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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).

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    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.

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      L'Asso
      192 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

      Emporio
      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?

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        Emporio
        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:
          http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

      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:

        http://www.pala-ny.com/library/pala_m...

        There are also daily specials.

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        Pala
        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!

          http://exm.nr/hQ2gdp

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          Falai
          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?

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            Risotteria
            270 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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