Brunch at Café Gitane, New York

Thursday, March 12, 2015

On the 3rd day of our trip, New York really outdid itself with the windy Arctic blasts. There was a real feel temperature of -30c and I'd chosen that day to wear an old pair of converse that were a decidedly more breezy option than my snow boots. In Spanish, they have an expression. "Hace un frío que pela": "it's so cold your skin peels off". I have really only understood this expression properly since that day. Luckily, it was a Sunday, and we had already planned a nice warm indoor brunching activity. So we pulled up our hoods, donned our balaclavas (I wish) and braced ourselves for the freezing walk to Café Gitane.


It's beneath the grand entrance of the Jane Hotel on Jane Street in the West Village but its like walking into the middle of a North African summer.


The earthy orange walls, imposing low hanging ceiling fans and charming black and white tiled floor reminded me a lot of the cafés we ate at in Morocco. That and the laminated menus.



Tea was ordered, milk was added, life was restored.



We all had eggs on the brain though, so we scanned the menu and quickly decided on baked eggs: plain n simple for me, with merguez sausages for Rach and salmon for Crystal.




It all looks pretty scrumptious with a nice filter applied, but it was pretty average actually. The eggs were over done which is kind of the crime of the century when it comes to baked eggs. We also had to wait ages for anything we ordered, and it wasn't particularly busy. It got good reviews on Yelp though (which is HUGE in America), so who am I to judge? 

And they did give me a bucket load of tea to sweeten the bitter pill of overcooked eggs.




I know I wasn't particularly giving it the hard sell, but if you want to check it out, here's the menu!

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