The Jane Hotel is a hidden brick structure in the far West Village that does not pop up in your usual hotel browsing. Starwood it ain’t. This boutique is sweet and small with complimentary bicycles to ride along the Hudson River and bunk bed rooms that look like the interior cabins of a ship. It is also home to Café Gitane, a French and Moroccan restaurant that is lovely for breakfast.
It’s a special, quiet spot and I specifically come here for the avocado toast with lemon juice and chili flakes, but simple items like a scrambled egg (which is off the menu) are way beyond Cafe Gitane’s capabilities. I was told that if I wanted an egg with my avocado toast, I could order a full entree of baked eggs in a pot with merguez sausage for $15. A grilled tomato on toast was actually a bright green concoction with huge spoonfuls of green olives and green capers that would be way too salty to eat first thing in the morning.
That said, if you stick to the simple things, like the strong coffee and the tower of Moroccan couscous, there’s plenty to enjoy here. Especially the gingham cloth napkins and eclectic, sunny decor!