Cata

No dinner reservation on a Saturday night…Cata to the rescue. This spacious, LES restaurant has large windows that open up to the street, perfect for the summer season.  I love the decor of this place; exposed brick walls, wooden beams, bar-height tables, and industrial light fixtures. 

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There is a Gin & Tonic menu, with 20+ varieties of G&Ts to choose from.   

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The food is Spanish tapas, so we got a bunch of dishes to share.  These bite-size lobster rolls were yummy.  Wish they were a little bigger…  Same can be said about the duck pastrami.  

 POACHED LOBSTER BRIOCHE

POACHED LOBSTER BRIOCHE

 CHICKEN CROQUETTES 

CHICKEN CROQUETTES 

 DUCK PASTRAMI WITH PICKED MUSTARD SEEDS, CORNICHONS ON A PUMPERNICKEL CRISP

DUCK PASTRAMI WITH PICKED MUSTARD SEEDS, CORNICHONS ON A PUMPERNICKEL CRISP

The acidity of the rhubarb balanced the richness of the foie gras nicely.  

 GRILLED TUSCAN KALE

GRILLED TUSCAN KALE

The Bikini is basically a monte cristo sandwich.  Simple, but really good.  Love the taste of the truffle.

 BIKINI - JAMON SERRANO, BLACK TRUFFLE, MELTER SKELTER CHEESE

BIKINI - JAMON SERRANO, BLACK TRUFFLE, MELTER SKELTER CHEESE

The Fideos is a twist on the paella; instead of being rice-based, it's made with rice vermicelli. I think I'll stick to paella in the future. 

 FIDEOS - CLAMS, SHRIMP, SEPIA, PULPO, SEA BASS, WITH BLACK ALLIOLI 

FIDEOS - CLAMS, SHRIMP, SEPIA, PULPO, SEA BASS, WITH BLACK ALLIOLI 

I think our waiter was shocked that we still wanted desserts after inhaling so many dishes. The desserts were just ok. I was expecting a proper Lemon meringue tart rather than the mini deconstructed version that we got. In the future, I would probably skip the dessert (and I don't say that lightly) and just get another glass of G&T. 

 BANANA WAFFLE

BANANA WAFFLE

 LEMON MERINGUE TART

LEMON MERINGUE TART

Verdict:  AA-.  Great place to meet friends for impromptu drinks and some nibble. The portions are a bit small for the price, so don't come too hungry.  

Cata
245 Bowery (@ Stanton Street)
http://catarestaurant.com