Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - NYC -

In the el­e­va­tor that leads to the roof of the Chelsea district’s McKit­trick Ho­tel, a youngish man points at the pan­el­ing. “It’s all re­stored orig­i­nal wood­work,” he says. “From 2011.” The bell­hop in the cor­ner grins. The McKit­trick was cre­ated to host the im­mer­sive the­ater experience Sleep No More, and sep­a­rat­ing ar­ti­fice from au­then­tic­ity is be­side the point. There’s noth­ing imag­i­nary, how­ever, about the brunch served at Gal­low Green, the bar and restau­rant on the roof of the “ho­tel.” Through a re­cre­ation of an aban­doned train sta­tion and up one flight of stairs is the promised land: a leafy se­cret gar­den of a din­ing space, with loose can­vas canopies and vine-laden trel­lises that only half con­ceal the sur­round­ing sky­scrapers. A jazz band plays so›ly in the back­ground and a buœet of le­mony scones, over­size cin­na­mon rolls and flaky fried chicken with black pep­per honey is end­lessly re­plen­ished for the lin­ger­ing brunch­ers. They might have sus­pended dis­be­lief when they en­tered, but now they would rather be here than any­where else.

>> Brunch $35; mckit­trick­ho­tel.com

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