After almost a decade off of the New York culinary scene, celebrity chef Bobby Flay returns with Gato, a Mediterranean affair that sees the Mesa Grill impresario in the kitchen, cooking on the line. Featuring both a kitchen and bar menu, there's no g... more
After almost a decade off of the New York culinary scene, celebrity chef Bobby Flay returns with Gato, a Mediterranean affair that sees the Mesa Grill impresario in the kitchen, cooking on the line. Featuring both a kitchen and bar menu, there's no going wrong here, with appetizers that stun every conceivable sense, like oven roasted shrimp in Diavolo oil and oregano, a crag risotto with garlic bread crumbs and Calabrian red chile, and two different pizzas, not to mention mains like a kale and wild mushroom paella with crispy artichokes and egg, charred beef with Valdeon blue cheese brown butter, red wine, and broccoli rabe, tarragon chicken with crispy potatoes, goat cheese and dandelion, and more.
The space is impossible to pin down aesthetically, with heavily mirrored walls and warehouse-style windows and a ceiling of brick bordered by black columns and inscrutable lighting. Yet it somehow comes together cohesively. And anyway, with a menu like the one at Gato, you could be eating in the alleyway and still rave about the experience!
Gato is located in the NoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.
NoHo—the small neighborhood north of Houston (hence "NoHo")—serves as a buffer zone between Greenwich Village on the west and the East Village on the east. Compared to its southern neighbor SoHo, NoHo is a relatively quiet area, despite its proximity to (and some would say its overlapping borders with) New York University. The exact boundaries of NoHo are debatable and seemingly moveable (like many New York City neighborhoods), but it is generally understood to be bounded by Astor Place and Houston Street (on the north and south) and Broadway and The Bowery (on the west and east).
Far from the farmland it used to be, NoHo is now a fashionable and hip piece of New York’s most vibrant real estate. The former warehouse and retail district is a bona fide historic district, with over a hundred buildings ranging from the early nineteenth century to recent years. The neighborhood is home to majestic structures like Colonnade Row, the Cable Building, and the Schermerhorn Building, as well as the Joseph Papp Public Theater and Joe’s Pub. NoHo's history as a retail center is on display at the Merchant's House Museum, a family home kept intact that dates back to the 1800s.
Not that NoHo's days as a retail mecca are over, by any means. On Broadway, you'll find a massive American Apparel store, as well as local favorite Andy's Chee-Pees and every other type of store imaginable, rivaling nearby SoHo's offerings. NoHo's loft-heavy residential offerings have long been home to artists and writers, so it's hardly surprising to find great bookstores like Mercer Street Books, not to mention art house theaters like the Angelika Film Center and the stage venues like Astor Place Theatre, home of the Blue Man Group.
As for the overlapping parts of the NYU campus, two of the most renowned departments of the university—the Gallatin School Of Individualized Study and the Tisch School Of The Arts--are both located on Broadway in Noho. In August, NoHo is involved (along with much of Manhattan) in Summer Streets where huge swaths of city streets are turned into pedestrian walkways, bereft of cars and trucks. The annual NoHo Art Walk showcases emerging artists and the many wonderful art galleries in the neighborhood.