Gato

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$50 and over
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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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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Gato requires a credit card number to secure all reservations for our Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes. Cancellation of these reservations made later than 48 hours in advance will be subject to a cancellation fee of $50 per person. We look forward to welcoming you!

Tuesday, 24 December, 2019

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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
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4.5
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4.0
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EK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

A few things were quite good - the seared yellowtail on the bar menu and oven roasted shrimp, but overall the food fell flat and the service matched. We ordered several small plates and were so unimpressed we skipped opting to pay for a full entree that was likely to be mediocre. We had a nice Sancerre that was very good, however.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always superb !!!!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food is superb. The portions are small. A bit pricey. Desserts are spectacular. Single bathrooms are a pain. Location is just off the subway. Bobby is often there but we missed him this night.

RK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My second time there. My only gripe is portion size. I think they could be more generous.

DS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning experience! Everything about GATO comes together so beautifully - the design, the service, the atmosphere, and of course the food and drink! My fiance and I went for my birthday- I got the rabbit, he got the swordfish and we shared the portobello mushroom. Great portions that were satisfying, not gluttonous, and didn't leave us hungry but with just enough room to share a dessert. We went with the semolina cake, which they brought out with a candle for me (ha!), and complimentary sips of cream sherry that paired beautifully. WE WILL BE BACK!!!

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful bar and restaurant. The hosts, bartenders and waitstaff were very welcoming. Food was delicious....great flavors and presentation. We would definitely go back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

I was given a gift card for my birthday from some friends for a nice date night with my boyfriend. We were Seated 30 mins late. Seated in the corner behind the bar. We were given two free dishes for being seated late, which was nice, but overall the food was very oily and not great at all.

When it came time to pay, I told our waiter I had a $150 gift card (I called earlier in the day to confirm and was told they had it on file). The manager came over and said he didn’t have it on file. He went back to check, and didn’t even come over the confirm. Our waitress eventually came back and told us it was taken care of.

Definitely won’t be back here again.

LS
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

I always choose or recommend Gato when the occasion calls for great foot, a wonderful buzz in the room and welcoming service -- and nobody around the table is too price sensitive. It's a special place and worth it! The flavors jump off the plate; who would have thought that brussel sprouts could be as delectable as dessert or that a vegetable forward paella could be so crave worthy.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Our waiter was not attentive, we never got bread at our table, I was given a dirty knife, and the food was not worth the $130 we paid. Do not recommend.

CL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

The service at Gato was rushed, clumsy, and uneven. We either had to wait 15 minute to order drinks, or hardly had time to finish appetizers before entrees arrived. Portions were all over the place, the beef being quite small, and fried chicken, quite big. Serving staff seemed overwhelmed and pushed plates over with new plates, making the whole table a mess and quite noisy.
Thankfully, the food was very good, and the restaurant is beautiful. Probably won't be back, though.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food, ambiance and decor. Our water was little absent but overall great brunch!!!

RC
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’ve been to Gato several times, and we have never been disappointed. The service was again outstanding, and the food was excellent. We actually went back a few hours later and had snacks at the bar. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience5

Had to wait 40 minutes even though we had a reservation for our table. They weren’t helpful and just plain rude when we checked in about out table. Overall service is just bad.

CP
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Imaginative food and delicious combinations! Tables a bit close together and therefore very loud, but otherwise a fabulous experience!

EW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Food was definitely not up to par and the service was awful. They only brought three of four entrees. When I called the waiter he said “Don’t worry. It will be right out” but he was not nice or apologetic about it. It took at least another 5 minutes for it to come. They also forgot to bring a side dish which I had to bring to his attention. We had to wait for that to come too. Not rushing back.

AG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The service wasn’t great and the portions were VERY small.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about this place was great. Food, service, atmosphere, etc... Will definitely be going back.

r
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tremendous and delicious. The small bites were perfect size bites with a ton of flavor. My favorite was the eggplant and squid. The wine we ordered was perfectly matched for our meal! Well done

f
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Portion of pasta was so small for 29 a plate. Had to ask for bread as well. Cool vibe if you are looking for night on the town.

s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Portions were very small.

RW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

I took my wife to Gato last year for her birthday and the experience was incredible. We returned this weekend and everything was lovely except the food. The food seems to have dropped in quality. Very disappointing.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

The hostess was super rude. After trying to seat us next to a column with no room and four other vacant tables they allowed us to move to a separate table only after sitting down to ask us to move again claiming that they needed them for a big party and requested we get up and go back to the hostess stand. Only to dispute the fact that there there were two other tables adjacent to one another that would be put together. In the end not only did a party of four never show I the service by the water was great. Very small portions for the high cost

LV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything we had was wonderful from drinks to apps to mains thanks to the recommendations of our excellent server Steven. We’ve had him before and in fact requested that we be seated in his section because he is simply the best.

GG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

You could see where Bobby Flay wanted the food to get to however the kitchen staff are just no match for his aspirations . Lazy and badly executed and lacking finesse sadly.

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gato was excellent!! Every dish was signature Bobby Flay. Can’t wait to come back.

NR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding!! I loved the food, the space, the cocktails...We shared a bunch of dishes. The pumpkin marscapone caramelle and the charred beef were amazing but I have to say the dessert and the cocktail were even better. The espresso soaked bread pudding may have been the best dessert I've ever had.

EV
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

every bite of dinner was delicious! I wish I could have eaten more. For dessert, the pumpkin cheesecake was sublime. The olive oil cake was just ok.

BB
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I loved Mesa Grill and picked this place for a birthday dinner while visiting NY, but I didn't mention the birthday when making the reservation. The Place is beautiful though a little too dark and noisy for my taste. The service was great and the food very good. Our waiter picked up on the birthday and brought me a small cake and candle and all our table glasses of wonderful sherry. The whole experience was the best birthday ever!

RS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

I liked Gato, do not take this for a bad review, it is not. However, the restaurant has a brick ceiling, brick walls, and of course, a hard surface floor which makes for a fairly loud room. I have been in worse. Perhaps noise does not bother most people, however, it makes me an unhappy diner. I heard conversations all around me and even across the room. My husband and I dine early to avoid packed dining rooms so that I can avoid "these conversations". I don't return to restaurants where this occurs, even though my family loved the fried chicken. It ought to state on the menu, it is ALL white meat chicken. I am NOT a white person...chicken-wise. Would it have cost that much more to stick a spud on the plate? We were informed by the waiter that the plate is just the chicken with nothing else. Tacky? Does it say, "order more?" However, the squash vegetable we ordered was very good. When chefs and investors put their money into restaurants a little noise-reduction material would be MUCH appreciated. "Do you hear me Grand Central Oyster Bar?" Seriously loud with very good food, too.

RB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the service to the food, the experience was excellent. We were made to feel comfortable even though we were travelling and were maybe a little under dressed. The food was perfect. We finished with dessert and port. Wonderful experience!

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food, great service, great ambiance, suitable for any occasion.

FB
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an amazing experience! Our server Stephen was so pleasant and helpful. The food was amazing!! The only thing missing was Bobby Flay! Would love to have met him. Maybe next time! 💖

C
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a great time at Gato and the staff did an awesome job accommodating my son's allergies. Food was amazing and the only thing that would have topped the night off would have been a visit from Bobby Flay himself. :)

XL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Wonderful dinner with friends. Two of us had the Bar appetizers - our waiter and many reviews said these were 1 or 2 bites each but most of them were actually 4 bites and easy to share. The halibut was astounding. I imagine the place gets really noisy as it fills up - nothing to buffer or absorb sound - but if you go at an off time, it’s fine. Will definitely return.

MS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

So disappointed. Went to New York for the weekend and put GATO on our to do list. Was made to wait with a half empty restaurant. The waitress did not come for 10-15 minutes. Our food was small portions. The $22 salads were small and incredibly average. The waitress was not attentive at all.

HR
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

A disappointing experience overall. The food is pretty expensive, which is fine, except that nothing was very delicious in my opinion, even at a regular price much less what they're asking. French toast is way too sweet. The steak and eggs was underwhelming. Best thing we ate was burrata appetizer, but since the appetizers are sold in mix and match "3's", and I only wanted that one option, it was a tiny portion. Wouldn't recommend to a friend.

r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As always excellent food and service. We always enjoy Gato

MK
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Amazing food and my husband was elated as he got to meet Bobby Flay. Service could be improved.

LC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Awesome experience great flavours
Experience was made even better by our waiter Cory

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