We went to have a drink with the intention of going elsewhere. This is due to our preconceived poor attitude – “oh it’s Bobbly Flay, can’t be that good. (given how touristy Mesa Grill / Bar American are in midtown)” However, the space is beautiful with vaulted ceilings and a sizable bar. The glass window into the kitchen revealed Bobby himself hustling away. So after the first cocktail we realized that the food actually looked pretty good, and smelled even better, so we opted to stay.
We were not disappointed. Bar snack trio (great pairing for cocktails at the bar) is sociable and fun. The eggplant, layered potato were highlights. Then we moved along into the crab risotto (amazing) and spicy octopus salad, finishing off with the juicy pork chop. One of the other signature dishes is the rabbit – which on Friday night was sold out. The wine list is impressive and unique, yet approachable.
All in all, Gato is a fantastic addition to the neighborhood. Check your attitude at the door and enjoy. Loud, social and bustling make it suitable for big groups.
324 Lafayette Street
New York NY
Tel. +1 212 334 6400