A Gluten Free New York City

On a recent trip to NYC I was determined to visit, take pictures and review some gluten free cafes and restaurants to make it that little easier for those travelling there who are Coeliac. I have been a couple of times before but was lazy and didn’t include them in my blog, selfish I know, so here it finally is – some of the places I visited and tried but also a few I was recommended but couldn’t fit in / I couldn’t eat anymore!
Egg Shop, 151 Elizabeth Street

Really loved this breakfast and lunch place. It is super popular so get there early or be prepared to queue (tables turnaround quickly so although told 40 minutes for a table it actually took 15 max). A really extensive menu and everything can be made gluten free apart from the fried chicken. The English muffin, that my sausage and eggs was served on, was deliciously soft and with some hot sauce this was a fantastic brunch to start my day in NYC off in style.

egg shop
Friedmans, 132 W 31st St,

What’s that? Fried chicken and waffles? Oh yeah! I was so excited when I found out that a place in NYC does gluten free fried chicken and waffles. Friedman’s was awesome because it’s fully set-up to cater for those on a gluten free diet. The whole menu is gluten free / can be made gluten free and the only problem you will have is how to choose. The fried waffles and chicken was huge but it didn’t stop me – habanero honey drizzled over was the perfect addition. They are also attached to a bagel shop which is gluten free – couldn’t manage it this time but it looked fantastic!

Baz Bagel and Restaurant, 181 Grand Street

I couldn’t go to the USA and not have a bagel so I was delighted to find Baz Bagel – the gluten free bagels were out of this world and the cream cheese topping with bacon was the perfect choice (and they certainly don’t skimp on the toppings). A small but popular venue but worth the wait – I would thoroughly recommend trying out Baz Bagel for breakfast or lunch if around the Little Italy area.

Rubirosa, 235 Mulberry St

We may have got a tad excited about the menu at Rubirosa because we ordered so much but it was worth the pain of being so full afterwards. What a fantastic gluten free menu – pizzas, pastas, fried food – the list could go on. We ordered the Octopus special which was so fresh and perfectly cooked, and the mozzarella rice balls to start, then we shared the mushroom pizza (garlic central but worth it) and meatballs for main – all fantastic but the pizza had to be my favourite (close second the Octopus). If you like Italian food then please go to this real Italian feel restaurant in the middle of NYC – you won’t regret it!

Pie by the Pound, 124 4th Ave

On our last day in NYC I was desperate for a slice – we couldn’t find a place that did gluten free pizza by the slice but we did find Pie by the Pound which catered for Coeliac’s. The owner is Coeliac so understands the challenges we face and even had gluten free magazines available to read – something we don’t really have in the UK. We shared a pepperoni pizza and it didn’t disappoint. I also grabbed a gluten free cookie for the journey and it was awesome!

Other recommendations

I didn’t manage to get to these but my Coeliac friend in NYC also recommended them for those on a gluten free diet.

Russ and Daughters, 127 Orchard, www.russanddaughters.com – great breakfast / brunch with gluten free options available.

Minetta Tavern, 113 MacDougal St, www.minettatavernny.com – delicious gluten free burgers.

Blue Ribbon, various locations, www.blueribbonrestaurants.com – awesome for gluten free sushi.

Mira Sushi, 46 W 22nd St, www.ordermirasushi.com – awesome for gluten free sushi.

Hu Kitchen, 78 Fifth Avenue, www.hukitchen.com – gluten free baked goods!

L’Artusi, 228 10th St, www.lartusi.com – apparently their gluten free pasta is divine.

Carbone, 181 Thompson St, www.carbonenewyork.com – one of my friends favourite Italian places with plenty of gluten free options.

Maialino, 2 Lexington Ave, www.maialinonyc.com – Italian with great gluten free options.

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