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Dec 30, 2007 08:26 PM

Gluten Free NY

I have a friend whose father is coming in to visit. He needs gluten-free; she prefers not to be fleishig. Does anybody suggestions for dinner? Preferably not overly expensive.

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  1. Risotteria on Bleecker serves Italian and everthing is gluten free

    1. you should be able to find some ideas in this article or one of the blogs mentioned within...

      as kobetobiko mentioned, there's the fleishig issue, also consider candle 79 - it's vegan and very celiac-friendly.

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Are either of these restaurants kosher? Ristotteria seems to have shrimp on its menu, making it not even vegetarian.

          As far as I know, there isn't a gluten-free kosher restaurant in New York. That said, Caravan of Dreams (vegan and kosher-certified) seems like the sort of place that might be helpful, so you might want to call them and ask about gluten-free:

          1. re: GilaB

            Thank you. Entire restaurant does not have to be gluten-free, just some of the dishes served.

            1. re: Shiguy

              Why doesn't walking into a regular restaurant and asking about a particular dish? My friend who is allergic to gluten simply doesn't get bread, grains, etc., but will otherwise eat anywhere (of course, italian food is tricky, but fish is fine).

              1. re: craigcep

                Some people are more sensitive to gluten than others - a friend with celiac disease finds that even soy sauce gives her stomach problems, because of the wheat in it. It's not that hard to make gluten-free food (I've had her over for several Shabbos meals with no problem), but a restaurant that's not aware of the issues involved might not realize that seemingly innocuous ingredients could be a problem.

                1. re: GilaB

                  unfortunately for those of us who are gluten-intolerant, the onus often falls on us to educate the staff at our chosen dining establishments. i always tell the host/hostess and my server about my condition, and explain what it means if they don't know. and i'm hyper-vigilant about asking detailed questions regarding the ingredients in any dishes i hope to order, as well as the preparation protocol in the restaurant's kitchen. occasionally i wind up being served something that was contaminated, but i refuse to let it prevent me from continuing to dine in restaurants.

                  Shiguy, i apologize - i completely flaked and forgot that this was the kosher board! my suggestion for you is to focus more on that and the fleishig issues...the gluten-free diner should be able to order something to his specifications anywhere except for an asian restaurant that prepares everything with soy...or a bakery ;)