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Jun 7, 2000 02:14 PM

Any restaurants good for those with food allergies?

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I'm coming to NYC in a few weeks with my 3 year old son. We will be out and about almost every day for a week and will need to eat out.

Problem is, he is deathly allergic to milk and eggs.

Does anybody have any suggestions, besides kosher? Do you think restaurants will comply with his dietary restrictions?

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  1. I think you could do fine at Italian (for pasta; just make sure it started out dry not fresh and w/o eggs) and obviously at all sorts of Asian restaurants, if he's willing to eat that sort of food. I think you should explain the situation right off in a restaurant, and make it clear that you can't and won't stay if you cannot guarantee that you will successfully avoid those ingredients and be fully informed. I don't think you should have a problem if you start off with things which don't need much if any change.

    P.S. If your kid can eat sweets and you think he's missing out on cake, I know a good chocolate cake recipe that has no dairy or eggs. If you're interested, I'll post a link.

    1. Here are some options:
      Angelica Kitchen (vegan) on 12th St.
      Cafe Viva (vegan & vegetarian pizza) on 2nd Ave.
      LifeThyme on 6th Ave. for take-out
      Whole Earth Bakery on St.Mark's Place for take-out
      Black-Eyed Suzy's on E.7th St.
      At the higher end, Tabla gave me a delicious dinner that was not only dairy-free but served with complete graciousness. To echo Caitlin, just be very, very clear and firm about your son's needs and explain that it is a life and death matter. People tend to become much more accomodating once they grasp the seriousness of a situation.

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      1. re: Lauren

        I've only eaten there once, but Souen Natural Foods Restaurant at 28 East 13th (near 5th Avenue) was quite good. Asian-accented fish and vegetarian with some nice lunch specials that give a big enough variety there should be something he'd like.