CIRCA Sightings: The Rooftop Garden at The Waldorf Astoria

It may come as a surprise to many that nestled on top of New York’s iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel are six beehives, each containing 60,000 bees. Last year, Executive Chef David Garcelon, Culinary Director at the Waldorf Astoria, collaborated with Patrick Cote, founder of the New York Beekeepers Association, to install these hives on the 20th floor terrace in hopes to provide the restaurant’s guests with the freshest farm-to-table honey in the city. The delicious “Top of the Waldorf Honey” is used by Chef Garcelon in numerous dishes, such as the Honey Glazed Fried Chicken and the Honey Ice Cream at the hotel’s Bull and Bear Steakhouse.

Last year, the Waldorf Astoria harvested 3 times and got a total of 125 pounds of honey. This year, the hotel has announced that from the first harvest alone, they got 207 pounds of honey! The hotel’s goal is to harvest 600lbs of honey or more per year. In addition to beehives, the hotel also installed raised bed gardens, which provide Chef Garcelon and his team with fresh herbs such as dill, thyme and basil. The rooftop garden also boasts fresh squash, strawberries and apple trees.

CIRCA joined The Horticultural Society of New York for a private tour of the Rooftop Kitchen Garden and Beehives.

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The Rooftop Kitchen Garden at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel

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Some of the 360,000 Bees that Reside on The Waldorf Astoria’s Rooftop

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George Pisegna, Director of the Horticultural Society of New York, Executive Chef David Garcelon, and Patrick Cote, Founder of the New York Beekeepers Association

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Executive Chef David Garcelon Shares Appetizers Made with Fresh Rooftop Kitchen Ingredients

The Waldorf Astoria Rooftop Kitchen Garden is open to the public during tours of the hotel, which are offered on Thursday and Saturday mornings and include lunch at the Waldorf’s Peacock Alley or Oscar’s restaurants. To reserve a spot, please call (212) 872-1275.

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