Gato

4.7
3210 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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New York Area
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food was very tasty. Only negative was that whatever they make in the kitchen on a regular bases (perhaps the oil they use in frying something?) really smells badly and permeates the restaurant. Makes for a somewhat unpleasant dining experience. However, the food is really good!

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NY
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food so so, not even a shadow of previous times...in fact, disappointing.

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

I was surprised by everything. Wasn’t expecting much.
Food was simple but exquisite in taste. Our server (Dash) was outstanding. Prompt service good and honest suggestions.

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

The good is excellent, reLly wonderful, service a tad intrusive too many waiters too many times trying to move us along while we were there less than an hour and a half. At $200, for two, they need to lay back. And how about some light in the bathroom. The concept of drunken 2am grunge bar lighting for the price point is pretentious.

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A
Milwaukee
90 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Amazing food and drink and atmosphere and amazing service. So glad we were able to make a stop at Gato to enjoy Bobby Flay’s culinary experience!! Highly recommend

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RH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gato was everything that I expected a Bobby Flay restaurant would be. The Octopus was divine, the Cauliflower was superb, and the Strawberry pie was to die for. The cocktails and wine selections were perfectly matched to the style of food. Our server was gracious, knowledgable and payed attention to all details. I would describe the vibe as unpretentious with a side of excellent taste. A winner in my book! Thanks Bobby!

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JA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gato was an outstanding experience. Our server, Cory, knew the menu so well and was able to answer every question we had. The food was all cooked perfectly. Save room for dessert!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food, and service! A must visit while in NYC.

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AL
New England
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. No complain at all.

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RL
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely positive. Good was second to none!

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P
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is perfectly seasoned, paella has that wonderful crispy rice that you want on the bottom. Not one dish needed any alterations . LOVE GATO!!!!

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

I feel that I went in March 2018
And the menu was not as good
And the portions are now smaller

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Amazing Service! Corey was so knowledgeable of the menu, excellent recommendations and unbelievable service. Thank you for making our evening delicious and memorable.

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CH
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service
Delicious unusual dishes that were perfectly prepared
Knowledge of server was beyond exceptional
Loved everything ❤️

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n
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first time having brunch at Gato, usually it's just dinner. While it was good, I would not call it exceptional for the price point. I would stick with having dinner here in the future. The service, as always, was stellar though!

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S
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I wanted to experience brunch at a Bobby Flay restaurant and visited Gato this past Sunday. Service was remarkably warm and excellent, and the vibe of the place is comfortable and cool. A good spot pre-theatre, with friends for an upscale meal or for a family celebration. Equally good for groups and couples.
The food was good, as expected. I was a bit disappointed with the small portion of the entrees. I had the charred beef for $28 which was 2 slices of beef and 1/2 cup of soft scrambled egg. My husband ordered the baked eggs which came in a very shallow ramekin. We ordered potatoes and bacon ($9 each) to supplement as sides.
The cocktails were good, not spectacular, cost $14 each and the tumbler was 75% ice. So, $14 for a perhaps 3 ounce cocktail which wasn't special enough to be worth the price.
Overall, I was happy that we went to experience the restaurant. We enjoyed the food but didn't find it special enough to visit there again.

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

This was my second visit to Gato. The previous time was for a NYE dinner in 2017 and I have to say I thought this most recent visit wasnt as good. I might have built it up a bit in my memory, but I just thought the flavors weren't as punchy this time around. Also our waiter brought out small glasses of sherry for everyone and said they were complimentary because it was my birthday, but I remembering receiving them comp the last visit as well so not sure how special that move really is. A friend of mine is sober and did not order any alcohol during the whole dinner, and when they brought out the sherry he gave her a glass and that bothered me a bit. Just wish he had took notice to the fact that she wasnt drinking alcohol and offered her something else that wasn't alcoholic.

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H
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I love Gato and brought my friends for a Saturday night meal to celebrate one of them getting engaged. The bar staff helped me pre-pay for the bottle of champagne and had it brought to the table when we were seated. As I’ve been here many times, I can say that occasionally the food is better and occasionally it is less spectacular. I felt like this meal was a little less spectacular although still very good. Maybe everything sat waiting to be brought out, I’m not sure, but I don’t ever remember the crispy potatoes having egg whites on them (an egg yes, but it looked like a cooked egg white was thrown on and didn’t add much flavor). We ordered one of the pizzas (I wouldn’t bother again) and a lot of the shareable dips, but honestly I’d skip those next time. The ricotta was my favorite of the bunch. The scrambled eggs were delicious, as were the carrots, and the paella is always a good choice for yourself or to share.

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PW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Best octopus I’ve ever had. The grain salad with the rabbit was also noteworthy. Restaurant was a bit dark, but food was incredible.

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KM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, fun atmosphere. My husband loved his burger, but not a lot of gluten free options for me as I have Celiac.

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MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had to wait 30 min for a table for an 830 reservation. Sasha the hostess was very nice and we received a comp app for waiting. Food was amazing.

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RG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Bobby Flay never disappoints ever! Highly recommend for a fun night out

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JT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service that allows you to savor the varied tastes on the menu. Bar trios are a great entry into a diverse and layered menu. The eggplant appetizer has a complex flavor profile that will leave you wanting more. The paella was ordered by every table within vision, and everyone raved about elevating such a seemingly simple dish to a new standard! Worth visiting.....more than once!

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JA
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

In my humble opinion, they need to get some sound attenuation work done in the ceiling. Brick ceilings. It was very loud early on but then as the crowd thinned, it was a bit better but one had to speak loudly.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous experience all around! Food and service top notch! Jorge really took care of us. Highly recommend!

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JT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Service was outstanding! Would return for sure.

Need more light in the washrooms.

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MK
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! The restaurant was quiet, wait staff were attentive & friendly but not intrusive. And the food was FABULOUS!

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It wasn’t for us, empty and the food was average. Hostess very sweet, bartender also polite, I didn’t feel the place was very clean

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool design, interesting and delicious plates, great wine list

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L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Sunday brunch here. The food was amazing, the ambience fun, and the service impeccable. Highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Portion really small and ordinary for the price.
Steak was not as tender as I expected for 3 little pieces $42
Not worth the price

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, great food

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was beautiful, the food was exceptional. One thing would have made it better....to have seen and taken a picture with Bobby Flay!

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l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Both meals here were totally delicious, and both times the table service was perfection.

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KH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate a job promotion based on a recommendation. I’m annoyed I cannot remember our waiters name because he was phenomenal. He was the experience. The food was delicious. All of the flavors incorporated into the meals had us drooling - we couldn’t pick a favorite. Would absolutely go back.

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C
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Ambiance is wonderful but the service and quality of food was pretty awful, considering the prices and the fact that this restaurant is attached to Bobby Flay. Flavor was mediocre and the steak, supposedly their most popular dish, was almost too tough to eat. Service is a place any restaurant can knock out of the park but this place felt like any other moody diner in NYC. Pretty disappointed we wasted our anniversary at this place.

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F
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, best octopus we have had and we have eaten it at numerous fine restaurants. Seating is a little congested but everything else was great.

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MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is absolutely amazing!
Service could be improved - server seemed annoyed a bit when questioned about options although he claims he was there to answer any questions we might have.

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

Best food I've ever eaten in my life! Must go there.

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and our waiter was one if the best we have ever had anywhere

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