Cafe Gitane at The Jane Hotel is the bigger, somehow even cooler older sister of the original French-Morrocan outpost on Mott Street. And given that it’s located directly inside a "hotel" that's really just a night club with beds above it, this place has a slightly different vibe. Let's just say that this location gives you the opportunity to feel even more self-important while Sunday brunching. But not as much as the douche who runs the door here on the weekends.
Once you make your way inside to Cafe Gitane (assuming you get in), tons of tables and natural light will greet you, as will a line of girls in Rag and Bone hats waiting for a seat, hopefully in proximity to someone even slightly famous. In addition to the occasional celebrity, this Cafe Gitane has a bigger menu than the Nolita location, with twice the breakfast items and three times the amount of tables. It's still the place to hit up if you need a fix for their OG avocado toast after a night of bad decisions - there's just more action and more options here.
Check the Food Rundown for the daytime meal highlights, and make sure to wear your Sunday best (hat). You never know when you’ll end up sitting next to Leo.
Pro tip: You won't.
A spicy, tomato-y skillet pan filled with runny egg yolks and plenty of sauce for dipping slices of toasted French baguette. Because you need something to soak up whatever you put in that stomach on Saturday night, and this is delicious. A must order.
Light, fluffy, buttery and not too citrusy. Get 'em for the table and share, because you will want a taste of everything.Organic Chicken Satay
The chicken is perfectly charred, and the creamy peanut sauce has a kick to it. The carrot salad cools it all down. The rice is an afterthought, but makes for nice combination bites.
One of the most Middle Eastern options on the menu, these meatballs are small, juicy, and taste like they have a little curry in them (turmeric, yo.) The cucumber yogurt is tangy and unexpected on top, and kind of reminds you of a falafel without the pita. Very good - for those who don't mind spices.
Gitane is known for their seven grain bread - that ish is often imitated, never replicated. Proscuitto, brie, and mustard layered in the middle of two slices will make you happy. Very, very happy.
As serious as the seven grain bread is, the focaccia doesn't disappoint either. Fresh and cold thick cuts of mozzarella mixed with salty tapenade, sweet tomatoes and fresh basil make a seriously fine mix for a Sunday morning. Or a Tuesday afternoon. Or for whenever, because everyone likes good cheese and good bread.
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