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GATO, 324 Lafayette (between Bleecker Street and East Houston Street), NohoThe first thing that every chef must learn how to cook are eggs. If you can’t master the art of scrambling a perfect set of eggs or folding over a beautifully cooked omlette, you’re going to have a rough time ahead of you. So when celebrity chef Bobby Flay announced he was opening a brand new restaurant in New York City, everybody figured he’d be able to at least scramble some eggs – even the naysayers that complained he was more of a TV personality than an actual chef.

Well, at Gato, his Spanish-influenced tapas restaurant, he proves that he can cook way more than just eggs. We had a spectacular meal including some tasty, but complex little bar snacks (like an intricate seven-layer potato and a sweet and smoky eggplant with manchego cheese), a rich and crispy vegetarian paella, and a phenomenal charred octopus with sour orange and bacon.

Scrambled Eggs at GATOYet surprisingly the most impressive dish was the one Flay might have been cooking since his first day at culinary school. If I ever boasted about my perfect fluffy eggs, this masterful plate puts me in my place. A bowl of aforementioned eggs sits alongside toast that’s been kissed with tomato confit oil and an earthy, spicy almond romesco awaiting to be constructed. The eggs have been scrambled with butter, creme fraiche, and boucheron goat cheese. No wonder they’re perfect. But it’s the extra components that continue to make this seemingly pedestrian dish sing beautiful music.

Those that say Bobby Flay can’t cook need to visit this restaurant. And I want to see them make scrambled eggs taste this spectacular.

GATO
324 Lafayette Street (between Bleecker and East Houston Street),
Noho
(212) 334-6400
gatonyc.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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