Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Update: NYC GF-Friendly Eatery List

Below is an updated NYC GF-Friendly Eatery List, arranged by neighborhood, borough, and state (there are some NJ businesses included). Listings are for places I have heard of - from businesses or diners - or eaten at myself. The venues with asterisks are places where I've personally eaten safely. (If you'd care to make similar notes and share, please do so in comments below!)

Please note: This is NOT a guaranteed safe list! Exercise your usual GF caution before dining, i.e. call ahead, ask about their processes, etc.**

This list is a work in progress. I'll be updating it with new venues, hyperlinks, and a map (eventually). I hope it helps get you out in the world more often, enjoying safe social eating with the people in your life. So without further ado:

L'Asso (Offering GF pizza and pasta.)
Beauty and Essex (Food allergy/intolerance-friendly. Meat and seafood-heavy dinner menu, including a raw bar.)
Emporio (Food allergy/intolerance- friendly. Offer GF pasta and pizza.)
*Babycakes (Vegan/Kosher/Soy-free/GF cupcakes, cookies, donuts, and more. A must-go when in NYC.)
For summer 2011: Babycakes will have a beach stand in the Rockaways, at 96th St.! Check their website for details.

Nom Wah (Offering GF dim sum! GF menu items are clearly marked.)
Buddha Bodhi (Vegan, kosher Chinese with some GF options.)

Rubirosa: (Italian, including pasta, with a separate GF menu.)

West Village: 
Keste Pizza (Pizzeria offering GF pizza on Mondays and Tuesdays)
*Risotteria (Italian: risotto (of course), pizza, fantastic breadsticks, and baked goods. Their old-school black and white cookies are amazing; I have made the trip for those alone.)
Gustorganics (Organic. Clearly marked GF items on menus.)
Gobo (Vegan/GF)

East Village: 
Lula's Sweet Apothecary (Vegan frozen desserts with GF options.)
Heather's (SUPER gluten-free-friendly bar - both the owner and manager are GF! Check out the link for details on their GF offerings and statement.)
Pommes Frites (All French fries, all the time)
*Stogo (Vegan/GF ice cream + baked goods/sweets from Babycakes and other vegan/GF producers)
*Tu-Lu’s Bakery (All GF. Offering sweet and savory baked goods, as well as gorgeous panini on homemade bread.)
*S’mac (Mac ‘n cheese.)
*Rice (292 Elizabeth St.) (One of my very favorite places to eat in all of NYC! Ask for the separate GF menu.)
Pala Pizza (Regular pizzeria offering GF options.)
Caracas (Arepas)
Sacred Chow (Vegan/Kosher)

*Friedman’s Lunch (Many, many GF options for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Located in the historic Chelsea Market which, p.s., can get really busy, especially on weekends.) Take advantage of proximity to the High Line - get your food to go and enjoy it at one of the tables or chaise lounges along the newly expanded park!)

Union Square: 
L'Annam (Vietnamese. They have a sister site on 28th St, which - as far as I know - is NOT GF-friendly.)
*PIE (GF pizza. Delicious. Not available by the slice.)

Bar Breton (Buckwheat galettes)
Blue Smoke (BBQ – with a jazz club one floor away!)
Eleven Madison Park (Offers GF diners a GF breadbasket with a selection of Everybody Eats artisanal breads)

Murray Hill: 
Hangawi (GF vegetarian Korean food. Separate GF menu.)
Bistango (Very GF-friendly Italian – and they now have GF cupcakes!)
*Chennai Garden (Indian restaurant where the majority of the menu is GF)
*Asia de Cuba (Special occasion place. Pricey and kind of a "scene".)
*Bloom's Kosher Deli (Old school deli, complete with pickle tray brought to table upon arrival! Fantastic place to go for a diner breakfast like the kind you enjoyed before gluten intolerance. Reasonable prices and generous portions.)  
Times Sq.:
Ruby Foo’s (Asian food. A limited GF menu with desserts by Foods by George. Have heard only good things about their food and ambiance.)

Midtown West: 
Liili 57 (Sister to Lilli and Loo. Asian food, including sushi and dumplings.)
Heartland Brewery (There are multiple Heartland locations in NYC, but this is currently the only site offering a GF menu.)
Nizza (Italian. Separate GF menu.)

Midtown East/UES:
*Lilli and Loo (GF Asian, including sushi!)

Bar Italia (I hear from Delight Gluten Free Magazine that they have a GF Italian menu!)
*Lumi (High-end Italian)
Candle 79 (Vegan/GF)
Candle Cafe (Vegan/GF)
*Peters Restaurant (Upscale diner where most of the menu is GF)
Gobo (Vegan/GF)

Nussbaum & Wu (In Morningside Heights. Offers GF pizza.)
Café 82
*Nice Matin (Great spot. Beautiful interior, large outdoor seating area, and a staff that knows their GF stuff.)
Café Fiorello

Multiple locations:
5 Napkin Burger (One member of the NYC Celiac Meetup group reports that they have GF buns and a dedicated GF fryer. As always – be sure to inquire before ingesting!)

Brooklyn, Park Slope: 
Sweet Melissa's Patisserie (Ice cream and some GF baked goods. GF items are made in separate area of kitchen, i.e. not dedicated GF facility.)
*The Gate (Bar serving Redbridge. A GREAT place to meet up with friends, as it's BYOF (bring your own FOOD!), i.e. you can all order/bring food in from elsewhere and enjoy the patio or old school indoor bar.)
*Bogota Latin Bistro (2 dedicated GF fryers and a newly expanded GF-friendly menu!)
*Everybody Eats (All-GF bakery, offering beautiful baguettes, bagels, challah, cookies, and more)
*Sun in Bloom (All vegan, many GF menu items – all GF baked goods)
Luscious Foods (Offers sandwiches on deli rolls from Everybody Eats)
Crespella (All savory crepes are gluten-free (made with chickpea flour), BUT they are made on the same griddle as gluten-containing sweet crepes. The staff says they clean it very well for GF customers. Fine for some, but not a risk I'd personally take.)
Sheep Station (Carrying Everybody Eats buns for sandwiches and burgers)
V Spot (Vegan with some GF)
Juice Masters (Offers bagels, cookies, and sandwiches on rolls from Everybody Eats)

Brooklyn, DUMBO: 
* Rice (One of my very favorite places to eat in all of NYC! Ask for the separate GF menu.)

Brooklyn, Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens: 
Sweet Melissa's Patisserie (Ice cream and some GF baked goods. GF items are made in separate area of kitchen, i.e. not dedicated GF facility.)
Maybelle's Cafe (Offers sandwiches on deli rolls from Everybody Eats)

Brooklyn, Bedford Stuyvesant:
Bedford Hill Coffee Bar (Offers sandwiches on deli rolls from Everybody Eats as well as their chocolate chip cookies.)

King Yum (Asian dishes. Extensive GF menu.)
La Bottega: (Separate GF menu, including antipasti, soup, pasta, and more. All sites in Queens offer panini made on rolls from Everybody Eats)

NJ, Hoboken:
Con Sapore (GF pizza offered at mainstream pizzeria in Belmar, NJ)
Anthony David’s
Pasta Truck
Bin 14
Basic Foods
Stax (GF pancakes)
Hoboken Farms

GF products/places to shop:
*GFree NYC (Of course! NYC’s first all GF store!)

Pret a Manger (Some GF menu items, including select soups, salads, and sushi. Ask a manager for a list.)
PF Chang’s
Pizzeria Uno
California Pizza Kitchen
Bonefish Grill
Carabas Italian
Outback Steakhouse
Le Pan Quotidian – (Have heard that they offer a GF quiche with an all buckwheat crust)

**Personally, I would not be able to eat at a number of the venues above, because I am so very sensitive to even small amounts of gluten. I am listing them anyway because I know there are people who are much less sensitive and would likely choose to dine at many of these eateries.

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