Gato

Chef Bobby Flay ”Gato”

Gato

 Gato            324 Lafayette St, b/t Houston St & Bleeker St, NYC

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chef Bobby Flay *\(^_^)/*

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Bobby Flay’s newest restaurant, Gato, opened a few months ago on Lafayette Street in NoHo. I’m sure you’ve probably been to one of Chef Flay’s restaurants before such as Mesa Grill (closed) or Bar Americain. Honestly, I wasn’t much of a fan of his restaurants, but I changed my mind after visiting Gato! I even went twice within one month which is unusual for me. Chef Flay has created a very impressive, new style of Mediterranean cuisine. On your first visit you must try the tapas listed at the top of their menu. You can choose three tapas for $17. I tried 6 dishes between the two times I visited. I forgot a camera my second time there, so I don’t have food photos of everything I ate. My favorite tapas was the Beef Crudo, Lamb Tenderloin, and Piquillo Filled With Raw Tuna. You can see my photos below.

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I enjoyed the rabbit with couscous so much that I ordered it again on my second visit. This time the dish came with vegetables instead of fava beans. If you read my blog regularly, you know that I’m a huge fan of fava beans! So, I wish it came like that all the time. It was still yummy, though. 😉
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RABBIT FREGULA SARDA, CHANTERELLES, PEAS, CARROT HOT SAUCE $30 ♥♥♥♥

I love that you can see the kitchen through a glass window because you can watch Chef Flay hard at work. It was wonderful to meet him on my first visit, too! 😉 I recommend Gato for any night of the week. I also suggest you go soon while Chef Flay is still cooking everything himself. I believe the first few months after an opening a famous chef will work in the kitchen to make sure operations run well. Don’t miss your chance for his personal touch to your meal 🙂
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BEEF CRUDO PICKLED FRESNO CHILES ♥♥♥♥

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LAMB TENDERLOIN SALSA VERDE ♥♥♥

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PIQUILLO FILLED WITH RAW TUNA SAFFRON SAUCE ♥♥♥

MUSSEL & RAZOR CLAM SALAD SAFFRON PICKLED SHALLOTS ♥♥♥

Gato

Au Za’atar

Arabian dinner at “Au Za’atar”

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Au Za’atar 188 Avenue A, Corner of Ave A & 12th Street, NYC

Famous Queens NY food blogger Joe suggested Au Za’atar for our dinner meeting. I was exciting to meet Joe for the first time. I never had Arabian food before so I didn’t know what to expect before coming here. This place opened a few months ago at the corner of Avenue A & 12th Street in the East Village. I’m kind of a #hotmess as a food blogger, but I didn’t really care what to order this time because Arabian food is a cuisine that is out of my area of expertise. That being said, Joe pretty much ordered dinner for us. Sometimes I can be very picky as a food lover, but once in a blue moon I can be less demanding about what to order, too. We first got there around 7pm and the place was quiet, but by the time we left at 10pm it was packed. I thought the Kibbe Naya lamb tartar with scallion and mint was spicy, good, and a little unusual. Joe was doing a tartar contest a the time so it was perfect for him! YAY *\(^_^)/*

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Although, I have to be honest that I didn’t care for any of the other dishes……BUT BUT please listen!! My girl Eva (a.k.a RockShic) invited me a week before my visit here for dinner, but I couldn’t join her. So I am going to read her blog about this place and decide if I should give it one more try or not. I’m also interested in seeing what her favorite dish was that night. If I return to Au Za’atar I will update my rating and food photos again. For right now I can only give 3 hearts (>_<)”

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Soujouk spicy beef sausage sauteed with fresh tomatoes and olive oil $8 ♥♥1/2

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Escargot Ail “Garlic” sauteed with fresh herbs and garlic butter $12 ♥♥1/2

Kibbe Naya lamb tartar with scallion and mint $10 ♥♥♥

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Fried Califlower ♥♥

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