Gato

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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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J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. Amazing service. Amazing experience.

AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and good food. Pricey with small portions. Restaurant was slow for brunch on a Saturday at noon but nice if looking for something quiet.

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

Very good food and service.

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

Small portions, slow service, but the Fresh pasta was delicious. Very pricey for value. Corn was served room temp (not hot). Fried chicken was ok, didn’t expect chicken breasts. A bit disappointed but the food was ok.

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

GREAT STUFF: A beautiful, well-designed room. Very attentive service, our waiter offered to move us when a disruptive couple sat down next to us, without us asking. And our meal was absolutely fantastic, complex and fresh flavor combinations, singular presentation, altogether a top notch experience. STUFF TO NOTE: This is a moderately noisy and busy restaurant, that shouldn't surprise you. STUFF TO IMPROVE: Dining room chairs are notably rickety and feel a tiny bit unsafe. Gato will not seat incomplete parties which means people who arrive early will have to wait around. THANK YOU GATO!

HM
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Kale paelia and other dishes were excellent for its tastes, however, 5 of us agreed that the portion was way too small...appetizers were like bite size, so the bill ended up quite high. Value wise, not much recommended.

SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the best dinners we've enjoyed in a very long time. Did not disappoint, though it was pricey, for the portion sizes.

Overall, we would highly recommend.

JP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My daughters birthday!

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Have been dining regularly at Gato since it opened and am disappointed to see the dramatic shift in quality of food and service, which was particularly noticeable on my last visit. Each dish was served not room temperature, but freezing cold. Everything was either overcooked, undercooked, over-sauced, oily, or all-around bad. The server was completely checked out during the entire meal as though our dining there was an inconvenience, only to crack a smile and be kind when he dropped off the bill. Sad to say after five years of consistent dining, will not be returning.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Terrible service. The food was tasty but not outstanding. We waited an extremely long time to order after being seated, and even that was only accomplished by flagging down our server from across the room. Our courses were poorly paced and arrived all at once. There were almost no bus people to be seen, so dirty plates sat on the table taking up much-needed space and water glasses were never refilled unless we asked (usually by waving down someone because nobody ever came to check on us). Not the quality you'd expect given the prices and the Bobby Flay brand.

S
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flavours abound paired with very interesting wines. It is always a pleasure dining at this atmospheric spot.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were late for our reservation and the staff was very accommodating. We had lovely service throughout the dining experience, enjoyed our food, and recommend the restaurant.

C
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic! Everyone tried cocktails and there were smiles all around. Cauliflower won best dish of the night.
Our server Cory provided excellent service. All his suggestions were on point, and he made our experience even more enjoyable.

RB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and a really nice ambiance, would be good for groups or a date.

NL
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I are big Bobby Flay fans and watch all his shows on Food Network. When planning our trip to New York, we researched Bobby Flay’s New York restaurants and decided to try Gato.

We loved every aspect of this place! From the decor/vibe to the delicious food, everything was beyond our expectations.

We can’t wait to make this a tradition every time we visit the city!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, ambiance, presentation, and taste. I highly recommend it.

BD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The dinner was outstanding as always. Love everything on the menu. I dine here every time I’m in NYC. Our server got our food to us promptly, but seemed too busy the other night. Still a great evening just not the high level of service in which I’m accustomed.

W
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual, superb service and tasty food. Interesting flavors and unique wine pairings

D
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience and food were outstanding. Highly recommend

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The appetizers were very good. My dinner was not very good. The fried chicken was rubbery, but the coating was tasty. The was very good. A complementary dessert was sent over for our anniversary which made the evening nice.

MD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

It was a busy Saturday night but we found the service not so great as they simply didn't seem too have enough staff. They bought out 3 dishes but forgot then other one. When we reminded them we waited another 20 minutes for this by which time we were ready to leave. Over all it felt way to big and impersonal for an enjoyable meal - but good if you want to people watch and be in a large restaurant space however. Food was okay in general, nothing amazing and our crispy potatoes were too salty and too greasy.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I don’t understand the concept of a standalone entree like chicken or fish served with nothing else. Doesn’t the chef want the sides to compliment the entree? Seems like just a ploy to jack up the price. Disappointing experience.

GA
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gato was the highlight to our trip to NYC. The atmosphere was romantic and inviting. The staff was friendly and very attentive. Our water glasses were constantly being filled. Our dinner was absolutely delicious. We had the three bites which included the eggplant, lamb and beef. All were wonderful little bites to share, very flavorful and just the right start to our meal. My boyfriend ordered the rabbit which he raved about, saying the fregola sarda that was underneath the rabbit was the perfect addition to the rabbit. The crunchy ham was perfect texture to the dish. I had the Gato salad with the pears so that I could save room for the olive oil cake with peaches. Perfect dessert to end our meal. We can't wait to come back the next time we are in NY. We highly recommend Gato to our friends and family.

MJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The grilled octopus was recommended by our server and it was delicious! Server was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Food was fantastic. Portion were not big, but not small either. Goldilocks portions!

KJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here twice in the last few years. The food has been outstanding both visits, as well as service and ambiance. Our only complaint is that the seating is way too close, hard to have a conversation without over hearing the conversation next to you. They need to change this, it's not enjoyable and takes away from the overall positive experience. Thankfully there are some tables where the seating is different, yet mostly reserved for groups of 4.

DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I wanted friends to experience multiple flavors do we ordered all the appetizers. Delicious and fun

SW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is creative and delicious! Our server Cory was very knowledgeable, attentive and nice! Thanks for a great meal!! Try the paella!!

B
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable and attentive service; great food, innovative approach to traditional items as burrata, octopus and pork chop. Nice ambiance.

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gato was excellent as always - ir

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Entrees were under seasoned. The sides that came with the steak had no salt at all. Also we waited 45 minutes for the entrees. Overall portions are on the lighter side. This meal did not meet the expectations we had for Bobby Flays restaurant.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food sucked

BF
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local Soho place for dinner or just drinks at a roomy bar. Nice night-life bar.

RL
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Our server did a wonderful job, very informative, helpful and had a wonderful positive energy about him. The food was cooked wonderfully, from appetizers to dessert. I definitely will be coming back to try the other dishes!! Highly recommended for a date or even for a social gathering.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was great.

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It exceeded my expectations. The food was on point and the flavors were memorable. We had the squid ink pasta, the fried chicken (exceptional with the honey and cut for you so ready to eat) and the halibut. All the dishes were amazing. The appetizers were also fantastic including the shrimp, the baratta and the octopus. Also loved the cheesecake and gelato. Nothing disappointed. Would recommend the gin cocktail too!

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

There for brunch this past weekend - food was delicious but service was terrible. We sat outside on a gorgeous Sunday and were pretty much ignored and then forgotten. We waited 10 minutes with nothing on our table. I went in and asked the hostess for menus and water. We saw our server once(when she took our order) Twice I mouthed through the window to the hostess - once for small plates(so we could enjoy the appetizers that we waited forever for) and once for fresh water. We spoke with manager and he did take 30% off the total but Sunday brunch is not about the money. Sadly it was the experience that was ruined.

JP
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great, but the food was exceptional.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was awesome - service, food, atmosphere. Our server was amazing. Just was thrown by how dark the bathrooms were. That was somewhat uncomfortable.

PA
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really delicious. Our server was attentive and fun, but not intrusive. Portions, of course, were small....but no doggie bags to carry home! Prices are what were expected for the location and quality. Lots of good choices on the menu. The place was all hard surfaces so very loud and tough to carry on a nice quiet conversation.

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