Good Work, Flay!
Gato, gato, gato.. I had been trying to get a rez here forever. Finally I realized that if I tried at exactly midnight, exactly one month before, it was possible to get a weekday reservation for four at a normal hour. Even when we got there for our reservation, we had to wait 45 minutes to be seated, but it worked out because we got a great shot of Bobby Flay up close talking to the hostess.
We were seated right in the thick of things and a couple of us started out with glasses of sherry, which ended up complimenting the food beautifully, leaving a nutty after taste.
We went for the "chose three" option from the bar menu with steak crudo, burrata with beets and an artichoke heart, quail egg and uni combo. I really loved the burrata, but it was not so unique from any other. The steak crudo had a nice bite; it was more interesting than others I've had. I was intrigued by the artichoke/egg/uni number, but the egg totally overpowered the uni to where I could barely taste it. Also, these bar snacks were a bit too teeny tiny to share with just one other person.
You don't usually see scrambled eggs on a tapas menu, so we decided to go with that. They were nice and moist, with some cheese and almond romesco, great for the tomato toast.
The pizza was pretty great, lamb sausage and mint with a nice crispy crust.
We had to at least get one veggie and we decided to go with the cauliflower with peppers and agrodulce. I'm not such a big fine of the sweet and sour sauce, but the side was good overall and this was actually one of my friend's favorite dishes.
We also had the tortiglioni, which was a simple tomato, basil, eggplant and ricotta, but pretty taste.
Everyone's favorite was the kale risotto! What an interesting thing to have on a menu in the first place and then it was just really done right. The toasty crust on the risotto was amazing and the fried artichokes and egg were great touches. This is a must order.
I love pork and I love polenta, so naturally I enjoyed this porterhouse porkchop with romesco polenta yum yum. The meat was so tender and juicy as well.
Of course since it was a dinner club meeting, we each had our own dessert. I had the blackberry crostata with strawberry rhubarb gelato and it was pretty nice with a great flaky crust.
Others got the lemon tart, bread pudding and plum tart with vanilla black pepper gelato. For me, highlights were the bread pudding and the gelato.
Some tasty biscuits of pistachio and dark chocolate with the bill is always a great gesture as well.
Overall, the must of the food wasn't so unique, there were some new and different dishes and with Flay in the kitchen, everything was really cooked and seasoned to perfection. The service and nyc hot spot atmosphere were really great, too. However, we are still trying to figure out why its called Gato..
Visited for dinner. Decor was so cool and this restaurant was spacious.
Everyone needs to be present to be seated. I think dishes were good but the portion was moderate. My guy-friends were not that happy with that. (My bad. I picked this restaurant only because I wanted to check it out. lol)
We had octopus, kale paella, scrambled eggs, etc. Everything was great but not that "WOW" moment with the entire restaurant experience. My expectation was high...
Bobby Fray is doing great job here!
I went there with my clients who was visit New York. I always wanted to try Bobby Fray's restaurant, and I must say the food was amazing and I like how the floor was unique and the light was so pretty. I made a renovation since we were a group of 4 and I think it was good idea. I saw people were waiting to get table around 7ish (and mind you it was week day). It is bit pricier side but this place was totally worth it! We ordered Kale and Wild Mushroom Paella, Oven roasted shrimp, Crab Risotto, and couple other things. my favorite were the Wild Mushroom Paella, Crab Risotto. I would totally go back there for just the Crab Risotto.
Check out this Roasted Octopus, Bacon, Sour Orange, Pepper at Gato gatonyc1
Check out this Kale Paella, Wild Mushroom, Crispy Artichoke, Egg at Gato gatonyc1 // a couple artichokes were too hard to chew
Check out this Charred Beef, Valdeon Blue Cheese Brown Butter, Red Wine... at Gato gatonyc1 // wanted to love this but the quality of the beef was lacking at a $37 price tag
Tasty small bites to start, beef crudo, Piquillo filled tuna, brandade w squid ink n artichoke hearts, quail egg n uni.
Love this kale n wild mushroom paella w cripsy artichokes n egg.
Porterhouse pork chop was slightly over for my liking but it was well seasoned and still flavorful. I'll get it again ygoodness
Pan seared orata (a Mediterranean fish) w Piquillo pesto. Love this sauce mmm!
Duck confit w fregula sarda, delicate squash, mustard greens n pomegranates
Bobby Flay’s Noho restaurant Gato has Spanish-Mediterannean influenced cuisine that is bursting with flavor and creativity. It is a meal not to be missed.
Scrambled Eggs: Talk about maybe the best scrambled eggs I’ve ever had in my life. These were made with almond romesco and boucheron cheese and consumed like a spread over tomato confit toast. It had incredible flavor and texture and truly just melted in my mouth. I never knew eggs could taste like this. It is definitely a must-order dish.
Crab Risotto: This crab risotto with garlic breadcrumbs and calabrian red chile was pretty good. I liked the crab flavor, and the garlic breadcrumbs added a great crunch, but this was just a little one-note, especially after consuming the scrambled eggs.
Pizza with Lamb Sausage: I loved this simple pizza with lamb sausage. The tomato jam had such a unique flavor that just worked so well with the lamb and mint, which is always a nice pairing.
Tarragon Chicken: I don’t usually go for the chicken, but I was drawn to the idea of chicken with crispy potatoes, goat cheese and dandelion. Though the picture here isn’t great, the chicken is so juicy and flavorful and the crispy potatoes with goat cheese are some of the best (though a bit heavy). I would definitely get this again.
Charred Beef: This dish was composed of three thick cuts of charred beef covered in Valdeon blue cheese brown butter and red wine, and comes with a side of broccoli rabe-farro. The beef was perfectly cooked medium rare and the broccoli rabe-farro had a ton of flavor; I found myself picking at this even after I was full.
Saffron Linguine: This was saffron linguine with mussels, garlic and parsley. Not exactly what I expected, I still found this to be unique and tasty with strong flavors of saffron and seafood. The crab risotto and this saffron linguine were my least favorite dishes of the night though, and I might suggest skipping both and trying other items on the menu.
Pear & Cranberry Crostata: This was an incredible warm crostata filled with pear and cranberry topped with pumpkin gelato. I’m always a little skeptical of desserts like this because sometimes I can find the fruit to be a bit overwhelming, but here it was just perfect. And the pumpkin gelato had a mild hint of pumpkin that paired well with the fruit. Together it was a perfect seasonal dessert that really tasted like autumn/beginning of winter.
Chocolate Crema Catalana: This is the dessert to save room for. It’s basically a crème brûlée with chocolate cream and toasted hazelnuts on top. It was creamy, crunchy, and just delicious.
Gato: 324 Lafayette Street, New York, NY ($$$)
octopus, cauliflower, scrambled eggs, and mushroom paella were all standouts. get a reservation or sit in the lounge/bar
on top of crunchy in and dressing gatonyc even better than my first visit. Nice work,
Selection from the gatonyc . Left to right: , and salad, and on top of - that's egg on egg :). Perfect to go with a Provenal
with crispy and egg. This is the highlight of the night! combining crunchy and earthy mushroom flavor. The egg yolk adding buttery taste and creamy texture. This is 4th July fireworks on your tongue! Cherry on top, they gave us roasted on the house :)
Gato, Bobby Flay’s latest restaurant, asks us to ponder whether a TV chef best known for throwdowns and gimmicks, for a line of spice rubs and a middle-brow empire of tourist traps, can still cook food that matters.
For now, the answer is emphatically yes. Gato is so good, in fact, that it invites you to forget his multiply cloned restaurants at various casinos, his half-dozen TV shows (that’s only the active ones—there have been many others), his cookbooks, and his burger palaces in eleven states.
Flay is omni-present on TV, but he was once a serious restaurant chef. With the critically admired Mesa Grill in 1991 and Bolo in 1993, he was on the way to the kind of restaurant empire that chefs like David Chang and the Torrisi gang have built in New York today.
He chose a different path, proliferating his brand outside New York, and augmenting it with a lineup of cookbooks, spice rubs, and especially TV shows, where his good looks and winning smile made him a natural. He never entirely took his eye off his kitchens: he was already a minor industry in 2003 when William Grimes upgraded Bolo to three stars.
But the New York restaurants gradually faded. Frank Bruni demoted Mesa Grill to one star in 2008. Bolo closed in 2008 to make way for condos, Mesa Grill in 2013 after losing its lease. His remaining New York City restaurant, Bar Americain, was well off the radar.
The loss of Bolo stuck in his craw, and there were persistent rumors he would re-open it. He was certainly patient: he told Eater.com that he looked at “hundreds and hundreds of spaces” over “five or six years.” After securing a liquor license under that name, Flay changed his mind and called it Gato, after a stray cat that walked by while he and his partners were scoping the storefront they eventually chose.
No one disputes that Flay has been enormously successful by many measures, but he apparently realizes that many people no longer take him seriously as a chef. Jeff Gordiner’s obligatory New York Times puff piece captured the chef’s dilemma:
Gato represents an obsessive midlife quest for Mr. Flay, and a test case for whether any celebrity chef can command both the mass-market spotlight and credibility as a culinary auteur. Can a guy who hosts “Worst Cooks in America,” oversees an expanding network of mall-ready burger joints, and currently has more brand presence at the Mohegan Sun casino than in Manhattan return to his roots and win hosannas for a serious restaurant in his hometown?
New York will soon find out. “I’m putting myself on the line,” he said.
At this point, if anything has a chance of beating Bobby Flay, it’s fame itself — the widespread impression that he is drawn more by the glare of the soundstage than the glow of the stove.
People think that I don’t cook,” he said. “And it’s just the furthest thing from the truth.”
For now, at least, Flay is indeed “on the line.” Multiple bloggers (not just the famous ones) have spotted him at Gato, and he’s in the kitchen, not glad-handing at the tables. It is hard to believe he’ll be there often after the review cycle is over—his other commitments are too daunting for that—but for now, he is, and Gato is terrific.
The cuisine is vaguely pan-Mediterranean, not Spanish as Bolo was, but the food is in Flay’s immediately accessible, flavor-forward style. He does not challenge the diner, but what he does, he does well. By today’s standards, the restaurant is mid-priced. A section of the menu labeled “Bar” (but orderable at the tables as well) offers 13 little tapas-like snacks, any three for $17. Conventional appetizers are $14–18, vegetable side dishes $10, entrées $24–35.
There’s some ambivalence about the mission. The handsome half-timber dining room features exposed brick on the walls and ceiling, tile floors, wooden tables, and red accents on the banquettes and light fixtures. Nothing about it suggests the Mediterranean. Should Gato fail, it could become another branch of Bobby Flay Steak, and they wouldn’t have to change a thing.
Likewise the wine list, which fits on either side of a broadsheet: it’s more Spanish than anything else. And yet, California, Oregon, and France have prominent guest-starring roles, as if diners wouldn’t accept an all-Mediterranean list.
But give credit where it is due: a 2007 Rioja was fairly priced at $56. A sommelier served it in the right glassware, and at the correct temperature.
We started with a trio of bar snacks ($17). The kitchen confused our order, sending out two we had ordered and one that we hadn’t. The server apologized and sent out our original third item separately.
We had the artichoke heart with quail egg and sea urchin (top left); chorizo crepinette with apricot mostarda and pickled brussels sprouts (top right); eleven-layer potato with caramelized shallots and fried sage (bottom left); and white anchovies with sour orange (bottom right). There wasn’t a dud among the bunch; they’re terrific starters that I’d happily try again.
Scrambled Eggs ($14; above left) might be Flay’s most inspired dish here, and that’s saying something. He mixes them with almond romesco, boucheron cheese and tomato confit, and serves them with toast.
There are two pizzas on offer. The kitchen comped the pizza with lamb sausage, tomato jam, mozzaralla and mint (normally $17; above right). If pizza were the only item served, this could very well be the restaurant’s signature item.
Vegetable Paella ($27; above left) is an experiment that could easily be a flop; here, it’s brilliant. Kale, wild mushrooms, and crisp artichokes are arrayed in concentric circles with a fried egg in the middle. The server stirs it all up, and you’ve got instant magic.
Charred Beef ($35; above right) is the most expensive entrée, but well worth it. The preparation of the beef is masterful, with a charred crust and ruby red interior. Bleu cheese impart a flavor somewhat like dry aging; there’s also brown butter, red wine sauce, broccoli rabe and faro beans.
The service here is better than it has to be. Silverware and plates were replaced after every course (never a given with shared plates). Runners appeared repeatedly to wipe the table clean. The restaurant was almost full on a Wednesday evening, but the kitchen kept pace, and had the timing just about right.
Flay may insist that he’s in the kitchen for good, but no one could seriously believe that. Will the menu change periodically? Will the quality of the food remain so high after his attentions are diverted? History suggests it will not. If you go to Gato at all, you should go now.
Food: Vaguely pan-Mediterranean with a pan-Everything wine list
Service: Surprisingly polished for a place this populist
Ambiance: A large and bustling but generic post-Industrial dining room
my fave dish at tonight's dinner w evachen212 & sylvia101: the incredibly tasty kale & wild mushroom paella! crispy artichokes, poached egg. socarrat. perfection! kale paella socarrat
roasted octopus from dinner last night. bacon. sour orange. pepper. so tender & lovely. octopus friends bacon pork
Gato, Greenwich Village, NYC
Must try: Scrambled Eggs, Mushroom and Kale Paella
I’ve always loved Bobby Flay on-screen but not quite so much his restaurants. For me Mesa Grill and Bar Americain were just okay. However, I think that Gato is probably one his better openings yet.
Gato, which debuted to high praise, is Flay’s brand new Mediterranean spot. What’s cool is that the Chef himself is on hand in the kitchen and can be seen cooking here often. The space is massive is packed on most nights.
The menu which has many small plate options has a wide range of offerings. I really liked their take on “Scrambled Eggs”.
The octopus came highly recommend but was chewy – a big disappointment. However the “Kale and Mushroom Paella” reigned supreme. It was a fantastic rendition and all vegetarian. I think it was my favorite dish of the night.
I know that Gato has opened to rave reviews but I didn’t fall in love with it. I think the food is very good here for most part and the service is great. It’s a very solid restaurant in many ways but just not one that endeared itself to me.
Here is some of what we ate:
Oven Roasted Shrimp Roasted Octopus Scrambled Eggs Gato Spreads with Buckwheat Pita Roasted Cauliflower Mushroom and Kale Paella Apple Crostata
Chef Bobby Flay ”Gato”
chef Bobby Flay *\(^_^)/*
Bobby Flay’s newest restaurant, Gato, opened a few months ago on Lafayette Street in NoHo. I’m sure you’ve probably been to one of Chef Flay’s restaurants before such as Mesa Grill (closed) or Bar Americain. Honestly, I wasn’t much of a fan of his restaurants, but I changed my mind after visiting Gato! I even went twice within one month which is unusual for me. Chef Flay has created a very impressive, new style of Mediterranean cuisine. On your first visit you must try the tapas listed at the top of their menu. You can choose three tapas for $17. I tried 6 dishes between the two times I visited. I forgot a camera my second time there, so I don’t have food photos of everything I ate. My favorite tapas was the Beef Crudo, Lamb Tenderloin, and Piquillo Filled With Raw Tuna. You can see my photos below.
Three tapas for $17
I enjoyed the rabbit with couscous so much that I ordered it again on my second visit. This time the dish came with vegetables instead of fava beans. If you read my blog regularly, you know that I’m a huge fan of fava beans! So, I wish it came like that all the time. It was still yummy, though. ;)
RABBIT FREGULA SARDA, CHANTERELLES, PEAS, CARROT HOT SAUCE $30 ♥♥♥♥
I love that you can see the kitchen through a glass window because you can watch Chef Flay hard at work. It was wonderful to meet him on my first visit, too! ;) I recommend Gato for any night of the week. I also suggest you go soon while Chef Flay is still cooking everything himself. I believe the first few months after an opening a famous chef will work in the kitchen to make sure operations run well. Don’t miss your chance for his personal touch to your meal *\(^_^)/*
BEEF CRUDO PICKLED FRESNO CHILES ♥♥♥♥
LAMB TENDERLOIN SALSA VERDE ♥♥♥
PIQUILLO FILLED WITH RAW TUNA SAFFRON SAUCE ♥♥♥
MUSSEL & RAZOR CLAM SALAD SAFFRON PICKLED SHALLOTS ♥♥♥
Why Come Here? Mediterranean Crowd Pleaser from Bobby Flay, NYC’s Best Paella
Gato, Bobby Flay’s first new New York restaurant in over ten years, opened to high praise in 2014. Clearly the word has gotten out as he still appears to be packing in the crowds every night. So yeah, I was a little late to the game eating here last week. But better late than never.
It’s easy to see why people were enamored by his new place. Cool space in a 100 year old warehouse with metal columns and a colorful tile floor. Friendly and attentive staff at all levels (which can be surprisingly difficult to come by these days). And a lengthy menu mixing Mediterranean favorites with some interesting new preparations. It’s an all-around crowd-pleaser that’s perfect for everyone from clients, to parents to friends and dates. It’s hard to think of a bad time to eat here, unless maybe you’re coming from yoga. Don’t come to Gato in yoga pants.
In spite of this I found myself slightly less excited than others with the place. The massive menu must have close to 50 dishes, and it’s hard to do that many really well. This showed with a few misses, although everything was enjoyable for the most part. It just lacked enough true standouts (other than the paella) to warrant the massive hype. Maybe I set the bar too high. Don’t get me wrong you will have a very good meal here. Just not a great one.
Kale and Mushroom Paella As anyone who has ever been to Spain can tell you, one thing NYC does not do well is paella. But lovers of the crispy rice dish can rejoice, the version here is perfect. The rice on top is firm and a little crispy while the stuff on bottom is practically a savory rice krispie treat. Practice your scraping skills because you won’t want to miss a kernel.
Some delicious spreads at Gato especially the yogurt and green chiles.
Scrambled eggs with almond romesco, voucher on cheese and tomato confit toast. Yeah, this is really good.
A ton of awesome small plates including chorizo, eggplant and an 11 layer potato. Seriously.
This charted beef with blue cheese is so good that it makes me want to fight people with forks.
Dear porterhouse pork chop, I want to buy you expenses jewelry and take you on an exotic cruise.
Gato is a Mediterranean restaurant located in NoHo district of New York City. Bobby Flay is the celebrity chef who sometimes makes an appearance behind the line. They also feature Spanish dishes. Their ratings distribution is heavily weighted in the five star category, making them a safe pick.
The crab risotto and mushroom paella are mentioned by many reviewers to be definite highlights. They mention that they are creamy, packed with flavor but not overly heavy, as it could easily be. The risotto in particular is quite generous with the portions of crab, which reviewers appreciated.
Reviewers note the atmosphere is fun, hip, young and exciting. It is perfect for date night, with a dimly lit and intimate atmosphere. They say that it is an amazing vibe that is worth it in and of itself to visit. It is a spacious restaurant that is conducive to relaxing and enjoying a meal.
The service is rated as professional and indicative of a five-star establishment. The wait staff were knowledgeable, efficient, and attentive. Reviewers note that these staff are clearly people who think of serving as their career instead of just a job and do everything to perfection.