The McKittrick Hotel’s rooftop bar in New York City undergoes a dramatic transformation each spring, changing from a cozy mountainside escape known as The Lodge to the outdoor Gallow Green secret garden.
The space is inspired by its downstairs neighbor, Sleep No More, the multimedia, 360-degree, experiential retelling of Macbeth. The bar itself takes its name from the setting of the show, a real place in Paisley, Scotland, that has its own infamous history.
Cesar Hawas, special envoy at The McKittrick, describes the setting for Gallow Green as “an abandoned train station in Scotland.” The space has an original train track running through a lush green perennial tunnel. One side is reserved for dining, while the other side has seating and a standing room suited for drinks and lighter fare. “It has a retractable cover to provide both open air space and protection from the elements, and there are two bars for easy access,” says Director of Hospitality Lawrence Green.
Gallow Green has been part of The McKittrick since the very beginning, and is constantly evolving based on what’s in bloom during each season. “We start with a spring planting of flowering annuals when we first open, usually pansies and the like,” Green says. “Once things warm up in June, we bring in some summer annuals like marigolds, perennial trumpet vines, and wisteria, along with flowering dogwood trees, black-eyed Susans, geraniums, and sage.”
“Our cocktail menu always features a signature Sleep No More [drink],” says Beverage Director Clayton Mannix. “This year, it’s made with butterfly pea flower-infused vodka, elderflower, and rosé cider. The Gallow Green pays tribute to the rooftop with bourbon, orchard fruits, blue curaçao, and ginger. Both are namesakes inspired by the hotel and its residents.” Frozen drinks, wine by the glass and bottle, seasonal draft beers from local breweries, and bottled ciders are also available.
“The food menu is seasonally inspired and changes as ingredients reach their peak freshness,” Green explains.
“We installed a wood-burning oven a couple years ago to make fresh pizzas, like classic Margherita and meatball, as well as French-inspired tarte flambée. Additional summer favorites include the McKittrick Burger, made with a special blend of steak cuts, organic cheese, homemade pickles, and bacon marmalade, and a lobster roll stuffed with steamed claws on a buttered potato roll.”
There’s also a rooftop brunch on weekends that features a lavish buffet with fresh pastries, fruits and salads, made-to-order waffles, and omelet and carving stations, as well as live music by MK Groove. Coffee and tea are included, and Bloody Mary, Mimosa, and Aperol Spritz brunch cocktails are also offered. Sunset Sundays is a free weekly musical series that brings in a variety of artists from jazz and folk to rock, dance, Latin, and more. A full bar and dinner menu service are also available. In addition, Potions & Planting is a children’s tea party on select summer Saturdays that includes a traditional English high tea platter, refreshing pink lemonade, and hands-on lessons in potions and planting.
Make your way to Gallow Green and enjoy summer as it was meant to be enjoyed in New York City. But if you’re not visiting the Big Apple this season, whip up Gallow Green’s signature Sleep No More cocktail at home to revel in your own personal secret garden.
Sleep No More
- 1.25 oz. Butterfly Pea Flower-Infused Vodka
- 1 oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth
- .5 oz. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- .75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
- .5 oz. Simple Syrup
- splash of Rosé Cider or Dry Sparkling Rosé
- sprig of Fresh Lavender (for Garnish)
Preparation: To infuse the vodka, add 2–4 grams of butterfly pea flowers to 750 ml of vodka. Store at room temperature for 24–72 hours prior to using. The longer you let it sit, the more color is extracted from the flowers. To make the cocktail, combine the infused vodka, vermouth, St-Germain, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with rosé cider or dry sparkling rosé. Garnish with a lavender sprig.