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Best Brunch

  • Cafe Gitane at the Jane Hotel

    113 Jane St., at West St.; 212-255-4113

    Granted, the new west-side branch of the Nolita hipster hub has the same Moroccan-inflected French menu and art-directed vibe as its progenitor. But it also has the luxury of space—that crucial component, especially at brunch—and an ambience that feels airlifted from the Left Bank with a detour to Cuba. Sunlight streams through arched windows, and waitresses in pistachio-green shifts ferry apéritifs from the marble-topped bar. There’s a foosball table and a turntable, both in steady use, and whimsical touches like model boats and what seems to be a stuffed crocodile ascending the backbar. And though the all-day menu offers obligatory brunch basics like eggs and (orange-blossom) waffles, it excels with signature concoctions like chile-flaked avocado toast and the Frenchified shepherd’s pie called hachi parmentier.

From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine