Gato

4.7
3255 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.

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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.
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SJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would love to have met Bobby Flay!
I would love to have met Bobby Flay!
I would love to have met Bobby Flay!

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall we had a very lovely meal. The food was excellent and the service was as well. And we would recommend it and probably go back. but Comparatively speaking, having had the opportunity to enjoy Bar Americain (now closed) on multiple occasions, Gato doesn’t quite measure up to that standard.

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

Overall the food was good. The poached egg on the crispy potatoes was over cooked....so that was sad. But service was excellent.

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

It was out honeymoon and Derrick was amazing. He was on top of it and was a lot of help and fun. Thanks Derrick for a perfect ending to our honeymoon. And thank you Bobby for the amazing food and experience
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner for my wife. Everything was GREAT. Highly recommend.

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LO
Berlin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great place with good atmosphere and perfect food - only “negative” was the coldness in the restaurant.

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JK
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gato delivers. This was one of the best meals of our life! The service (thank you, Taylor!) was impeccable. The food was magnificent. The grilled octopus was the best we’ve ever had. The strip steak, crispy potatoes and mushroom gratin were amazing. We had a wonderful evening and highly recommend this restaurant.

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J
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very nice place. Food was great. We were seated promptly and service was very good. Would go back again.

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EP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Sat 30 minutes past our restaurants, food took an extensive time to come out

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M
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal before going out on the town! We enjoyed the bar bites and creative and tasty entrees. Veggies are the stars of the show.

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TG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe one of the best restaurants I’ve been to. The rabbit was out of this world. Every part of our experience was enjoyable. If only we lived in New York to come back.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Travel Vacation

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

All great food except the beef entree - good but not great

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KR
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The food did not over come the bad service. Much better places to eat in NYC.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing vegetarian choices. Would definitely recommend if you are a vegetarian!!

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CB
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it! Our server, Dash, and our bar tender, Steven, were so thoughtful, attentive, and fun! We were in town to celebrate the birthday of a lifetime friend who we lost last summer. Bobby Flay is her favorite, and she loved his restaurants. Having dinner here was perfect! Everyone was so hospitable, and the recommendations Dash and Steven gave us for food and cocktails were fabulous! Thanks, Gato!

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MD
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I was excited to try another of Bobby's restaurants. Gato is a large restaurant with a great bar area in front and dining beyond that. We started with a couple cocktails at the bar and then were showin to our table. Our server was Cory, who provide excellent service, was engaging and friendly. My husband and I shared the octopus as a starter. The octopus was roasted with orange & bacon topped with a shishito pepper. The smoky/salty flavor with the sweet orange was delicious. I had the steamed halibut as an entrée, which laid upon a tomato broth with olives and anchovy. It was very good. My husband had the charred steak, three medallions that probably weighed a total of 3oz for $42. The beef was flavorful with red wine and blue cheese. I snagged a taste and unfortunately, the steak was chewy. I mentioned it to our server, not as a complaint but as info for the chef to improve upon. Cory wanted to make sure our dining experience ended on a high note and brought us wonderful desserts. We had a strawberry crostata, a cheesecake and an assortment of biscotti. All were very delicious. I was impressed that Cory went out of his way to make sure that we had a positive experience even because of our dissatisfaction with the toughness of the steak. The food was delicious, besides the steak. I do have to be honest and say that I prefer Bobby’s Mesa Grill over Gato. I feel that the prices st Mesa matched the quantity/quality of food. Gato fell short in that area.

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L
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, didn’t expect anything less from a Bobby Flay restaurant! They also had delicious cocktails!

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CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love this place!!! My favorite go to in ny

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M
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my 75th birthday and everything exceeded expectations. Staff was great, food was excellent and even though I had forgotten my reading glasses they were able to provide me with a pair that worked. Plus plus! Our thanks for a grand evening

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IB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gato did not disappoint! The food was incredible and our service was fantastic. Our lead server was very friendly and informative. Refills for water and service between courses was top notch. My only wish is that we had ordered more of the smoked octopus so I didn’t have to share!! I was in town for a conference and treated my two daughters to dinner. We will be sure to return!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lyla says it was dark. Jen would like to see cats. Mia said the octopus was the best she ever had and I agree. The cauliflower was out of this world.

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MT
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All around great restaurant experience.
What for lunch we order ricotta French toast and poached eggs with corn bread. Amazing!

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ET
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is very good. The taste are special. Service was good

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K
New England
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! All of the food was outstanding, the decor was nice. We had a quiet table in the corner. Perfect spot to celebrate a birthday or event!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place, delicious food and great service

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LB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is fantastic. Wonderful flavors.

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A
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service.
Bobby Flay never disappoints.
From Mesa to Bolo and now Gato.
Cheers!!

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GB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding, the ambiance is perfectly mixed between relaxed and upscale. Not a bad dish on the menu!

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, food and drinks were all amazing. Nice wine list. The staff from the general manager to the wait staff are all professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend

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SP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was great and friendly.

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FA
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good Morning,
My Wife & I have been to many of Bobby Flays restaurants many times over and have never been disappointed. Gato was Great our waiter Dash was wonderful, the only thing that I would say should be reviewed is that the hostess did not inform our waiter that we had a special occasion. Dash heard us toast to her birthday and then he was all over it...He made our Day... Cheers Dash...
Thank U... See you all again soon we hope... ;-)

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S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Extremely disappointing experience with the restaurant having had multiple opportunities to make it better and failed to do so.

We were a group of 6 and we were seated 45 minutes late without offering any updates until we asked multiple times. No manager ever came to speak to us. Nothing offered while we waited. We were the only group waiting.

Upon insisting to speak to a manager, she assured us we would be taken care of once seated. That turned out to be 2 appetizers for 6 people: spreads with 3 small breads and a plate of burnt toast with scrambled eggs.

The Manager never stopped by to check in. We finally got our main courses which were a combination of over-cooked and under-cooked disappointments. Pizza with burnt edges, over-cooked fish. Carrots raw on the inside and charred to a burn on the outside.

We could not wait to leave. Understood that restaurants can have an off night but it’s super disappointing that a restaurant at this level makes no attempt to rectify it.

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L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only one word can describe the service, the food, the craft cocktails and our Gato experience: Extraordinary!

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LV
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

This review can be very simple:

Good food. Overpriced.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely. Didn’t disappoint

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LE
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my son’s 21st Birthday ... 5 of us. Our waiter was superb ... food was amazing. Overall...outstanding.

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GR
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I brought friends from The Netherlands here for dinner. It was their first trip to NYC and they wanted to experience a New York restaurant. The did not know who Bobby Flay is, but they loved the food. Thank you for always having consistent high quality, well-balanced flavors.

It was fantastic, as always.

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AF
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, FOOD, Atmosphere were perfect. Did not disappoint. Only thing that could e possibly made the night complete was meeting the MAESTRO himself. Next time!!

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