Peeking Inside Bobby Flay’s New ‘Gato’ Restaurant on Lafayette

Posted on: February 13th, 2014 at 6:03 am by
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It doesn’t look like much is happening at 324 Lafayette Street, which previously housed the BRC shelter. That fifteen-foot plywood shed has been holding court for months, and decaying at quite the pace. Behind that encasement, however, is Bobby Flay’s newest number – Gato.

Flay told the New York Times last month that Gato is “the most important thing I’ve done in a decade – period.” Okay. Well, this significant Noho addition will meddle in Spanish/Mediterranean cuisine upon its opening in the coming weeks.

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In a recent tweet, the chef-owner announced February as the month for launch, yet that seems like a rather tall order. We passed by the storefront yesterday and had an obstructed peek inside; the space is mammoth and will hold some 150 seats.

There’s lots of unfinished business to resolve before the Bon Apetit preview party at the end of this month.

Check it out.

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