Located down an alley (Claude Lane) off of Union Square, Gitane is the perfect place to take out-of-towners you want to impress. Easy to miss, it'll make you look like you know all the hip spots and hidden gems, but it's the Parisian sidewalk seating, eclectic decor, fun bar, and yummy yummy food that make it a real winner. It's also a great place to eat well with others.
We went last night and, sadly, I forgot my camera. Luckily I was able to snag the exterior and interior shots from yelp. Apparently none of the camera-toting yelpers ordered the vegan entree though, so no pics of that. You'll just have to trust me that the vegetable tajine was beautiful and delicious. Filled with fennel, carrots, potatoes, chickpeas and prunes that have all been stewed to perfection in Moroccan spices, and served with some couscous and slivered almonds, it is a treat for all the senses. I also got a side of sauteed spinach with raisins. Also amazing. Oh, and the bread and olive oil they serve up once you order is top notch.
I will definitely go back to Gitane in the future - and I promise to bring my camera next time. Meanwhile, check it out yourselves. And don't forget to go hear the live jazz across the alley at Cafe Claude when you're done. Good times.
Now it is a rainy cold Sunday and we're lounging around doing nothing (my favorite!) but dreaming of the awesome Thanksgiving meal we'll be having at Millennium on Thursday. Can't wait to tell you all about it. Have a great Turkey-free day everyone!