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Cafe Gitane

#1,096 of 11,063 Restaurants in New York City
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242 Mott St, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10012-3434
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5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Beautiful French cafe in NY

When in NY I love going out on Brunch with my friends. Try their Avocado toast and Moroccan couscous.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Dallas, Texas
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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83 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Interiors are cozy and nice. The service is chipper and friendly. Mocha is good -- not too sweet. And drinks come with complimentary dark chocolate! Avocado toast was fresh and zesty. Baked eggs with salmon was savory and delicious without being too much. Brie and apples makes a fantastic light shared brunch appetizer.

Thank LeslieTeng
Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When in NY I love going out on Brunch with my friends. Try their Avocado toast and Moroccan couscous.

Thank Tanusk10
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has been my go-to restaurant in NYC for 15 years. It had always been an affordable, unpretentious, fun and tasty respite in the crowded city. But this year, I noticed the food costs more and has gone down in quality. The hostess wouldn't let me sit at a table (because I was a party of one) despite the fact... More 

Thank dmalfi
Dublin, Ireland
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48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found myself walking down Mott Street on a bitterly cold mid-week afternoon recently at that bewitching hour just before lighting up time. It was too late to eat lunch and too early for dinner but I was alone and wanted to rest up somewhere quiet for a while. I ducked into Cafe Gitane and took a seat to the... More 

Thank D4traveller
Barcelona, Spain
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The CousCous is to die for! Best ever, if you are in NYC, it's a must visit, try out the CousCous! another good plate is the homemade Granola with fruit and, yogurt. highly recommended.

Thank Thomas R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Next to The Jane, told they were owned separately. We checked into The Jane and popped in for a early bite about 4pm very empty, asked if we had a reservation. They seat us reluctantly and ignore us for a good 15 minutes. We were so famished and wanted to like this place, since The Jane is such a cool... More 

Thank srvvintagegal
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

We went following a recommendation from my son. Small establishment, somewhat squeezy but we'll set up. Had to go for the baked eggs, brilliant. If you are in the area give it a go.

Thank E-pottii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We spent a few hours on a Sunday morning at The Whitney, went to brunch at nearby, intimate Cafe Gitane, and then walked along the Highline Park. Made for a wonderful weekend morning. Loved the baked eggs!

Thank Paula F
Toulouse, France
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I have tried to think of a good thing to say. However minute. But I just cannot. And I love french places/food. But this.. Is a disaster. Dirty, lackluster, unfriendly service , unappetizing food (if it is what you want to call what that seems like it was either a) cooked by my 5 y-old nephew or b) coming out... More 

Thank negroni68
Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

whenever i need some calmness and good food this is the place i come to !! i love sitting on a stool at the counter. i always order an avocado toast. the sophistication is in its simplicity. it is comfort !! go. you'll see.

Thank lgorlaski

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 242 Mott St, Frnt 2, New York City, NY 10012-3434
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Nolita
  • Neighborhood: Nolita
  • Phone Number: 212-334-9552

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, French
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Nolita

Neighborhood Profile
Despite being just off of busy Houston Street, Nolita maintains a low-key vibe that makes it a pleasant retreat in the heart of lower Manhattan. Short for “North of Little Italy,” Nolita was once considered to be part of Little Italy. Today, the neighborhood is popular with young fashionistas popping in and out of the chic independent boutiques that line Mulberry, Mott and Elizabeth Streets. In addition to shopping, there are cozy restaurants and sidewalk cafes serving everything from new-school Italian food to the world-famous cronuts. While small in size (Nolita stretches just a few blocks in each direction), it’s a great neighborhood to spend an afternoon people watching, window-shopping, and grabbing a bite to eat.
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