Gato

4.7
3134 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

They were out of chicken.

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JL
Denver
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!
Great service,
Extremely uncomfortable chairs which undermines the ambiance and the comfort of dining..

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F
Richmond
37 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!! Should have a Michelin star. Best octopus ever. Everything was delicious. Flavor and texture in every dish. Thanks

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Customer service was excellent since the moment we walked in. Food was delicious and a very nice environment! I recommend 200%!!!

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

Gato was absolutely outstanding!
Food was delicious.
Service was excellent.
Ambiance was very energetic yet comfortable.

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KR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond our expectation. It seemed like an outdoor cafe - indoors. The lighting and mood was amazing. Service was amazing. and the food was definitely amazing right along with the choice of wine down to dessert. My husband and I celebrating our 15 year anniversary. It was a perfect dinner and we would return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointing. Brunch was just meh.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had a great time. The food and service were both exceptional.

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

Terrific menu!

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J
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I’ve always recommended. Toast with the great scrambled eggs was burnt. Pork chop a little tough, rabbit in previous trips is amazing

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner with old friends.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite restaurant stuns us again! This was the first time I'd been with just more than one other person (my 3rd overall), and the service was efficient and accommodated us with everything we needed. Kudos to the genius Mr. Flay!!

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RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Octopus, Ricotta, Rabbit, Paella—all outstanding.

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OT
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening! Our waitress offered great advice on the menu and was very attentive.

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KG
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We treated ourselves to dinner at Gato and enjoyed the experience. The food met all of our expectations!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly unique and unbelievably delicious menu that was very shareable. Staff was engaging and knowledgeable. We had a very special evening!

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were excited about finally getting to Gato and it did NOT disappoint. We did the brunch and every bite was stellar from the small bites to the actual brunch itself. Atmosphere was great and not too loud and crowded. Recommended to anyone.

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food wasn't quite as good as I had hope it to be. Service was A++

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We came in on a Saturday night with a 9:45pm reservation for 4. It took about an hour to get us seated but they apologized and got us a great table. Our server was an absolute professional in every way and we really enjoyed a wide variety of items from the menu. I’d recommend coming here but be sure you have your reservation worked out with the front.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. Got upgraded to a better table. Food and service was noteworthy.

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SR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around fantastic night...incredible food, festive but low key, great vibe and crowd. Loved it.

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Weekend visit w my daughter

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F
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have come to Gato numerous times for dinner. This was our first time coming from brunch and it was delicious! Our drink Becky's mimosa was a nice, tart twist of a typical mimosa. The pomengranate bacon was like candy. My poached eggs with spicy hollandaise sauce were delicious as were the olive muffins and hash browns. As always, Gato is very accommodating with diners who have dietary restrictions. The staff here is the best!

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JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Brunch in NYC! Get the polenta waffles!! The food was so comfort food weekend hugs!

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TL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

OUTSTANDING! Highly recommend getting the octopus, the ricotta, and the paella. This place is great for a small group to share several plates and get a taste of everything. Don't forget dessert!

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C
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic! Good however didn’t meet my expectations as I’m a BIG fan of Bobby Flay and honestly thought his food would meet that. The appetizers and dessert were good however our main dish was average. Potatoes with over fried 😝 and oily. And chicken was flavourless.
I was SUPeR excited to meet Bobby - please he made time to say hi. Would go back but I wouldn’t order the chicken.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travelled from Toronto just to go to this restaurant for a special dinner and it certainly didn’t disappoint. An absolutely spectacular evening! Terrific food and wine and service. The wine sommelier was very helpful in suggesting wine to accompany our dinner. The atmosphere overall is warm and unpretentious. Just an exceptional experience. Also special thanks to our friendly and helpful waiter Augusto. Can’t wait to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had reservations at 6:30, Restaurant was busy and we were sat in 5 minutes. Service was prompt, food was great and several managers took the time to say hello and asked us how we were doing. Bobby Flay was in the kitchen and that created excitement for all around our area. I would recommend this place to anyone who is in NYC visiting for the first time. Great food and great area of the city.

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Let me first say that our waiter Cory must be commended ... he was warm, welcoming, witty, and went above and beyond. The food speaks for itself... AMAZING!!! Every dish more impressive than the next. Dessert was good, not great, but the drinks, bar small plates, appetizers, and entres exceeded our expectations. I shouldn’t be surprised that Bobby Flay would serve up the best shrimp, pulpo and paella, but I was. Looking forward to my next visit.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Went for lunch. Service was terrible. They also need some fries on the menu for lunch!

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HK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service and very accommodating for a large party!

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J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great Bobby Flay concept. Excellent service. Excellent value. Beautiful decor and atmosphere. Very polite staff and never did you feel rushed!

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D
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flavors of the food were on another level. The staff was friendly and efficient. I thought the prices were very reasonable for the size of the entrees. Pleasant surprise, not stuffy, fun atmosphere!

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T
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great professional service and some very good dishes. Overall impression for me was of a very well run restaurant with great staff and tasty meals.

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LR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We tried a bit of everything on the menu. We all picked our 3 bites, ordered 4 appetizers, entree and veggie dish and of course dessert. The scrambled eggs and veggie paella are a must! The dining chairs could be more better though, not too comfortable.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Even with a reservation, we had to wait over an hour for a table. The restaurant needs better management.

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S
Washington DC
191 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife loved her vegetable paella (rice was perfectly cooked), and the chicken tarragon was so fresh and flavorful. James provided outstanding service and, on a snowy Sunday evening when the restaurant was not packed, moved us to a better table (i.e., one not adjacent to a server stand).

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ME
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service and the sommelier could not have been better! We had a great time, fantastic wine, delicious food and cool atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

For some reason I was expecting more, but I want to come back and give it another shot. The menu was small but their dessert was delicious. I would come back here again for lunch and try something different!

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GZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

not super impressed. the french toast was describe as being "almond crusted" -- it was basically a doughnut with some almonds sprinkled on top. super sweet.

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