This summer, New Yorkers got a serious taste of Tulum when nightlife hot spot Gitano took over a massive outdoor space in Soho, complete with palm trees, tropical cocktails, and Mexican inspired bites. Now, the lush cabana vibes are back at a new year-round location at the James Hotel.
An outpost of GRUPO GITANO's dramatic watering hole in Tulum, GITANO Jungle Room NYC is inspired by the Spanish-colonial architecture of the Yucatan Peninsula along with, of course, the natural beauty of the jungle.
The new space features two distinct areas: a restaurant serving up modern Mayan and Mexican dishes with a menu developed by Michelin-starred, Consulting Chef Mads Refslund in collaboration with Head Chef Yvan Lemoine, and an upstairs bar/lounge, decked out with a dangling disco ball, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a 20-foot skylight. The rustic, plant-filled decor, which also features a giant crystal palm tree, is Instagrammable to say the least. As are the cocktails, curated by veteran head bartender Jeremy Strawn.
Drinks, made with Mexican spirits and seasonal ingredients, include The Garden Rose (Rosé tequila, St. Germain, lemon, strawberry and rose water), a dairy-free nut milk cocktail, Coco Chacha (rice milk, gin, lemon, sesame, horchata and turmeric), and the on-trend Golden God, a CBD-infused cocktail with Los Vecinos Mezcal, passion fruit, lemon, and yellow chartreuse.
Arriving just in time to save us from the city's descent into the tundra zone, this sizzling spot is sure to provide the perfect staycation vibes. Click through for a look inside!
GITANO Jungle Room NYC, 23 Grand Street
[Photos courtesy GRUPO GITANO]