What to Eat at Gato, Bobby Flay’s New Mediterranean Restaurant

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Fresh fettucine with squid ink, Spanish red prawns, mussels, and green-onion sauce. Photo: Melissa Hom

Bobby Flay's returning to the New York scene with Gato, his 3,640-square-foot restaurant on Lafayette Street. The Mediterranean menu, which draws influence from Spain, Italy, France, and Greece, includes dishes like scrambled eggs with almond romesco, lamb-sausage pizza, kale-and-mushroom paella, and charred beef with blue-cheese brown butter. Rockwell Group designed the sprawling space to evoke the feeling of a rural Mediterranean village, and it includes a 12-seat lounge, a 20-seat solid teak-wood bar, and a 117-seat dining room with windows overlooking Crosby Street. Note that Gato is still in the soft-open phase, but there is a limited number of reservations available to the public now. Take a look at the décor, the menu, and a few of the dishes, straight ahead.

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White anchovies with sour orange; piquillo filled with raw salmon and saffron sauce; artichoke heart with quail egg and sea urchin.Photo: Melissa Hom

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Pizza with lamb sausage, tomato jam, mozzarella, and mint.Photo: Melissa Hom


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Steamed halibut with Sicilian olives, mint, anchovy, couscous, and saffron-tomato broth.Photo: Melissa Hom


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Ceramic blue tiles, leather sofas, marble-top coffee tables.Photo: Melissa Hom


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The bar's in the center of the room.Photo: Melissa Hom


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The floors are made of custom-designed cement hex tiles handcrafted in Vietnam.Photo: Melissa Hom


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Signage.Photo: Melissa Hom

Menu [PDF]

Gato, 324 Lafayette St.; 212-334-6400