Gallow Green is a rooftop garden oasis in the midst of New York’s concrete jungle. Located atop Chelsea’s McKittrick Hotel (a fictional venue, I later learned!), and right next to The High Line, this restobar has a somewhat whimsical air, and as you step through the doors onto the sprawling terrace, you’re taken aback by just how much foliage surrounds you. Truth be told, the unexpectedness of it all made my jaw drop.
The terrace is split into two sections, separated in the middle by a lush, green archway. While food is served on one side of the rooftop, the other is strictly for drinks only. There is no table service for drinks, which means you have to line up at the bar to grab your beverages and barware. Drinks were also on the pricier end, but the cocktails were impressive.
Still, Gallow Green’s chilled vibe is clearly popular with its trendy and good-looking patrons. The crowd is young and diverse, and the venue offers a very romantic setting, boasting some stunning views of the city.
Make sure you get the camera out for that perfect golden hour shot at sunset.
Word of caution: The venue is popular and fills up pretty quickly, so I recommend getting there early to nab a good seat. There is also usually a lineup to get in, followed by a wait for the single elevator (unless you want to walk up seven flights of stairs). But once you’re up there, trust me, it’ll be worth it.