Native New Yorker and TV celebrity chef Bobby Flay has bid the small screen adiós for a very good cause – his first new restaurant in almost a decade – but despite his lengthy stint away from the commercial kitchen, Flay fans will be pleased to know the former US Iron Chef hasn’t lost his refined edge. His just-launched offering, Gato in vibrant NoHo, showcases typically Flayvian fare, with a focus on freshness, flavour and modern Mediterranean inspiration reminiscent of his and partner Laurence Kretchmer’s now defunct diner Bolo.
Named for a mysterious feline who appeared in the then gutted space, the sprawling, brick warehouse has since been reborn as an ambient, multi-area housing a small lounge, 20-seat solid teak bar, and a large rear dining room with windows overlooking bustling Crosby Street. No matter your seat, the menu remains the same: starter snacks include crispy fried artichoke with sea urchin and an oozy quail egg yolk centre, while bold, earthy appetisers span paella with shiitake mushrooms and kale, succulent rabbit tenderloin glazed with sweet carrot sauce, and charred beef dressed in rich Valdeón blue cheese and brown butter. Decadent desserts come courtesy of long-time Flay collaborator, pastry chef Clarisa Martino, whose hazelnut-crusted Chocolate Crema Catalana is a Nutella-lovers darkest desire. Loosen those belt buckles, the Flay-vour is back!
324 Lafayette St / NoHo / +1 212 334 6400 / 5.30-10.30pm Sun-Thu, 5.30-11pm Fri-Sat /