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Jan 7, 2012 08:05 AM

Allergy Friendly Recs Needed - Midtown

Hi all! I'm looking for some recs for good dinner spots that are allergy friendly. MANY food allergies in my family, mostly mine, and we will be in the city in two weeks for the weekend. Thank you!!

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  1. where will you be staying? what's your budget? how many people will be dining? what cuisines do you typically like/dislike?

    1. Not outrageously expensive, overly dressy. Somewhere nice, clean, delicious food. Have to avoid Asian (no peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, mushrooms, pineapple, raspberries, cauliflower, mango, strawberries, and no lactose for me...also one person with no shellfish) We looked at Brasserie but reviews were not good. Also Patroon looked good but no ressies available. We thought about Blue Smoke where I've been before but one member of the party won't like the food there. Help!!

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      1. Trying to get this back to the top of the list again! thx all for any info you can provide!

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        1. re: eenie1

          Checking in again! Any further recs? thx!

        2. Maybe Spotted Pig or any restaurants specializing in English, Italian, Spanish or American fare. Check out some of the steak houses like Keen. Also, there's a chance that the restaurants will accommodate a few of your allergies by substituting out like the cauliflower with another vegetable. You may just want to compile a list of places you want to eat at then check out the menu and call the restaurant beforehand and see how accommodating they can be. It may be better than ruling out places that seem to be unaccommodating.

          For example, against my wishes, I recently had dinner with an unexpected and last minute guest (a friend of a friend) who was allergic to half the menu. Without any advance warning, the restaurant surprisingly accommodated all of her allergies (and she had some weird ones that I didn't think were possible). I give the restaurant a lot of credit for being so accommodating since this person turned out to be fussy as well. Based on this experience, I do believe most restaurants are willing to work with customers within reason, contrary to what you read about certain chefs and their beliefs about modifying and compromising their food vision.

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

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

          1. Wanted to let everyone know we wound up at Kefi. Link is attached to their Facebook page. I can't say enough wonderful things about their attention to my allergies, our server, the amazing food, and the beautiful atmosphere. I cannot wait to get back to the city for another meal!! Thanks again all for your suggestions!!!/kefiresta...

            505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024