plus potatoes. Everything just so good. The service was excellent, we were really happy with it. We hadn’t had such good service in a long time. The tables are a little too close to each other but overall really great! Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Same as always...EXCELLENT!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great bar, great vibes, phenomenal food. Special thanks to Simon for taking care of us-will be back for sure.

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Food came out too quickly. We sat down around 6:30, ordered 3 dishes at 6:45. Drinks came at 7, and then all of our food came out at once practically, at around 7:10. It was strange, food got cold as it had to sit while we ate other food. Surprised they didn’t Soave our serving our dishes, we ended up feeling really rushed.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

A little too much salt in both my appetizer and entrée. Otherwise, very good.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Everything, as usual, was excellent: food, service, atmosphere. I’m not a big fan of halibut but I tried the specially prepared fish with saffron sauce and loved it.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Food was very good overall and the space is great too. Pork chops is a little dry.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

That good and service was incredible

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

My husband I went to Gato pre the Springsteen show. We took our own champagne and paid the $40 corkage fee which was worth it. We asked our waiter for some recommendations based on our preferences and we had the most delicious food. It arrived promptly and fresh from the kitchen. The Octopus was spectacular, baked manchego was delicious and the rabbit was amazing. Dessert was great and they put a candle on it for our anniversary which was a nice touch. I would go back next time I’m in town and would highly recommend. Ambiance perfect. Warm and just noisy enough. Absolutely love the place!!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

It was a long and Very expensive trip from Ohio, but the food was worth it. Most importantly the smiles on my family's faces was worth the expense.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Would of liked a bigger beer menu but the food was incredible

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Always great, and up to par. Love to see the standards be lived up to every time!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Absolutely loved this restaurant. Great food, great service and great ambiance. Can’t wait to return.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Great! Lots of creative stuff. Would gladly return.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Great food and service! The soft shell crab and scallops were cooked perfectly!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

The service was outstanding and our dinner was exceptional!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Great experience. Food was amazing!!!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Bobby Flay is one of my favorite chefs. The food he presents at his restaurants is always creative, harmonious with each component on the plate, as well as with drinks he presents. It is always exciting and delicious. And the ambience at Gato is warm and comfortable. A great place, start to finish, for special occasions to a casual visit.

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

V tasty but small portions and overpriced for what it js

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We had an amazing experience, service, food, ambience. We had to delay our reservation for 24 hours due to a flight cancellation from Toronto but they were great when I explained and immediately rescheduled without a fuss and when we did arrive the next day remembered and really gave us great service. The pita and dips were amazing as a shared appetizer and the halibut was melt in your mouth, the broth I could have ordered that again by itself! The chicken was also really nice and overall it was amazing. I would highly recommend!

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Disappointed. Visited several years ago and was great. Too bad they could not sustain the quality. Tiny portions, expensive and the food came out within 2 minutes of ordering. Wasn’t expecting fast food for that kind of money.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Excellent experience at Gato. The menu is varied and has many interesting dishes to eat. We enjoyed soft shell crab, scrambled eggs, grilled squid, pork chops, charred steak ,espresso bread pudding,and almond tart. The presentations stimulated our appetites. The food was delicious. The hostesses and servers were very pleasant and helpful. Our server made great suggestions with the food and wine. This was a great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We had a great experience. Based on reviews, we were excited but nervous due to some negative feedback.

The atmosphere was loud however we had no trouble talking just to each other.

We opted for the ricotta with pesto and we pretty much licked the bowl clean. Definitely one I will remember.

Entrees includes the porterhouse pork chop and black fettuccine with shrimp and squid. The pasta is Housemade which made a huge difference in my decision to try it. It was delicious—fresh with some spice in the sauce.
My husband really enjoyed the pork. It was a good sized portion and super flavorful.

Flay did good with this spot!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Dinner with friends!

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Overall we had a very good experience at Gato. The service and ambiance were terrific. The appetizers were exceptional but small portions. The entrees and sides were very good. Fabulous bar with lots of energy - definitely a fun place.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Not only was the food really great but the service was wonderful. We had an aggressive/drunk guy at a table next to us and the manager immediately offered to change our table. She went out of her way to make a tricky situation go away. The food was delicious-the kale and wild mushroom paella was out of this world and all of our small plates hit the mark. Great experience.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Everything on the menu alacart. I ordered the pork chop and it was delicious but for the price I would have expected a veggie included. The Waite staff was exceptional. The noise level was quite high but I was there on a Saturday night.

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2.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Pork chop was severely undercooked. 6.7/10 overall experience which isn’t satisfactory for $235 for two people.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Truly enjoyed our dining experience. Party of 6 celebrating my daughters birthday. Our server Derek was excellent .

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Took my 8 year old daughter here when in NYC for a conference since she is a Bobby Flay fan. Everyone went out of their way to ensure a good experience. Food was creative and delicious. Service timely and friendly. They expedited for us so we could make a Broadway curtain. Highlight of our trip. Highly recommend.

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1.0Dined on July 27, 2018

When we arrived on a Monday, the host said that we showed up the wrong day for our reservation. He was huffy and acted like it was a real hassle. When I showed him our email confirmation from OpenTable indicating that we were right, he looked at it, and instead of apologizing, he said snidely, "That doesn't matter. I show you for Thursday." (I'd even *returned their call that day* confirming the reservation for that evening.) He did eventually seat us, but when a dinner starts off with such a poor interaction, it affects the entire experience. We spent the first few minutes debating if we should walk out. And I suppose we should have ... the food was hit and miss. The somm picked great wine, however.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Best food in the city.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

It was fun to be able to share, which we did with everything we ordered. The pizza was outstanding as well as the side veggies. We shared everything, including a pasta dish!
The only negative: WHY ARE THE BATHROOMS SO BLACK! A 23 year old girl had a problem seeing. What's the point of having a mirror if one can't see themselves!!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

We had a nearly flawless dinner here - in terms of food, wine, service and pacing. Our server Michael was a total pro as he guided us on a great selection of bar food items, appetizers and mains, and of course, wine. Everything went right including the perfectly timed visit from the manager who reassured that we would definitely return.

My only regret is that I hadn't eaten here before. Definitely go.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Seating was quick. Nice ambiance but a little loud for my taste. Outstanding service. Food was excellent, as expected. The only disappointment was that we didn’t get to see Bobby Flay! Highly recommend, especially the rabbit.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

We rolled it at 930 and the kitchen closes at 10. Our waitress was warm, friendly and very helpful. The food was, of course, fantastic. We ordered the trio of small bites and a paella to share. We chose eggplant, burrata and pork belly. Three tiny plates all thoughtfully executed and very tasty. Our cocktails were wonderful. Because it was late(and on a Sunday) the staff was extra attentive, including busboys and hostess. We ordered dessert, bread pudding (more like tiramisu and amazing!) and were treated to a complimentary plate of biscotti, which were delicious. We were also given a glass of sherry, which I wish I loved but, alas, do not. Emma made our night with great advice and lovely conversation. Gato never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Food was spectacular
Quality of Chen Rôtisseurs
Rabbit was scrumptious as were the tasting menu appetizers

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Food/drinks were extremely pricey. The tappas-esque appetizer was delicious but the entrees were sub par. Saw kids walk in wearing shorts, hoped for a higher class dinner. Bartenders and waitresses were excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great food and service. The sommelier did an outstanding job, as well.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Service was average. Not very attentive. Credit Card and billing system was down and cause delays. They had to use paper form which is a high credit card security risk.

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