As New Yorkers, we’re suckers for anything that makes us feel as if we’ve left this darling city. Enter Gitano Garden of Love, just what we needed for a Summer Sunday. Gitano Garden of Love is not to be confused with Gitano Jungle Room, the restaurant adjacent at The James Hotel. The Tulum-based Gitano has landed in NYC with a new outpost this summer. Think Tulum meets urban jungle when you step inside, offering views of the freedom Tower and more.
A neon sign will greet you as you enter through the jungle lined with tropical plants and palms. Color me suspicious, because we just can’t have nice things in the city without crowds ruining the experience.
We instantaneously felt as if we were transformed to Mexico and seamingly tuned out any traffic noise or fragments reminiscent of New York City. The space is massive with covered seating under a tent, wicker lounge areas, and serious island vibes to hideout with a cocktail or two.
With serious vacation vibes, cocktails were definitely on the horizon. We opted for a Gitano Margarita and The Garden Rose. Margaritas pair well with Mexican food obviously and this one was no exception. Prepared with mezcal, fresh cucumber, lime and rosemary, this was a refreshing hit.
The Garden Rose seemed fitting for the space. The semi-sweet and sour cocktail has a tequila base with st. germain, lemon, strawberry and rose prosecco. It was just perfect and garnished with flower petals.
On to the food, we were excited for a healthy option like this coconut bowl. The gorgeous bowl includes yogurt, granola, coconut and tropical fruits like pineapple. If this was our breakfast every day, we’d be in good spirits.
Huevos a la Mexicana came out next. Delicious scrambled eggs with tomato and avocado were a nice touch. The eggs were made well and quite filling. The scramble also includes fresh slices of avocado, corn tortilla and potatoes on the side.
I am generally mad for Huevos Rancheros so this was a no-brainer. The crispy rancheros came topped with a beautiful egg cooked sunny side up. The huevos also come with salsa, beans, cilantro and avocado slices. It was flavorful and oh so good.
Lastly, we dug into the pancakes. The portion was larger than expected but we appreciated it. The pancakes were decent but not our favorite as these were your typical stacks with maple syrup and strawberries. Brunch exceeded our expectations for the most part.
The Bitches Say Four Champagne Flutes for a festive Mexican brunch and escape in the city. We knock this down a grade just because of the lackluster pancakes.
Gitano Garden of Love serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.