Gallow Green

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The verdant, vintage train station-inspired rooftop bar at the McKittrick Hotel affords a regal view of gleaming West Side buildings and the cloud-streaked horizon. The place is helplessly romantic, capturing the looseness and frivolity of a well-oiled summer wedding, but in a way that never feels saccharine. The floor of pebbles and slate, trellises woven with flowers and weathered wooden tables recall a lush upstate country garden left adorably to seed. Make a reservation for one of the sky-high alfresco brunches, live music performances, or wildly popular interactive theater performances from Sleep No More.

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Venue name: Gallow Green
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Address: 542 W 27th St
New York
10001
Cross street: between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5–11pm; Fri 5pm-1am; Sat 11am-1am; Sun 11am-11pm
Transport: Subway: C, E to 23rd St
Price: Average cocktail: $17.
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tastemaker

Worth the trek west for the drinks and the decor- A little pricey, but worth it for the atmosphere- It truly provides a great escape from the city- In the fall/winter they change the mood to feel like a cozy cabin- It's dreamy! 

tastemaker

What a whimsical place! Went in early fall for dinner, and the greenery is so fantastic, saw them picking green beans right off the bush for the food!  The food is good, but a little pricey for the small plates, but you're definitely paying for the atmosphere, which includes an creepy elevator ride and walk down a dark and mysterious hallway as you pass by a bunch of stuff that makes up the Sleep No More experience.  The Gallow Green is not like that. Its just a cool roof top restaurant and bar with lovely greenery and treeless. Its also like the only decent restaurant for several blocks, that neighborhood is dead!  A fun time all around!

tastemaker

Gallow Green is always my go-to anytime there is a special occasion that needs celebrating. Honestly between the views, live music and food you truly cannot go wrong. I've been here about 5 or so times and have never had a disappointing experience. A few things to note is that you definitely need a reservation and plan on getting there a few minutes early, as you should expect to wait in a bit of a line before getting let upstairs.

tastemaker

We had my friend's birthday at Gallow Green a few weeks ago and it was awesome. All of the greenery makes you feel like you've been transported to a garden oasis. If you have a few cocktails you might even forget you're in the city (even though the views are pretty spectacular) It's that pretty. The cocktail menu is fire and you'll want to order a few pizzas to chase your drinks with. There are also fake railroad tracks that run right through the bar so you'll be getting ALL the good Insta-worthy pics. 


Brunch at Gallow Green during the winter is an amazing production -- they convert the roof area into a ski lodge and offer up a select pre-fix menu in a very intimate, unique setting that makes you feel like you're waking up to breakfast in a cabin in the woods. I can't wait to stop by during the summer season to see how they transform the space.

tastemaker

I love the McKittrick and of course, they have the best rooftop in NYC. It is a literal oasis in the middle of the city. The greenery is beautiful, the cocktails are incredible, and the views are sparse but lovely. This feels like you are removed from a concrete jungle and placed into a lush garden. 

tastemaker

Probably more show than food - but an absolute must brunch. There is a lot of presentation and 'dinner theater' with a door and elevator entry before arriving in the wilderness. The seating was really cozy and private, in a room off the hall with a window outside. During the winter, it was really warm, and even though I had kept my jacket, I still took it off. Staff was incredibly attentive, and helpful with suggestions. Food was simple and well executed. A little bit of a trek was worth it for a solid (basically bottomless) brunch, in a cool (super accessible) part of the city.

tastemaker

I finally went here during a NYC bachelorette party weekend for brunch, after seeing many pictures and hearing great things.


Atmosphere: Beautiful! I enjoy rooftops, and the eclectic, garden feel was very 'fairytale-esque' as it seemed like you were inside of a secret garden. There is an abandoned railroad track that adds to this vibe.


Drinks: I am a big fan of the "bottomless brunch" concept, and since this is not the case, and the drinks were pretty pricey, I would suggest coming her when you don't feel like getting particularly boozy.


Food: There are many options, and this IS in fact bottomless. Food is laid on in a "buffet" style, but not in the way of how I normally envision buffets: food laying out for hours and bland. The display plates are small and constantly being refilled. This array of food makes up for the lack of bottomless drinks in my opinion. The food ranges from salads, DIY yogurt parfaits, to an array of scrumptious carbs and pastries. Although the "foodie" in me didn't LOVE the food, as it wasn't anything I couldn't find somewhere else, and nothing particularly amazed me, I did enjoy the many options. I would definitely go here with a FULL appetite, as it's hard to resist trying everything laid out.


I would classify Gallow Green as an Instagram-worthy meal!


I went with a group of people and I wouldnt recommend because we were a little tight! but if your looking to try new food and step away from the city for a couple of hours... this is the place to go! 


I finally got to go here recently after years of hearing great things. It's a rather pricey spot—cocktails are $17—but it's certainly a treat for a special night. It's like you're tucked away within a secret garden, growing over a long forgotten railroad track. The vibe, like the rest of the McKittrick Hotel, is a bit old timey, with touches of whimsy everywhere. The food itself was great—they now have new pizzas for more casual eats and the crudite bowl of vegetables was super fresh. You can make a whole night of it by heading here for earlier dinner and drinks before experiencing the mystery of Sleep No More downstairs.


One of my fav spot in all of NY. It's a secret garden tucked away from the rough & tough city streets. Old train carts used for dinning and for the bar. And a railroad track dividing the dining area from the lounge. Great date spot. Little nooks & crannies lite up my Christmas lights to get cozy & converse. Communal dinning tables makes it a great spot to grab your friends & catch up. On certain nites you can top off w/a live jazz band one floor down. A great little get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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this place is absolutely magical. go at night—i stumbled across this fairytale rooftop with some friends visiting from out of town and vowed to come back when i wasn't a single sack because it's romantic as fuck. definitely a great date spot but like, maybe wait for the third date or something cos y'know, don't want to come on too strong. also, if you're starving, this might not be the best place to drop by since their dinner menu is small and on the pricey side. come here for after dinner drinks or after walking around the galleries in the area.

tastemaker

We came for brunch on one of those super nice days back in February. The brunch was a fixed price menu which a ton of food! Chicken and waffles galore! The burger was great and so were the biscuits. Only thing is that the drink menu wasn't that big - I was really looking for a hot apple cider and everything was a little more alcoholic than I wanted for the day. Great porch for a sunny day!


Gallow Green is a very nice rooftop bar / lounge.  The drinks are great and aren't your typical rum & cokes.  Railroad tracks run through the center of the space which only adds to the decor. Because drinks are made by mixologist, they can be pricey.  When you leave, ask if you can take the steps.  You will be given a mask and led through "Sleep No More."


What a beautiful rooftop escape! Went with a few friends and they were raving about it for days. We'll be going back soon :) Drinks are a bit pricey, but to be expected. If you are looking for a casual nice night out, with plenty of space, beautiful scenery and a view..look no further


This spot is super appealing with plenty of SPACE to actually enjoy yourself. Just like any decent place in NYC, drinks are pricey but worth it. It has different spaces and corners to sit in so it's great for dates and low key but nice nights out.


This is absolutely one of the most beautiful rooftop bars in New York City. Perhaps it's so appealing because it adapts some of that mysterious, vintage vibe from the interactive theater experience held in the building below, Sleep No More. When you're sipping a cocktail at Gallow Green, you can almost imagine that you yourself are a part of that stunning world spinning and unwinding below you. There is green foliage all around, wooden plank benches, train tracks down the middle and bartenders in suspenders. The cocktails here are really good, but they certainly are pricey at $15–$17 each, so savor them.


Gallow Green is a beautiful garden style rooftop bar.  There are faux trees everywhere that are decorated with Christmas lights and sporadic wooden park benches for seating.  I appreciated this place because it somewhat reminded me of décor that should be in the movie The Secret Garden.  I wasn’t a fan of the food options being offered.  They were a bit on the pricey side and not that appealing, so I didn’t eat anything, but the cocktails were good.  Definitely recommend this place if you’re feeling festive and just want to go to have a few drinks in a non-traditional rooftop setting while actually being on a rooftop.


Lovely venue with a good feel to it but the food is ordinary and the menu limited so I wouldn't recommend it if dinner is the main event. However my real reason for the downgrade is the poor service a friend and I received on a recent Friday night visit. The staff are pleasant and helpful but getting their attention in the first place is a challenge. It took 15 minutes to order the first drink and over 40 minutes to get the cheque which, when it did arrive wasn't for our table.