Cafe Gitane

The rating scale of 0 to 100 reflects our editors’ appraisals of all the tangible and intangible factors that make a restaurant or bar great — or terrible — regardless of price.

Read more about the new ratings
75 Solid

A hangout for models, artists, and other people with lots of free time to pick at light but good Moroccan-influenced food.

242 Mott St., New York, NY, 10012


Known For

The lowdown

At this virtual elder statesman of cute Nolita hipster hangouts, don’t be too cool to be cheesy: baked feta and a mix of olives and orange slices with crusty bread are easy ways to start off, or herbed goat cheese with chili flakes and pomegranate syrup. The tagines can be little dry but the spiced meatballs in turmeric tomato sauce, with hard-boiled eggs, cucumber, and a drizzle of cilantro yogurt, are an inventive standout. Let’s be real, though: you’re not here for an epic meal — Gitane is all about sipping a glass of Bordeaux or shot of espresso while sitting at one of the sidewalk tables and ogling the street life.

What you need to know

Recommended DishesMeatballs in spicy tomato sauce.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelHushed