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Map & Directions 245 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
  • Spanish
  • Sun 5:30pm-10:30pm, Mon-Thu 5:30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-12am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

You've probably been let down in the past by big, gaudy pans of paella, but head to Cata, a pretty tapas bar from the team behind the romantic West Village spot, Alta. The paella at this Bowery restaurant is made wide metal pans, in thin layers, with traditional Bomba rice. In the restaurant's richest and most exciting version, you'll find mushrooms and duck confit, a house duck sausage made from the legs and breast, and a little seared foie gras. Many of the traditional tapas are also worth ordering, like hot and fluffy cubes of fried chickpea puree, dusted with chile powder and a chiffonade of mint or crisp patatas bravas served with a lovely, dense froth of aioli that works like a fluffy mayonnaise. The space is light, bright and informal, with huge windows that allow the Stanton Street light to pour in. And while the long, communal tables can occasionally make for an awkward dining experience, the proficient service and lovely space lend themselves to an atmosphere that's very friendly, especially after dipping into Cata's huge selection of gin and tonics. --Tejal Rao

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  • harryh on 12/12/12

    They have a gin & tonic menu that's a full 24 items. Crazy.

  • Cover on 12/08/13

    best Gin & Tonic cocktail menu in NYC - try the Cucumber/Rose, super refreshing. Deviled eggs, Merluzza tempura, & skirtsteak were the standouts. Pay with Cover and skip waiting for the check.

  • Chris R. on 12/11/13

    The kaffir lime G&T alone is worth the trip. Both the broccoli and the cauliflower are solid choice. Don't forget to pay with Cover!

  • naveen on 11/11/13

    deviled eggs; tempura broccoli; meatballs w squid pasta; paella con fois gras.

  • Sheila M. on 06/13/13

    Killer pan con tomate, an ocean's worth of grilled seafood, and $40 bottles of wine to wash it down. You can't go wrong here.

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