Friday, February 10, 2012

NYC GF-Friendly Eatery List

Below is the most recent 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; 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 and hyperlinks along the way.) 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. (Starting 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

*Souen: (multiple locations with different menus) Macrobiotic restaurant with GF sushi and other GF items. Menu is marked with items that can be prepared GF. Very casual atmosphere, rustic food; healthy, but hearty.

East Village: 
Gingersnap's Organic: All dishes are also vegan and raw.
Souen: (multiple locations with different menus) Macrobiotic restaurant. Menu is marked with items that can be prepared GF.
*Hampton Chutney Company: Dosa and uttapa - GF chickpea batter crepes, filled with delicious things. 
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

Bar Suzette: Creperie in Chelsea Market. All crepes can be made with a gluten-free batter upon request. (GF batter happens to be egg/dairy-free as well.)  
*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: 
Souen: (multiple locations with different menus) Macrobiotic restaurant. Menu is marked with items that can be prepared GF.
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". CLOSED
*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, dumplings, and fried spring rolls!

Fratelli Pizza: GF pizza and pasta in addition to their regular gluten-containing menu
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

Mike's Pizzeria
Haakon's Hall
Hampton Chutney Company: Dosa and uttapa - GF chickpea batter crepes, filled with delicious things. 
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: I hear they have GF buns and a dedicated GF fryer!

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

Brooklyn, Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens: 
Mandy's Healthy Cafe: Offers GF sandwich, soup, salad options and more.
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. CLOSED
Maybelle's Cafe: Offers sandwiches on deli rolls from Everybody Eats

Brooklyn, DUMBO:
Front St. Pizza: Regular pizzeria/deli with GF pizza, pasta, and sandwich options
*Rice: One of my very favorite places to eat in all of NYC! Ask for the separate GF menu.

Brooklyn, Gowanus: 
*Everybody Eats: All-GF bakery, offering beautiful baguettes, bagels, challah, cookies, and more

Brooklyn, Greenpoint: 
Brooklyn Mac: Macaroni and cheese shop with GF options

Brooklyn, Park Slope: 
Scottadino: Beautiful little Italian restaurant offering GF pasta. (Have you eaten there safely? I'd be curious to know.)
Ghenet:  Ethiopian food, with many dishes naturally gluten-free. While the injera bread they serve contains some wheat, with a few days notice, Ghenet will prepare the more traditional teff-only injera, which is GF.
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!
*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. Carries cookies from Everybody Eats.
Sheep Station: Carrying Everybody Eats buns for sandwiches and burgers
V Spot: Vegan with some GF

Brooklyn, Waterfront District: 
Caselnova: Trattoria with separate GF menu!

Brooklyn, Windsor Terrace:
Brooklyn Commune: Offers sandwiches on GF bread

Brooklyn, Williamsburg: 
Brooklyn Mac: Macaroni and cheese shop with GF options
Brooklyn Wok Shop: Chinese food with GF items clearly marked on menu.

*Fabiane's Cafe and Pastry Shop: Egg dishes, sandwiches, salads, waffles, french toast, muffins, and AMAZING pastries. GF catering also available. See details here. I've eaten here three times and felt fine after each visit.

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.


  1. I relied on your list on my last trip to NYC! I'm equally as sensitive, and wanted to share my results:

    Nizza - I love this place and ate there safely over a year ago, but unfortunately had a reaction to something here. My dinner companions this time ate gluten - breadsticks - and it might just have been that.

    Pommes Frites - I loved this place! It made me feel like a real New Yorker, standing in link with some of the hung-over kids.

    Lilli & Loo - ended up eating here twice, as gluten-free Chinese is hard to come by! Felt safe enough that I had delivery, even...

    Tu-Lus and Babycakes - was a little nervous about Babycakes using spelt in other products, but enjoyed both bakeries safely.

    A couple of places that aren't on your list:
    Riverpark - by far my best dining experience in NYC. I was really catered to, and know of many gluten-free friends that have ate at all of Tom Colicchio's restaurants safely.

    Taim Falafel & Smoothie Bar - I didn't get over to this place, but I've had her protege's falafel - it is amazing & always gluten-free.

  2. Thanks for the feedback and suggestions! So very glad you found the list useful. Will add your suggestions in with the next update - and find a reason to go to Riverpark! The menu looks amazing - thanks for the hot tip!