New York City just got a seriously tropical addition to its summer restaurant scene. Gitano, a popular restaurant that originated in Tulum, Mexico, will reopen their seasonal location right in SoHo with its lush greenery and lively music.
The “Garden of Love” is hard to miss. Boasting plenty of palm trees, some nearly 30-feet-tall, along with tropical water features, pergolas, and a well-stocked bar, it’s located at 76 Varick St. and will finally reopen to the public this year on Thursday, April 29th!
The nearly 24,000-square-foot space is seasonal, normally only open through October.
The space was created to feature “a meditation circle/reflecting pool area on the southerly portion of the lot for restaurant & coffee patrons and a separately accessed community garden styled area growing herbs and vegetables with an educational component for schools and non-profit groups in the Southeast Corner.” This season the space will be offering guided meditation sessions along with other classes throughout the summer.
Serving fresh Mexican fare, the menu includes Watermelon Salad, Tuna Tostada, Truffle Tlayuda, Grilled Chicken Pastor as well as some of their signature Mezcal cocktails like Kisses in the Car, which features passion fruit.
As for COVID-19 safety measures, guests will order and pay by their phones to limit contact, there are plentiful outdoor hand-washing and sanitizing stations, lots of space between guests, and daily health screenings and masks/visors for staff.
The restaurant and mezcal bar is officially taking reservations from 11am – 11pm. Read more about lunch and brunch hours, and make a recommended reservation on their website here.
featured image source: Gitano Tulum
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