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Nov 7, 2011 08:13 PM

Dining in NYC with Diabetes

We're going to visiting NYC for a couple days with a friend of ours who has gestational diabetes. This means that we'll have to really watch her carb intake. We've decided this is a perfect excuse to hit Peter Luger's but would like to know what other places would be diabetes friendly. We'll also have a 2 yr old so that may affect some of the dining options.

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  1. Low/lower carb options:

    Takashi - Japanese yakiniku, very high quality meat, I've seen kids there, but not really any that young, but it's not really a formal restaurant either.
    Madangsui - Korean BBQ
    Blue Smoke, Hill Country, etc - regular American BBQ
    Spotted Pig/Breslin - much more kid friendly at lunch/brunch
    DBGB - lots of sausages/burgers for her, charcuterie for you, much more kid friendly at lunch/brunch
    Zabb Elee - Issan Thai, so much less focused on noodle dishes and curries

    Perhaps somewhere seafood focused so she could have shrimp, crab, salmon?

    Hill Country
    30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

    Spotted Pig
    314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

    35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

    Blue Smoke
    116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

    299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

    The Breslin
    20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

    456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10011

    Zabb Elee
    75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    1. i like kathryn's DBGB idea -- a butter lettuce salad, some oysters or shrimp cocktail, and a sausage/burger is a great low-carb meal...

      Keens Chophouse -- especially the pub room (in between the bar and main dining room)

      lots of Japanese places that offer sashimi, tofu salads, etc...

      Cercle Rouge for crab and avocado salad, bouillabaise, tuna tartar

      If you specify more in terms of neighborhood, budget, cuisine, etc, you'll prob get lots of other suggestions too...

      72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

      Cercle Rouge
      241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

      299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

      1 Reply
      1. re: Simon

        Oysters and sashimi and tuna tartare are probably out for the pregnant friend (gestational diabetes), though!

      2. Sorry - I should've mentioned the budget. We're open to most ideas up to $30-$40 for just food I'm guessing. Our friend and her husband enjoy the nicer places like Le Bernardin / Inn at Little Washington in DC, etc but there really won't be a chance to do that since we have the little man with us.

        DBGB and Beslin are good suggestions. kathryn is right that shellfish/seafood are things she really can't eat right now.

        We've never been to Keen's. What's the difference between the Pub Room vs the normal dining room?

        Le Bernardin
        155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

        299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

        4 Replies
        1. re: miltronix

          Keens is our favorite steakhouse. The Pub Room has the same Old NY ambiance as the main dining room but is smaller and cozier. The menu is somewhat different and less expensive.

          Keens photos:

          1. re: RGR

            I think the Pub Room at Keens is too crowded for a group that size with a small child,and it has never struck me as toddler-friendly. How about the Meatball Shop? It's basically meatballs and you can get them with a salad too. It's also inexpensive. Or maybe Souvlaki GR - grilled chicken and beef, salad? The pregnant pal will just have to pass up those lovely pitas.

            The Meatball Shop
            84 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

            Souvlaki GR
            116 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002

            1. re: eeee

              To be honest, we've never eaten in the Pub Room. But whenever we've been to Keens for dinner and I've looked into the Pub Room, it's been totally empty. Perhaps, it's busy at lunch?


              1. re: RGR

                It might vary by time of day, but it's always been hopping when I've been there. anyway, with a group that size in a place that doesn't take reservations, best not to chance it. (admittedly I am paranoid)

                Oh, Pylos could work too. and they do take reservations.

                128 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009