$24 Guacamole and $21 Water Cocktails: Wannabe hotspot is summer’s biggest write-up

It was supposed to be one of the hottest places for this summer, but it left customers cold.

The opening of Gaetano Island – an offshoot of a popular Tulum bar and restaurant that has long had scenic seasonal pop-ups in downtown New York – was relentlessly anticipated. Founder James Gardner told The Post he was ferrying 350 tons of sand and 500 tropical plants across the East River to set the mood at Governors Island Beach Club.

But those who have taken the $4 ferry to Getano Island say it’s not heaven.

Paul Yoon, a 33-year-old who lives in Williamsburg and works in data analytics, went to Gaetano with four of his friends to celebrate the Fourth of July. They’d seen ads for the place on Instagram advertising an upscale beach club — the kind Lindsay Lohan might try to jump on stage to DJ — and wanted to explore things to do on Governors Island. The group arrived 15 minutes early for their reservation and had to wait despite there being “lots and lots of empty tables,” he said.

Things got worse from there.

Getano Island Entrance
Gaetano opened on Governors Island this summer, signing a five-year contract that runs from Memorial Day through the end of October.
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gypsy island
The pop-up of the gorgeous beach club in Tulum, Mexico was advertised as an upscale bohemian beach club, but left many customers satisfied.
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When the group ordered around 2pm the kitchen was out of ceviche and hamburgers. Instead, they were forced to choose a small portion of guacamole for $24, a sad watermelon salad for $18, a mini avocado toast for $18, $18 huevos rancheros, and $32 of grilled prawns with tortillas that Yoon told the newspaper. The Post smelled “weird” and had a texture reminiscent of “carton”.

They also enjoyed a $21 Water Cocktail, a $16 Ginger Mint mocktail that “tastes like lemon center” and “Cannes”. [to be mixed] with only water to make it drinkable.”

In total, the five friends spent $450 but were left feeling “hungry” and “cheated,” Yoon told The Post. His experience was so miserable, he felt compelled to spread the word and wrote his first ever Google review: “Terrible and won’t come again,” Yoon finished his writing.

Watermelon and Guacamole Salad in Getano
Several people online have complained about their terrible food including the $18 Watermelon Salad and $24 Guacamole.
Paul Young
Avocado toast in Getano Island
Visitors also note the small portions, particularly the high price of limited food options like the $18 avocado toast.
Paul Young
Rancheros eggs in Getano Island
Complaints about poor service, long waits, and unavailable menu options fill online and social media comments.
Paul Young

Other comments are also completely negative, describing the restaurant as a “crypto scam”, “a pretty tasteless place”, “literally a mess”, “very disappointing and overrated”, “obviously a ghost town” and ” Completely meaningless.” In addition to poorly executed and overpriced food and drink, reviewers note staff members are rude, construction takes place right next to tables and reservations don’t seem to matter even when lots of tables are empty.

And like all the Instagram influencers they were hoping to woo, Gitano’s island photos are so misleading that one Yelp reviewer referred to the “temporary pond” that he expected to be a set of strategically angled photos.

“Run at full speed!” Vincent and Young warned.

“We felt good,” wrote Anthony Franco.

There are also positive reviews, but many of them are left by users without previous reviews, which makes their authenticity seem questionable. The Gitano Group did not respond to The Post for comment.

The empty island of Getano on the 4th of July
Paul Yun arrived at Getano Island on the Fourth of July anticipating the appearance of a beach club, but left him wandering in the empty space after his disappointing meal.
Paul Young

Yoon was “extremely frustrated” after his “horrible” meal and wandered around the large area after eating trying to decide his next move as a few other tables finished their meals. “No one was dancing,” he said.

Gaetano Island has signed a five-year contract running from Memorial Day through the end of October at their Governors Island location, but we’ll see if they can plan their way through this summer.

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