Tres Gatos offers fancy Spanish tapas in the front and houses an indie bookstore/music store in the back. The inviting, candlelit restaurant space is broken into small rooms that spill into one another, all in deep blues, soft grays, and smoky oranges. Take advantage of the business’ split personality with a stop at the sleek bar for a glass of cava followed by a stroll through the small store in the back, where new books meet used and CDs meet vinyl. The menu is a feast of Spanish cuisine with lots of vegetarian options, and mostly well-sized for the price. The chilled tortilla Española with pimentón aioli ($8) is perfection, and the grass-fed beef empanadas ($9), wrapped in a beautifully cooked pastry, have a floral appeal. Grab a seat out on the sunny patio or at the high-tops in front of the big bay window, where you can survey the bar and gaze out onto bustling Centre Street.
|Venue name:||Tres Gatos|
470 Centre St
|Cross street:||Roseway St|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Wed 5:30-10pm; Thu-Fri 5:30-11pm; Sat 10am-3pm, 5:30-11pm; Sun 10am-3pm, 5:30-10pm|
|Transport:||Orange line to Stony Brook|