This urban horticultural paradise nestled in the heart of Chelsea on W27th Street above the McKittrick hotel is a hidden gem. Once inside, a mysterious elevator ride took us to the top floor where we were led down a dark hallway before reaching a clearing.
The secret garden on the roof terrace has many quirks, including an old train track that leads to a vine draped bar and divides the dining area from the lounge. The floor is covered with pebbles and slate, while intricate trellises of flowers and beautifully unkempt greenery hang from above. Old train carts are dotted throughout for dining and at the bar itself.
We found a table on the edge of the dining area. With beautiful city-top views of Chelsea, live jazz in the background and a Honey Pot in hand (a tall, Gin based cocktail), this was the perfect way to watch the sun set on Manhattan. On another summer visit, we’ll be sure to enjoy their sky high ‘serve yourself’ al fresco brunch. Created by head chef Pascal Le Seac’h, it includes a bakery table, Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, a cold station with delicious salads, and a hot buffet with everything from fried chicken to baked salmon. There is even a carving station with a whole suckling pig! Meanwhile, in winter, Gallow Green transforms into a rustic lodge with hidden rooms so the rooftop can be enjoyed year-round.
When leaving Gallow Green, make sure to ask if you can take the stairs… you’ll be given a mask and led into ‘Sleep No More’; an immersive, award winning theatrical performance based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Don’t miss this charming rooftop bar next time you’re in New York and in need of a little escapism from the concrete jungle.