It's a sunny Sunday in New York and my taller half has just revealed that he's booked us a table at the city's most-coveted summertime brunch venue: Gallow Green (boyfriend for the win!).
Perched atop the McKittrick Hotel in Manhattan, Gallow Green is a lush haven away from the chaos of the busy New York streets below. The McKittrick Hotel (note: it's not an actual hotel - mind. blown.) is also home to the theatrical production 'Sleep No More' and the 1920's speakeasy-themed restaurant The Heath, which has been at the top of my New York to-do list all year. But certain things must take priority and, in this case, mimosas take priority.
When we arrive at Gallow Green, a doorman checks our name on the list and directs us to the elevator (sorry Brits, I'm going to use American terminology for this one since it's an American-themed post. USA! USA!). Manning the elevator is a nice yet slightly-robotic lady who proceeds to give us the whole low-down on what we're about to experience (er, brunch). The tiny elevator takes its sweet time getting to the top floor and during her speech the lady stares into my eyes just a little longer and more intensely than is comfortable. Just as I'm beginning to wonder if she actually is a robot, the doors finally open and we're officially off on our brunch adventure!
It must be said, as far as first impressions go, Gallow Green gets two enthusiastic thumbs up. This the place is gorgeous. It's like something out of an Indiana Jones movie, with beautiful foliage around every corner.
Once we're seated, our waitress pours our coffee and presents us with our complimentary (well okay, it's included in the price) mimosa. We then make our way over to the buffet station. The food is freshly prepared in front of you and topped-up often, so you don't feel too guilty when you whack that last bit of salmon onto your plate. We manage to fit in two trips to the buffet station before gluttony sets in and we're forced to call it a day. That being said, there's always room for more mimosas!
About an hour and a half (and one satisfying mimosa jug) later, it's time to bid Gallow Green goodbye. Well, it might be goodbye for now, but it's definitely not goodbye forever. I already know where I'll be brunching on my next trip to New York!
THE FINAL VERDICT:
Gallow Green is a fabulous place to spend a sunny weekend brunch. The only negative critique I have is the service, which was pretty disengaged on our visit. They could have gotten a lot more mimosas out of us (at $18 a two-person jug), but we found it difficult to get their attention and by the time we did, our allotted time-limit had run out. Other than that though, it was a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon.
Can't seem to get a brunch reservation? Why not pop by in the evening for some pre-dinner cocktails! I have a feeling this place is pretty magical at dusk.
GALLOW GREEN FACTS:
Brunch will run you $35 per person which includes a reasonably well-stocked buffet, a cup of coffee and a mimosa upon arrival. Advanced booking is highly recommended.