Restaurants, Mediterranean Downtown
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 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia Rollison


 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia Rollison


 (Photograph: Virginia Rollison)
Photograph: Virginia Rollison


Food Network megastar Bobby Flay—who made his bones with Mesa Grill (1991–2013) and Bolo (1993–2007)—makes his big return to the New York dining scene. With eight—count 'em!—TV shows on rotation, the flame-haired toque puts the chef’s whites back on for this 130-seat Noho canteen. From a fan-baiting open kitchen, Flay dispatches Mediterranean-influenced plates, like mushroom-kale-and-egg paella, lamb tenderloin with salsa verde, and oven-blistered chicken with goat cheese and dandelion. At the rectangular wood bar, find small plates like scallop tartare and toasted tomato bread, alongside cocktails like the Paco (vodka, blood-orange juice, cava). Furbished with tiled floors, steel-and-glass chandeliers and 22-foot-high ceilings, the digs are spacious, but with Flay at the helm, expect it to be more jam-packed than a paella pan.


Venue name: Gato
Address: 324 Lafayette St
New York
Cross street: between Bleecker and W Houston Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 5pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to Broadway–Lafayette St; 6 to Bleecker St
Price: Average main course: $30. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Christa Sully

Ok, Bobby Flay. Not bad.

I was expecting this place to be over-hyped, but from what I ate and the entire setting, it was anything but. The space itself is stunning: high ceilings, lots of brick, steel beams/pipes, perfect bar situation. The space alone is worth checking out, but make sure you try the food and drinks too. 

My date got a Scotch cocktail, which was good, and I chose a crisp rose. Both the wine and cocktail lists had enough to satisfy didn't tastes. Although I didn't order off the bar bites menu (despite sitting in the lounge), we ordered the pasta and the paella. Both were great, but the paella was amazing and I would order this again.. and again. I'll definitely be making another trip soon.

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