Having brought the taste of the Yucatan Peninsula to Tulum, and then to New York City with the opening last summer of Gitano on Varick Street, James Gardner’s Gitano Group has now moved into a permanent spot in the James Hotel. The hotel’s former David Burke Kitchen has been re-opened as the Gitano Jungle Room, part two of the group’s tropical oasis in the heart of SoHo. The James Hotel was purchased last year by Thor Equities. Mexican and Mayan inspired dishes are created by chefs Mads Refslund and Yvan Lemoine. On the second floor, above the main dining room, is the Jungle Bar, filled to the brim with bamboo furniture and green palm trees, reminiscent of its sister which opened in Tulum, Mexico in 2013. The large outdoor restaurant on Varick Street will shortly be gearing up to open for its second season. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be part of the James Hotel and Gitano teams.