Cata

Cata

Tapas Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KongMarch 14, 2013
    From the folks who brough us Alta, Cata's standouts include chickpea fritters, deviled eggs, mushrooms a la plancha and an extensive G&T list. Great for groups!
  • Andrea H.
    Andrea HongFebruary 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my fave tapas places right now. Gorgeous space, great G&Ts, lots of yum. Chickpea fritters, winter salad, bikini sandos, lamb, skirt steak, halloumi, deviled eggs - & this torrija for dessert!
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListFebruary 6, 2013
    Taste - Spanish tapas, Mussels Escabeche, Shaved Fennel Salad Dessert - Caramel Ice Cream Sundae Fact - Communal tables offer enough elbow room for both private conversation & accidental flirtation Read more
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbackDecember 10, 2014
    I'm not sure why this place isn't always full; it's great! For a nice date night, get a couple small dishes (maybe oysters and duck pastrami), a main (duck paella is delicious), and a bottle of wine.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarJune 2, 2015
    Goddamn this place is good. So many great G&T's. And the snacks! Can't go wrong with chickpea fritters, eggplant labne, merguez sausage, bikinis or the quail egg benedict. Must come back for more!
  • Sharon S.
    Sharon ShafirFebruary 18
    The service was excellent, and each course was unique and extremely delicious.also great cocktails and really great vibes for a date or meeting on he bar for a great night with lots of tapas choices
  • Veronique V.
    Veronique VFebruary 6, 2014
    Love love love. Quail egg Benedict? Delicious and delightful. Bikini? Truffle for days. Chorizo/shrimp/chicken wing paella? NOM. Affordable wine list, warm and cozy atmosphere and great G&Ts.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorMarch 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I have not had a bad dish here. I esp love the razor clams - totally delicious. And I love the fact that they now have a larger cocktail menu. The old fashioned I had tonite was great!
  • Ruchika B.
    Ruchika BhallaDecember 31, 2016
    Not super impressed by the entrees, but love the vibe and service of the place. The drinks are great, especially the Gin&Tonic selection and The Peacemaker. The fried goat cheese is to die for.
  • Kat
    KatJune 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic tapas and great space. Also tons of types of gin & tonics. Tapas: recommend chanquetes (fish) and gambas (shrimp) al ajillo, montaditos escalivada/cabra, pimientos de padrón and bravas
  • Mary Elise Chavez
    Mary Elise ChavezDecember 22, 2012
    Go w/ a group and get glutinous. Wonderful staff, fine interior and sharable plates like the paella, meatballs, quail Benedict, deviled eggs, strip steak with blue cheese and ham grilled cheese are A+
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BarrezuetaJanuary 28, 2015
    Absolutely love this place. Great food and ambiance. This time the standouts we had were the merguez and the chicken croquettes. The Bombas needed more jamon but still love love love.
  • Cover
    CoverDecember 8, 2013
    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.
  • Jaclyn .
    Jaclyn 💃🏻April 21, 2013
    Dinner for two w/o fish? App: Cana de cabo cheese. Entree: Skirt steak w/ egg (recommend 1 each person). Chickpea fritters & artichokes on the side. Dessert: Caramel sundae to share. FTW!
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BacharachOctober 27, 2012
    Hot damn this place is good. Caramel ice cream sundae w/ toasted marshmallow stole the show but try deviled eggs with fried oyster - so delicious! Only downside is the noise - bring your hearing aid
  • Mike J.
    Mike JacobsonSeptember 19, 2013
    Holy shit. If you don't like these I'll pay you back: chickpea fritters, duck pastrami, *sea bass a la plancha*, curried cauliflower, roasted bone marrow. Dessert: *torrija*, salted caramel sundae.
  • Dina
    DinaApril 24, 2014
    Great Spasnish/American tapas bar. A great option for a busy weeknight - almost always a space. 20 different kinds of gin and tonics- try smoked coconut, amazing! Fun, delicious food.
  • Alex Z.
    Alex ZaltsmanApril 20, 2014
    Outstanding tapas place that is a sister restaurant to Alta. Makes you feel like you're back in Spain. Gin is the drink of choice with a variety of tonic water/garnish combos.
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria U.September 18, 2013
    Delicious Madrid style tapas. They even have migas! I suggest the deviled eggs, quail eggs benedict and sepia (Cuttlefish)- all delicious when washed down with some vermouth!
  • John G.
    John GershmanApril 8, 2013
    Deviled eggs, amazing. Chickpea fritters melt in your mouth. Leeks, perfectly grilled on toasted baguette. Amazing G&Ts-- especially grapefruit, cinnamon, Thai basil, kaffir lime.
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroJuly 13, 2015
    Absolutely: quail eggs Benedict, bikini Montadito, sea bass carpaccio. probably: asparagus a.plancha, roasted bone marrow, duck pastrami, deviled eggs, chicken croquestas. Avoid: foie gras Montadito.
  • Dina
    DinaApril 24, 2014
    Not very authentic but great food. Almost always possible to get in a weeknight. Shrimp with garlic is a must. Gin and Tonic drinks are great. Would skip expensive paellas and get more tapas instead.
  • Chris E.
    Chris EvansApril 2, 2016
    Much like their sister restaurant Alta in the West Village, great selection of tapas and wines. Make sure you try the goat cheese balls with mars alone and honey.
  • Emily M.
    Emily McDonoughOctober 7, 2012
    Dessert!!! Sangria sorbet, chocolate bread with sweet and salty breadcrumbs and troija with grapefruit and orange. Amazing amazing desserts!!
  • Nick
    NickJanuary 4, 2016
    We loved every tapa we ordered. Bone marrow crusted oysters were the stand out for me. Cucumber and rose gin & tonic is different but not crazy, the way it should be
  • Leah S.
    Leah SchallerMarch 29, 2015
    If you have an affinity for G&T's and fabulous tapas, this is the place to go. Deviled eggs, Octopus and the Chorizo Paella are a must!
  • Jesse H.
    Jesse HutchisonMay 24, 2013
    A gin & tonic heaven. Get the oxtail, goat cheese, chickpea fritters and chorizo, prawns and wings paella.
  • Geraldine V.
    Geraldine Visco2 weeks ago
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent food, tapas, great gin and tonic! Also pleasant to sit at the bar too. Nice staff!
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangMay 15, 2013
    Great seafood but the best dish of all time? Deviled eggs with oysters. 10 orders please!
  • Mel
    MelJanuary 31, 2013
    Leeks bruschetta w romesco sauce was mind blowing. Deviled eggs w fried oyster was awesome as well. And oxtail - melt in your mouth. Do it!
  • Tom W.
    Tom WahlinDecember 10, 2013
    One day I'll be able to say I've tried all the gin & tonic variations. Lemon Thyme FTW. Oh yeah, don't forget to use Cover here ⚡️💰
  • Alex C.
    Alex CasariegoDecember 30, 2014
    One of the best meals I've had in NYC. I can't wait to come back! From the pan tomaquet to the G&T list, this place is amazing.
  • Sheila M.
    Sheila MarikarJune 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Chris
    ChrisDecember 11, 2013
    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!
  • Irene F.
    Irene FeleoAugust 13, 2016
    Small portion tapas but super tasty and flavourful. I would go with the lamb ribs and prawns. Fried goat cheese is a must! Cocktails are unfortunately over priced for what they are.
  • Jori B.
    Jori BellFebruary 2, 2014
    Everything was great but highlights were: chicken croquettes, sea bass over spaghetti squash, chick pea fritters, and the sundae for dessert.
  • Olivia S.
    Olivia SlutskyJune 3, 2016
    Went for cocktails, ended up having delicious margaritas and oysters. Will be back to try more.
  • Nicole
    NicoleMarch 22, 2013
    Sit at the bar, ask Adam for a wine recommendation based on your tastes, and order anything on the menu. And get the oxtail.
  • Wayne Y.
    Wayne YuMay 5, 2013
    Go for the meatballs with squid ink pasta, bone marrow, and razor clams. Skip the grilled kale. Nice moderately priced Iberian wine list.
  • Miguel L.
    Miguel LopezJune 17, 2015
    Great for regional Spanish fare. It's a bit too cramped, though, and the light fixtures are basically dangling in your face. The kitchen has things figured out, the rest of the house not so much.
  • Carl D.
    Carl DispotoDecember 30, 2016
    Food was excellent, service was attentive. Only drawback was that it is a very loud environment which make it tougher to have dinner conversation. But the atmosphere is extremely lively.
  • Anechka M.
    Anechka M.June 22
    Great paella with huge prawns and excellent chorizo. The appetizers choice was so so and over priced. Jamon plate is ridiculously small but still good.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanOctober 18, 2016
    Cozy intimate tapas spot, good for dates or large groups. Highly recommend the fried goat cheese and lamb short ribs.
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaJanuary 3, 2016
    The variety of G&Ts is worth coming here alone. Add on the great food and you have the perfect tapas bar.
  • Naz C.
    Naz ColakogluFebruary 5, 2015
    Unbelievable good 9.9 !!! Sundae, squid ink paella , seabass carpaccio , chickpeas fritters oh and smoked coconut g&t ❤️
  • Kevin G.
    Kevin GrantSeptember 20, 2016
    Delicious food. Some of the menu items you might overlook are actually fantastic, thinking of the flatbread specifically.
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Innovative menu, extensive wine list and reasonably priced. What a great found! Would recommend for first date too :)
  • naveen
    naveenNovember 12, 2013
    deviled eggs; tempura broccoli; meatballs w squid pasta; paella con fois gras.
  • Wendy Q.
    Wendy QiuMarch 27, 2015
    Got the kumquat clove gin and tonic subtle flavored .. Really good .. Each g and t come with different bottled tonics.
  • Chavelli
    ChavelliJuly 20, 2013
    PINTXOS!!!! The deviled eggs are awesome, and of course make sure to get one of the specialised G&T's
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