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Gato

4.6
4.6
3747 Reviews
$50 and over
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 334-6400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Bobby Flay

  • Neighborhood

    NoLita

  • Cross street

    Bleecker St and Houston St

  • Parking details

    Street Parking: <br />Mulberry St. bet Bleecker St and Houston St<br />East Houston bet. Mulberry St and Mott St

  • Public transit

    B, D F & M: To Broadway-Lafayette<br />6 to Bleecker Street - <br />N, R to Prince Street

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,747 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. AmnonC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An incredible restaurant fora special occasion! The appetizers and main courses was absolutely beautiful and delicious, we loved the lighting in the place, and the desserts were amazing.
  2. CarolA

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. Great choices for all palates. Ricotta cheese appetizer, octopus, Brussel sprouts. Delicious
  3. MelissaB

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the server was hospitable and knowledgeable.
  4. JasonP

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a lovely experience at Gato. The food is excellent and the bar had a lovely selection of cocktails and wine. It was early on a Wednesday evening but it was quite noisy even 1/2 full. This is Bobby’s signature restaurant so it has become something of a destination and prices reflect that. Seems like it’s overpriced by about 10-12% in my opinion, but for a special occasion it’s a good spot.
  5. KimK

    Orlando

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic! Loved it
  6. ChristineK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome. Would definitely recommend to friends when visiting New York.
  7. LindaT

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I traveled to NYC from LA and we had dinner at Gato on Saturday night. It was wonderful! The restaurant manager, Jake, was so gracious and kind. He truly made our dining experience fantastic!
  8. BethW

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere! Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting NYC!
  9. lostdogross

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We went on Saturday at 5:45 it was the only time we could get . The place was almost empty and stayed that way until we left . The waiter was pushy . I had Halibut which was cooked perfectly . It had and excellent spicy red sauce . But nobody was given spoons and we didn't have any bread to eat the remaining sauce . The deserts were great and the complimentary Sherry was nice . Overall you get 4 stars and if you had bread and spoons you would have gotten 4.5
  10. JJSmith

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around
  11. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Pros: Waiter was great. Food was served quickly, so were the drinks. The waffles were delicious and so were the muffins and ricotta that were served as appetizers. Cons: burger and home fries were over seasoned. The oven baked eggs were fair, but not enough of a serving for a brunch. Eggplant and fried oyster at the bar were good. Tuna was way too salty.
  12. ElizabethKx

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came to NYC with my daughter in law. Had a wonderful lunch at Gato before a show.
  13. RichardT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Again, I flew across the country to have diner at Gato. And again, I left with the best experience yet. Each tone I go it is as good or better than the last. Keep it up Mr. Flay and Staff at Gato!
  14. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impressed!! Celebrated our Anniversary, and happy with everything from the Hosts to the Servers to the Amazing food! My wife is one of the toughest food critics and she was SPEECHLESS! So satisfied.
  15. Catchmeifyoucan

    Montreal

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience great attending service will recommend and will be back
  16. WestVillageHoodRat

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All around great meal. Be sure to try the lamb sausage pizza, winner!!!
  17. jayc

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service, great recommendations by our waiter
  18. TiffanyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service, both waiter and host. Will definitely be going back there the next time im in New York City.
  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything I expected. The Brunch was fantastic all courses.
  20. EmilyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was our second brunch at Gato. We love the creative menu and the dining experience.
  21. Mike

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm usually disappointed with celebrity chef restaurants but never Bobby Flay. I was a fan of the Mesa Grill but Gato is even better.
  22. Annoula1

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time to visit, I was most impressed with both the food but also the service. Extremely pleasant, made very good suggestions for food. I will definitely go back and will recommend to others. A real gem!
  23. DeepG

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with a lovely atmosphere highly recommended for brunch
  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Let’s just say Bobby Flay let us down.
  25. ElizabethM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  26. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific meal!! The fried chicken was amazing!
  27. RajP

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    We decided to dine at Gato for our 2nd wedding anniversary. What a mistake! The meal was almost completely substandard, very disappointing. The best points were the Burrata and Salt cod fritter off the bar menu and the octopus appetizer which were decent, if under-seasoned. The waiter insisted we try the eggplant and gave us a complimentary one. It was soggy and flavorless. This would set the tone for the evening. The waiter highly recommended the fried chicken main. “It’s like no fried chicken you’ve ever had!” Well, sort of true. The fried chicken was an under-seasoned, bland, piece of chicken breast. A sad state of affairs for my wife who hails from Texas. My lobster pasta was completely drowned in its sauce, the lobster barely visible. I was barely able to discern its flavor. The side of Brussel sprouts had to be the worst item, however. Completely submerged in its sauce and GREASY! We tried to send it back, but the waiter talked us into trying another one without the sauce. It showed up EVEN GREASIER, absolutely drowning in oil with no flavor. The dessert continued the trend with an espresso bread pudding which resembled nothing more than a soggy tiramisu. I was thankful for the biscotti on the side because at least it wasn’t soggy. Certainly not a $300 meal. Avoid!
  28. Jbre

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Every time, my experience is flawless.
  29. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Family trip
  30. LizU

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved GATO! Great experience, amazing wait staff and great food.
  31. joaofig79

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The quality of both the food and the service in Gato has declined drastically. The restaurant was half empty and it took them at least 25’ to bring our food after we requested it. They were also rushing us because the kitchen was “closing” at 3pm - during Sunday brunch! The food was very mediocre and really not up to the standards of such an expensive place. It’s a shame because this was one of my favorite restaurants in the city.
  32. Geordy

    New York Area

    179 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    179 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Sun brunch with friends. arrived separately and first arrival was seated, did not have to wait for entire party .A good sign. Brunch menu is short but runs gamut from breakfast/brunch dishes, eggs, waffles, to lucnd, buger, pixxa, pastas, salads. I had the poached eggs, delicious, the othesr the waffles and roast chicken salad, also tasty. Also split a side of the decadent bacon! Will return for dinner.
  33. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Oh how the mighty have fallen...the egg pasta with anchovy and chive pesto was literally swimming in an oil slick / sea / abyss ... the Brussels sprouts and green beans were not memorable, the lamb sausage pizza was moderately better that something from California pizza kitchen. The bright spot was the service which was mildly attentive. Would not return...save yourself...
  34. BVC218

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had family in from out of town and it was the perfect place to dine.
  35. MurielF

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    The food was delicious. The waitstaff was friendly but service was quite slow. The restaurant is a bit cavernous and dark. I would appreciate a warmer feel.
  36. AlexanderL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    our waiter Sushi is one of the best I've ever encountered
  37. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I was there in Valentine’s Day. Our reservation was late more than 30 minutes, so we had to sit at the bar cuz it passed 10:30pm. Food is good, however the price is way higher than the quality of food. The atmosphere is good, pretty nice and beautiful place. In ny you have better options for similar prices e.
  38. Betty

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the 10 best dinner experiences of my life. The food was just outstanding. What a culinary experience. And the ambience, the service and the drink. Just perfect. Definitely coming back
  39. MBMandanas

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We went for Valentine’s Day dinner. Had to complete form and scan in for dinner with credit card confirmation. Very strict rules. Then we arrived promptly at 6:30pm and told (in a bit of a snippy manner) that we had to wait for our table. Sat at bar where service got much better. Wine sommelier was excellent. Food was good but not spectacular, I am giving a pass as was a busy night.....the fish (main course) was rubbery. Everything else was very good. Would go again to try regular menu.
  40. KoZ2LA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was cold and the filet had no flavor. The pasta was not much better.

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Gato is rated 4.6 stars by 3747 OpenTable diners.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bleecker St and Houston St

  • Neighborhood

    NoLita

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking: <br />Mulberry St. bet Bleecker St and Houston St<br />East Houston bet. Mulberry St and Mott St

  • Public transit

    B, D F & M: To Broadway-Lafayette6 to Bleecker Street - N, R to Prince Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bobby Flay

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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