Gato

4.6
3320 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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Dallas
17 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

When the roasted corn side dish stands out, you know the rest is not up to Bobby Flay standards. Stick with Mesa. Sea bass was a big dissapointment.

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SS
New England
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gato is my new favorite NY restaurant...!
Not a single bad bite... everything was exceptional...!

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

Amazing. Great service all around from hostess to wait staff! Food was delicious. Definitely get the octopus and lamb pizza!

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

Absolutely loved Gato! The restaurant itself was beautiful, and the staff was beyond amazing. Our waiter heard it was my birthday, and he went above and beyond for us! I will 100% come back. The food was to die for!! So delicious!

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KG
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

My wife had the fried chicken and it was excellent. I had the porterhouse pork chop ordered medium. Pork chop was over cooked and dry. I mentioned to the waiter (who gave excellent service). While I didn’t want to receive anything for this feedback, no manager or anyone else responded to this feedback. Overall very disappointing for a Bobby Flay restaurant.

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EM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably delicious dinner! Loved every bite! I ordered the halibut and it was extraordinary. Would love to go back again soon!

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

So many flavors and not a bad dish! Artisan cocktails are also a nice feature. Easy task get to as nearby many subway lines.

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

The octopus appetizer was tender and delicious...reminded us of the same in Portugal recently.

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Emma our server (a fellow Canadian) was amazing. It was our anniversary and she helped make it very special. The mussels and pork chop were the best we have ever had. The French Martinis were also better than any we ever had.
We highly recommend Gato especially for special occasions.

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SB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is just incredible! Reasonable prices for an Iron Chef (The GOAT).

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CV
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much to all the staff for making our dinner so amazing. We had a horrible experience on our first night in New York when the restaurant we had reserved cancelled our reservation for a private event and did not bother to contact us to let us know. When you found this out everyone went above and beyond to make us feel welcomed and took excellent care of us. The burrata was exceptional!

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MD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Really, really awful service. Had to ask random servers walking by repeatedly where our server was to even get our order placed. After we got our drinks and FINISHED them...took over 20 minutes after they were finished for our server to even swing by and see if we wanted to order another glass of wine. Almost went to the bar to start ordering additional drinks. Food was also far from exceptional. Pizza was ok. The rest was not up to my expectations.

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r
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, really great service and a great nyc space. The smart casual dress requirements are not needed as there was a chap there in shorts . But if that's the worse that I can think of, shows you how good it was

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Probably my favorite restaurant

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The receptionist area could use some improvement. Saying goodbye to patrons post dinner would be important in my view.

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little bumpy at arrival, but table service made up for it. Wonderful experience for a family get together - food was splendid, staff were attentive, non intrusive, friendly. The room design feels warm timeless and people seemed to respond well to it. We all said we could easily come back...

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LR
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Terrible service and mediocre food.
I went two years ago and had a fantastic experience this time was awful.
The waiter was unprofessional and downright rude.
The food was OK at best.
Don’t recommend and won’t be back.

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Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal- bobby flay knows exactly what he’s doing. So many different flavors and plates.

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Manitoba
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Overpriced, very noisy. Aside from the scrambled egg dish (which was outstanding), the other dishes (scallop, shrimp and chorizo appetizers) were OK. The portions were very small. Our main course (the kale mushroom risotto), was rather mediocre in flavour. It has a rushed vibe. The food comes very fast. You’re in and out and may feel hungry afterwards.
Very expensive hour!

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JP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and drinks, gorgeous space, friendly service

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday while in NYC for the weekend. He is a huge fan of Bobby Flay and we were certainly not disappointed! Everything was excellent- the food, the staff, & the ambiance. We will be there every time we are in NYC!!

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

My third time at Gato, always a very nice meal but never left feeling like it was an amazing experience, especially for the money. Food is always tasty but there seems to always be something that is not perfect. For spending over $500 for 4 people, I expect to be overwhelmed.

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BD
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a celebratory dinner, so we went all in and ordered a lot of options. Everything was excellent. The fried chicken and the pork chop seem like pretty basic entrees, but they were prepared with true expertise. The "bar" section at the top of the menu is basically an extended appetizer option list, so there's just a lot of selection.

Bobby Flay's best restaurant yet, and I think one of the best options in NYC.

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LF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is in a large, open brick building. Decor is casual and tasteful. The chairs were very uncomfortable. The food was delicious although tiny portions. Booths can accommodate 5-6 small people with additional chairs. Larger groups will feel cramped.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Waiter Derrick was amazing! Thank You Gato!

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n
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Could not have been happier.
Had gone when “Gato” first opened as we were enormous fans of “Bolo”. Very disappointed at that time.
Years later, we have tried again ...we’re THRILLED!

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still miss the variety of the Mesa Grill but no less Bobby Flay Signature taste!

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Food and ambience was very good but server was extremly rude. We were asked to choose our food and wine immediately upon being given the menus. She was agreesive and condescending. We were told the kitchen was closing and we needed to hurry.

The reataurant shouldn’t accept late reservations if they are going to rush the people. The biggest issue is that the server was not speaking to us in a polite way. It was as though she was doing us a favor letting us eat there.

It started from the moment we got there until we left. I love Bobby flay reataurants but will never eat here or recommend it to anyone again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great spot with phenomenal food by Bobby Flay.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to Gato in the hopes of giving the date of June 1 a special new meaning (last year we were dealing with a major health crisis). The food from the start to finish was absolutely delicious. Everything was beyond amazing. Becky was the kindest sweetest soul who went above and beyond making sure we enjoyed the evening. We were also very lucky because Bobby Flay was in that night and we got a chance to meet him. Can’t wait to go back soon!

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Perth / WA
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch experience & food EVER!!! French Toast & pomegranate bacon is to die for...as is the GATO Burger...corn muffin...chorizo ❤️

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to come here for a long time. Did not disappoint. Charred Beef was incredible. Mixed drinks were very good.

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ZM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience! Very nice ambiance, good service, good food and good price. We tried the scrambled eggs, and the octopus for appetizers. The creamy corn was excellent as a company to main entrees. The dark chocolate dessert was spectacular! Good job!!

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B
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was AMAZING!!! Service was very attentive and prompt.
I thought it was a little loud and it isn't inexpensive but I'd go back in a heartbeat to experience the food!!!

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Perth / WA
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exciting flayvors!

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JP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, and we even at a table away from Bobby Flay!

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KG
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great. The service was underwhelming. They didn’t seem to care about their job. Additionally, I notified them that we were celebrating my wife’s birthday and they didn’t even mention it.

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SY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really not worth price. Micro dishes at Michelin star prices. Appetizers were good and meticulously put together, my complaint is on their actually entrees.

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SL
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal we’ve ever had! High quality and a great environment. The service is exceptional and made the evening just that much better. Our server, Cory Rawli, gave the best recommendations and creating a really enjoyable dining experience!

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YY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at Gato was truly fantastic. The taste and flavors were amazing. Unfortunately the portion sizes were extremely small. Would definitely come back for a super special meal or a fancy occasion, not really date night or everyday dining.

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