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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

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (97)
Good for a Date (95)
Fit for Foodies (88)
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Special Occasion (84)
Good for Birthdays (67)
Fun (64)
Bar Seating (62)
Hot Spot (61)
Good for Anniversaries (57)
Vibrant Bar Scene (46)
Handcrafted Cocktails (42)
Neighborhood Gem (41)
Casual (40)
Notable Wine List (39)
Good for Groups (39)
Authentic (38)
Romantic (37)
Tapas (36)
People Watching (34)
Worth the Drive (33)
Business Meals (31)
Tasting Menu (24)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Cozy (19)
Happy Hour (17)
Late-night Find (17)
Local Ingredients (15)
Healthy (14)
Seasonal (14)
Comfort Food (11)
Spicy (11)
Great for Lunch (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

It was fabulous as usual! Every time I come to NY, I eat here & have never been disappointed! This is a NY staple for me!💗

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We had a nice evening, but nothing special. Waitress was lovely, but service was off. Our appetizer was forgotten, main course was over cooked. We didn’t complain, but to their credit, they kept apologizing and brought us a complimentary drink.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The burrata, octopus and kale/mushroom paella are MUSTS!

Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the entire menu and made great suggestions.

The hostess sat us near a table full of noisy kids and was happy to move us to a quieter area of the restaurant. We were seated near the bar and it got very "spirited". Just as we were about to pay our bill, the manager came up with a revised bill, apologized for the noise and comped our drinks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Tasteful, cozy, smooth; excellent cocktail menu variety and wine selection; expedient service, fitted portion, delicious food ; met and exceeded all expectations

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food & great service!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Super Lokal, Bedienung könnte aufmerksamer sein.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing!!!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic food and drinks! Enjoyed a variety of items that were all outstanding. Highly recommend Gato. Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined 7 days ago

Incredible food and atmosphere. We were seated 30 minutes after our reservation but they brought us several appetizers to appease us and we ended up having a great time. We tried many different menu items and loved every single one!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 7 days ago

The Flavors were Flay all the way. Pressured to leave quickly after eating. 🙃

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·Dined 7 days ago

Food was four star
Service was five star
Would visit again when in NY

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Really great service! And very friendly staff that even included some complimentary biscotti and cream sherry for my birthday! Loved the kale and mushroom paella — very crispy! We thought the octopus app was good, but the sauce was a little over powering. Overall delicious and great service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Bobby flay knows how to do it.. the reasons I stop whenever he is cooking on tv is that he is the man

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The grilled octopus was unique and amazing, but what made sitting at the bar a wonderful experience, was our bartender Kelly. Smart,warm,friendly,professional,perfect!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Couldn’t wait to go there on a recent NYC trip. It was better than drinks even more enjoyable!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Very enjoyable evening. Would definitely go back

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Loved brunch...please do it again!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was not impressive at all. I had a bit high expectations for their 2 days only special Brunch. The 1st courses were exactly same as the appetizers they are offering for dinner regularly. It was a hype and overpriced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was outstanding. However, the service was so fast, it was unreal how rushed we felt. We asked our server 3 times to slow the service down, but it kept going, super fast pace. We always had staff at our table, cleaning up our plates, bringing water, literally standing there waiting for us to finish our last bite to take the plate away. The over-service just killed our mood. We were there to celebrate a special event but the entire time we had staff at our table rushing us. It was very unpleasant.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were asked if our plates could be cleared 3 times before we were finished. Felt rushed. Food just ok. Will not be back.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Awesome food and service! Bobby Flay nevwr disappoints :)

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Delicious food in a great atmosphere!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great service, great food at an affordable price!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I found Gato to be very welcoming and energetic. We really wanted to like it. Unfortunately two of our dishes, the cauliflower and the octopus were so over seasoned that they were inedible. If our waiter had checked on us promptly we would have returned the dishes. We reported our dissatisfaction to a manager and he did adjust the bill.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great trendy spot with a good bar. I always prefer to eat the bar and this is a good spot for that. The menu is always good and creative. The bar staff was a little inattentive, but overall I love coming to this place!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Quite enjoyable. Food great. Ate at the bar and enjoyed a very kind bartender.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

My second visit to Gato. The reception was welcoming and the service attentive. We were seated at a corner table in the very back of the restaurant, which was perfect. Most of the dishes were very good; the Gato salad is delicious, although the portion quite small. The pork chop is tender, sitting on a bed of delicious polenta, but slightly flat in flavor. The pumpkin filled pasta was tasty but a bit heavy handed. All in all, a very good meal and we will be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great pork chop
Great Brussels sprouts
Very noisy
Ask for side booth on back when making reservation

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food and service! We came here as a group of four for a special occasion and it did not disappoint. I was a bit early and got a glass of wine from the bar that the bartender recommended (it was great). We sat down promptly when the group arrived. We split two bar "tapas" for four of us (this is a really fun option on the menu - basically, a set of three tapas plates, so we had six total - it was a great way to try more of the food) then each got an entree. One of our members is hardly an adventurous eater but he ordered the rabbit and loved it. My dish, the saffron linguine, was delicious and the perfect size. If you have a big appetite, you may need to order an appetizer as well. The only potential downsides - the restaurant is one large room so I could see it getting noisy. It's not too loud to have a casual conversation, though. Also the bathroom sinks are shallow and it's hard to wash your hands. Those are the only two very minor downsides - overall the restaurant is fantastic!

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This is a good fairly priced place for some creative, well-cooked and presented dishes with a Spanish influence. The octopus is well worth mentioning and i have no idea how it gets so tender and tasty. The meat dishes are also well worth trying. It is not a cheap place but the food is worth the extra costs. the wine list is good and reasonably priced. It is quite a large space and can get a bit noisy when busy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

I was there last Saturday for birthday dinner . The food is outstanding , delicious cocktail specials, impeccable service . I'm recommending Gato to all my friends .

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 26, 2017

An exceptional experience from start to finish. Incredible food, drinks, service, and ambience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We went to Gato so we could mark off a “Bucket List” item for my hubby-eat at a Bobby Flay restaurant. We met friends there and one of them has a dietary restriction. The entire staff that waited on us was sure to address that restriction with every item we ordered!
Food is excellently prepared and served! Staff is knowledgeable about the menu.
Will go back if we travel to NYC again.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

gato was great when Bobby Flay was in the open kitchen every night and several years later it is equally wonderful. It takes the place of mesa and Bolo in every way although i wish those places were still open. The food is fantastic and frankly better that most top restaurants. The ambiance is fabulous New York downtown scene. I have only one complaint-some of the banquets are too low or the tables too high and some have slits that are hard to sit in. This affects mostly the tables for two on left side as you walk in. Strange as David Rockwell did such a wonderful design for the place. Exciting vibrant food and truly a new york gem.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything was so tasty! I wish the portions were just a little bigger, but other than that, it was really, really good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Vegan, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

In NYC for the holidays and wanted to head into the NYU area and experience different bold flavors. Love the trio of appetizers. -Lamb was delicious service was fantastic and loved the ambience. It was warm modern and buzzing with excitement. Great night out in the city. Good vegetarian dishes for both of my daughters !

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

My family and I visited from North Carolina, as I watch Bobby flay shows a lot, I knew he had a restaurant in NY,, so made reservations for us on Friday night,, wonderful food, service, and atmosphere!! Next time I'm in NY, we'll be back!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I absolutely love Gato and always will! I go every chance I get!

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

A great experience as always. Food is delicious and full of flavor, staff is friendly and helpful. My favorite restaurant

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fun, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Amazing food, service. Great vibe in restaurant. Ant wait to come back

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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