New York and rooftop bars are pretty synonymous. Before going I researched so many rooftop bars, but once here most plans went out the window as I should have known that me and Dan aren't exactly schedule kind of people. We like to just see where the day takes us and go from there.
We didn't end up going to any rooftop bars, but there was one rooftop that I insisted we plan for, and that was a rooftop brunch.
The Gallow Green is a rooftop bar located on top of the McKittrick Hotel (It's not actually a hotel, a bit like Hotel Chantelle) that during the week is a evening cocktail bar, but at weekends, it does a set buffet brunch.
I immediately knew I had to come when I saw the photos and read the description. A rooftop area decked out like an abandoned railway station, clad with trees and shrubs, that did a buffet brunch with live music all afternoon. Never one to go for the mainstream I was sold instantly.
The roof was even more stunning in real life. Plants, flowers and trees covered the entire area, forming canopies and shade. Pretty lights draped from the rafters, and cute home garden touches were everywhere.
The Gallow Green roof looks directly onto the Highline. Whilst I'll agree with you that it doesn't exactly look very impressive right now, the Highline is really cool, but that's for another post this week.
You can tell we are Brit's- always be prepared and carry an umbrella.
Inside the main seating area, it is just rather magical. Like a big summer party was happening, where all your cares had suddenly evaporated, as the bands music draped over you, and the waft of freshly cooked food hit your nose.
For most tables, its big old long benches, so everyone just grabs a pew next to a stranger and leaves with a new buddy.
It's really had to put into words how much of a good atmosphere there was. Happy vibes were just everywhere. The bands music was so much fun, that I found myself skipping instead of walking. There was also a woman singing for some of it, who was the sassiest woman I've ever met. I want to be her. She even sang a really fun song about brunch. Anyone who can sing about bacon and eggs wins my heart.
So the actual brunch part is a unlimited buffet. All you can eat, unlimited coffee, tea and juice, and one mimosa. Don't worry though, this is no lukewarm dubious buffet. The food is continuously being cooked in the open kitchen, so it is fresh. Plus this buffet is quite the diverse mix to keep those taste buds raring.
Thing fried chicken... yes for brunch, why not?
Salads and veggies.
A variety of eggs.
Hot rolls and one of my current obsessions, smoked salmon.
There was even granola and yogurt for the breakfast purists.
Sweet wise, there was scones and cinnamon swirls.
Yet I discovered something quite sacrilege to the English scone.
In America it is called a biscuit, it has SALT on it, and they eat it savoury. See the sign? Sausage gravy. Gravy! On a scone! Oh I felt like fainting! My beloved English scone massacred.
Finally moving on from this great transitivity, we piled our plates high and got down to the business of eating.
Eventually I did got back and try a "biscuit" but I couldn't bring myself to put gravy on it. Instead opting for caramel sauce and jam.
It's pretty much the same as a scone, just maybe a little harder and obviously more salty.
We were literally there for hours. I think we were there for a good 3 and a half, as the atmosphere is just so chilled, so fun and just so happy. We grazed lazily, whilst swaying to the music, and chatting merrily over juice.
The Gallow Green was definitely my favorite food place in New York. Sure, there were places with better food, not that is bad, oh no not at all, but like The Spotted Pig I wrote about was exceptional. However the Gallow Green made me so happy, and left me feeling good all day.
If you are going to New York this summer, this is the happiest place to be right now.
542 west 27th street