I’ve been meaning to come here for a while, having tacked the name onto my never-ending list of restaurants to try several months ago, but was waiting for a special occasion to roll around – Dimas’s 23rd birthday! We regularly make up arbitrary occasions and excuses to celebrate just about anything anyway so I’m sure we would have went sooner or later.
I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but oh what the heck, no one is even reading this.
Gallow Green, McKittrick Hotel, Chelsea
542 West 27th St, New York, New York 10001
Gallow Green is located on the rooftop of the McKittrick Hotel, also home to the famous Sleep No More show. Apparently McKittrick Hotel is not even an actual hotel, which I admittedly did not know until right this moment as I was looking up the correct spelling.
Attention photographers and fervent Snapchatters: this hidden gem is your wet dream come true. Look how pretty!
The thin drapery over the rooftop provided perfectly soft and subtle lighting for photos and shaded diners from the harsh afternoon sun. You can also never go wrong with rustic decor complemented by greenery, white linen, and sundresses. I couldn’t help but fall utterly in love with the space.
In order to secure our spots for Sunday brunch (a buffet!), I had to reserve a 2 hour time slot on their website and pay for the meal, including tax and gratuity, over a week prior. I was pretty miffed at the premise of having to pay my tab in its entirety before even stepping foot in the establishment. But it’s not without good reason: you are guaranteed a table and free to enjoy the whole experience without having to worry about the big fat check coming up. Whenever you’re done stuffing your face, just up and go. What a strangely powerful feeling to leave without paying! Muahaha! Wait a minute.
And enjoy the experience we did. It was a good time all around from the cheery lift operator (whose official duty is to fill in that awkward elevator silence and will recommend you to try his favorite cold fried chicken), to the fantastic live band, to the attentive servers. Workers were constantly helping guests take photos, though some people opted for selfie sticks and mini tripods.
As our server said, “There is no such thing as too much coffee.” Included in the price of brunch was bottomless coffee/tea and one mimosa. Is it weird to mention that I enjoyed my beverages a lot? The grub was unfortunately not as memorable though. The buffet spread occupied just a tiny corner of the rooftop and was disappointingly limited in variety, but what they did offer was tasty enough.
If you’re wondering what that random green goop pictured above is – a staff managing the buffet line had overheard me, being picky as usual, telling Dimas that I wish they’d serve guacamole without the toast. He promptly brought out a small dish of guac without missing a beat. I almost cried. I just really love guacamole. Sniff.
Overall, we had a wonderful time. My only gripe would be that the bathrooms were kinda dank (and not in the good way) and the buffet line was torturously long. Otherwise, it’s kind of impossible not to have a good time. Take it as a personal challenge.