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Gluten-free and hungry in Manhattan!

LJS Mar 24, 2011 04:29 PM

My adult daughter, who is celiac, will be visiting NYC with me in April. The town we live in is very limited as to GF dining options, so Manhattan is a big treat for us. (She is also pregnant and we intend to shop the creative maternity-wear options that the Big Apple offers and gallery-hop, too-really fun weekend).

So-o-o, we like Italian, seafood, 'Continental', Indian, Chinese, downhome Americana (somebody told us there is a GF fried chicken and waffles place???could such miracles really happen???)

Two evening meals will be casual,and relatively budget-conscious (less than $125 for two-nobody's drinking at this table right now) but as this is the first grandchild, I am willing to really shell out for glamour on the third night if there is something that requires it. This will give DD a chance to wear the new gear.

Thanks in advance!

  1. loratliff Mar 24, 2011 04:38 PM

    For GF Italian, you must try Risotteria. They have great GF risottos and pizzas. (And their GF breadsticks are phenom.) I'm not celiac, but it's still one of my favorite casual dinner spots.

    270 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: loratliff
      whitneybee Mar 25, 2011 05:13 AM

      I have celiac, and Risotteria is one of my favorite restaurants in Manhattan. Definitely go, but make sure you go on the earlier side, especially if you're there on a weekend. They don't take reservations and it gets crowded fast. I've never actually been with anyone else on a GF diet, and everyone always wants to go back.

      Also, I haven't heard anything about GF chicken and waffles, but please update if you find out more!

      270 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      1. re: whitneybee
        loratliff Mar 25, 2011 08:38 AM

        Yeah, the waits can be crazy—sometimes two hours or more, but you can always duck into bookbook next door or just walk around the neighborhood. (We live around the corner, so we typically go home and wait!)

    2. rteplow Mar 25, 2011 05:53 AM

      Another vote for Risotteria. There's also a bakery called Babycakes that makes GF products.

      248 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

      270 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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      1. re: rteplow
        whitneybee Mar 25, 2011 10:12 AM

        Tu-Lu's in the East Village is an entirely gluten free bakery as well, and IMO, they have better cupcakes than Babycakes. That being said, Babycakes's doughnuts are great, and I periodically crave them. I need to get down to the LES more often,

        248 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

        338 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

      2. shortexact Mar 25, 2011 07:56 AM

        I haven't tried it myself, but the fried chicken and waffles at Friedman's Lunch, Chelsea Market can be made gluten-free:


        The rest of the brunch, lunch, and dinner menus have other gluten-free dishes as well.

        Tu-Lu's in the East Village also has gluten-free baked goods:


        Friedman's Lunch
        75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        338 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

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          InfoMofo Mar 25, 2011 08:16 AM

          There is a place called Mara's Homemade in the East Village- the chef's daughter has a gluten allergy so she has a very good selection of GF items and they are clearly marked on the menu.

          Mara's Homemade
          342 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003

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            LJS Mar 25, 2011 09:24 AM

            Thanks to all who responded...this is a terrific selection and we ought to be able to check out several of these!

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            1. re: LJS
              RGR Mar 25, 2011 10:33 AM

              If you want to go fancy for your third night, your daughter will not have to worry about being accommodated. Our son-in-law is gluten-intolerant and has been able to dine quite happily at many of the 4-stars as well as other upscale spots. So, depending on exactly how much you can comfortably "shell out," restaurants I would recommend where he has also dined are per se, Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, Jean Georges, Corton, and SHO Sean Hergatt.

              SHO Sean Hergatt photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157625750974742/

              Jean Georges photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157623804646010/


              1. re: RGR
                whitneybee Mar 25, 2011 05:29 PM

                I definitely agree with this. Every time I've gone out to an upscale restaurant, they have been nothing less than accommodating. I've dined at Eleven Madison Park twice (both for lunch) and they went out of their way to make sure I had a stress-free meal.

                Eleven Madison Park
                11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

            2. Miss Needle Mar 25, 2011 01:49 PM

              Bar Breton has a very good selection of gluten-free items (as noted on the menu).


              La Quenelle
              254 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10020

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                AdinaA Mar 25, 2011 02:05 PM

                This may sound strange. But gluten free Manhattanites and visitors to Mabnhattan should think about trying one of the city's fine kosher restaurants on Passover. Lots of reviews on the Chowhound kosher board. The only way a New York kosher restaurant could possibly involve gluten during Passover would be by crunching up matzo and cooking with it. Some Jews do not find that acceptable, so most restaurants don't do it and those that do would flag such dishes. So, if you're here during Passover, try Moroccan food at Darna, or go to PimeKO. Just check the opening hours and book ahead. You will be amazed by the dishes wonderful food kosher cooks produce when forbidden to use grain of any kind for eight days.

                600 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

                1. rteplow Mar 26, 2011 05:56 AM

                  This post might interest you: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/773890. There are reviews of Momofuko Ko, Lincoln and Bouley. All restaurants made accommodations for the wife's gluten allergy.

                  Momofuku Ko
                  163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

                  142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

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                    LJS Mar 26, 2011 09:55 AM

                    More great grist for the gustatory gluten-free mill! bless you all!

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                      LJS May 4, 2011 12:33 PM

                      Back from NYC and thanks to you all, we ate very well.

                      Risotteria was great fun and those breadsticks are fabulous!

                      Palo was a treat for dinner, casual, but excellent service and wonderful GF pizza.

                      At Bistango we felt like we were old friends and the mushroom and ricotta ravioli was absolutely superb.

                      Friedmans (in the Chelsea market) was wortht the wait: who knew that (cheddar) waffles and fried chicken could be made fun and delicious for both GF and non-GF?

                      Babycakes Bakery serves up amazing cupcakes and those donuts!!!!!

                      Tulu Bakery does good basics and creative treats, too.

                      Bless you for bringing these wonderful ideas to our attention: we had a ball!

                      248 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

                      198 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

                      415 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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