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chocolatefancy Jan 10, 2011 06:44 PM

A friend from work is leaving and we want to take her out-- a small group of 5. We work in NoHo, so preferably a place nearby. One person is a vegetarian, one is on a gluten free diet and one asked for italian. Any ideas? Oh yes, and not too pricey.

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    kathryn RE: chocolatefancy Jan 10, 2011 07:28 PM

    Five Points? The vegetarian can have salad and one of the vegetarian pizzas and a vegetable side, there's plenty for the gluten free person, and there seems to be pasta too for the Italian food-lover. I'd also call to confirm celiac and vegetarian friendliness.

    How much are you willing to spend per person, before tax, tip, wine/drink? If you can spend around $50pp and don't mind the walk, Hearth might work better if there's enough gluten-free for that diner. Great gnocchi, great mushrooms, and nearly all dishes can be made vegetarian (I've taken vegetarian friends there before).

    Five Points
    31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

    1. goodhealthgourmet RE: chocolatefancy Jan 10, 2011 08:04 PM

      if you're willing to head a bit South to SoHo, Emporio has a GF menu and plenty of vegetarian choices...L' Asso would be another option.

      192 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

      231 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012

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        mom22tots RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 11, 2011 04:16 PM

        Emporio's GF menu doesn't seem to be available online. What kind of GF offerings do they have?

        231 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012

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          goodhealthgourmet RE: mom22tots Jan 11, 2011 06:38 PM

          i noticed that! fortunately Menupages has it - scroll down about halfway:

      2. karmalaw RE: chocolatefancy Jan 11, 2011 12:29 PM

        Pala at 198 Allen Street just barely south of Houston has great italian food -- and the best gluten-free italian food I've had in NYC... They have regular, GF, and vegetarian items marked clearly on the menu -- I have eaten there a number of times with non-GF friends and they've all loved the food. Service is friendly and efficient. It's very reasonably priced IMO -- here's the regular menu:


        There are also daily specials.

        198 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

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          julilouie RE: chocolatefancy Jan 11, 2011 04:12 PM

          Falai cafe on Lafayette should have everything you need. Goodluck!


          68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

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            karmalaw RE: julilouie Jan 12, 2011 11:04 AM

            I see nothing on the Falai website or elsewhere that indicates that it offers a gluten-free menu. Do they have a gluten-free menu?

            Many restaurants have little to no experience or inclination to properly prepare gluten-free foods.

          2. MMRuth RE: chocolatefancy Jan 11, 2011 06:41 PM

            What about Risotteria in the Village?

            270 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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