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Posted by HungryEater83 on 02/05/2013
YUM! I've been a fan of Cafe Gitane for years now and finally made it over to the West Side to try out their spot in the Jane. Delicious! It was so nice to see that the menu and service were consistent to what I have come to expect at their Mott Street location. I was also happy to see a burger on the menu! Having tried pretty much everything at their other location already I went for the burger and it was GREAT! It's definitely a trek to go all the way to the west side for a meal but well worth it if you're headed here. You can soak in the good food, good music, and good vibes and relax for before heading back out into the chaos of the city. Also, this location has a full bar! Woo hoo! Quite a change from the cafe. I'd say this feels more like a restaurant without sacrificing any of the intimacy of a smaller space. Take a trip across town (or maybe in your own neighborhood?) and give it a shot!
Posted by Souil Yvel on 10/22/2012
I have been to going to Cafe Gitane at the Jane for over three years now and was always surprised by how the experience could change from amazing to okay depending on the time or day. Well today this has changed, in the last 6 months, every thing has been brought up a notch. The waitress are really welcoming and funny, they might not manage brunch stress at their best but it is forgivable. The bar has been re done and I was so amazed with what they did, they went from having three liquors to 30, the baristas/barmen are doing a much better job and the cocktail list has changed and is for once original while keeping it simple and classic. This place brings some fresh air to the West Village and I strongly recommend it!
Posted by anonymous on 02/12/2012
While the food was great, the service was absolutely atrocious. I understand it was a busy Sunday, but my experience was simply unacceptable. After ordering, 3/4 of our party got their coffees yet I waited another 5 minutes for my tea. While I appreciated the added steep, it was the wrong tea. I requested the correct tea and it was brought to me immediately, without steeping, so my first cup was plain hot water. Again 3/4 of our party was brought their food at the same time, yet mine took several additional minutes. As I said, the food was great, delicious all around -- baked eggs, waffle, avocado on toast -- spectacular. It was so good we decided to order another round of small bites. It took several flailing arms to get the waitresses attention. This time each of the plates were brought out one by one, several minutes apart. We had requested vegimite with some toast, and had to literally ask 5 different people for the vegimite which took 20 minutes (we checked) to arrive. We asked for knives to spread jams and butter, but after asking 2 different people, I just got up and got it myself. I wish the service was better because the food was so good and the atmosphere was a lot of fun for a Sunday brunch. Too bad they failed so miserably.
Posted by VictoiseC on 06/27/2010
We, three of us, had lunch here on Wednesday. My husband and our 90 year old friend who was excited to find this place in his neighborhood. It is a lovely spot esp for lunch, the river, the windows, the atmosphere is super. We were very happy to have chosen Cafe Gitane. The problem was two hours later, then 3 and 4. We were not well. The merguez that came with my couscous were dried up. They could've been made of anything, cardboard with seasoning. the couscous itself wasn't fresh and yes it was dry. My husband had the meatballs which tasted pretty good but left him feeling bad for hours. I called to tell the manager they should check out how long the chef is keeping the food around. The woman who answered was not pleasant. This should be a wonderful spot to go to repeatedly but I would only try a salad after that lunch. Six o'clock I was still ill. (no alcohol by the way) Yuk.
Posted by Hungry Mike on 02/08/2010
The best place I know of in Manhattan for a good breakfast, lunch or dinner. Happily it is in the old meat market area. Well chosen background music plays at comfortable levels as are the banquettes - comfortable that is. There are still artifacts from the original hundred year old high ceiling room, also an alligator on the wall. The late king of Morocco looks on from his throne. His presence here authenticates the amazing mint tea. No one here rushes you. The servers are excellent, really caring that you liked your meal. My couscous was on the dry side, a mild letdown. The desserts are killer, for example the banana cream pie with sugar crystalized creme brulee style. They make a to die for chocolate bread pudding from leftover croissants. The coffee rocks, and they serve baked eggs with smoked salmon. Dip your bread into the yolk, and you're at heaven's door. I know this restaurant will be discovered, mobbed, and after the rush dwindles, it will remain on everyones a-list.
Posted by Mike S. on 01/10/2010
The old Hotel Jane has always been tired and beat up looking. The theater here has been the site of notable plays such as "Hedwig and the Angry Inch", awful night spots such as Socialista, and an SRO flop house hotel. The Titanic survivors spent their first days here when their ships arrived in New York. We had brunch and dinner here in one weekend. The sun pours into the room from the high, arched windows. The walls are painted a restful green, just like those found in the finer homes of Tuscany. Music plays but it's well chosen, and not obtrusive. The menu is inexpensive, with hints of Morocco, south of France, and brings you back to the seventies. For dessert we decided to share the warm, chocolate bread pudding made with croissants left over from brunch and ordered a second one. Deep, dangerous puddles of dark chocolate, gobs of fresh whipped cream. We swooned. We sensed a big hit coming, and are happy to be here before the mobs discover it, They will I'm certain.
Posted by ellietips on 01/05/2010
so excited for this new addition to the hood. Far west village needed it badly! Excellent food, great cafe. Just like the one in Nolita. Will be a regular here!