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Jan 20, 2012 02:03 PM

Restaurant recs in theatre dist etc for Paleo eaters

My husband and I are coming from our home in San Francisco Bay Area to New York for a week of theatre. We both eat Paleo--in other words grain and gluten free + dairy free.

Looking for great places to eat Meat and Vegetables! Doesn't have to have a gluten free menu; we usually order off a regular menu and get whatever meat and veg are made without grain or dairy. It is fun if the menu has a gluten and dairy free desert but not essential.

We will be seeing plays most nights, mostly in the theatre dist but also one night in Union Square and one night at Irish Rep on W 22nd at 6th.

I'll also be going to museums during the day: Met, MOMA, Whitney, Museum of City of NY (E 103rd), & Tenement Museum--and welcome suggestions for dining alone and dining well near those museums.

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  1. Near Union Square is Craft, where the menu is more single-ingredient focused. They have great meats and vegetables; you may have to be careful ordering if you wish to avoid any butter.

    Kind of near 22nd and 6th is Hill Country BBQ, where you order meat from the counter by the pound.

    If you like Korean or Japanese style BBQ, check out Takashi in the West Village. Meat centric and a different take on meat that's totally delicious. I love their chuck eye tartare with a quail egg and sesame seeds, short ribs, skirt steak, beef cheek, beef belly, spicy cucumber salad . They also have a great dish that is chuck flap topped with sea urchin and fresh wasabi on shiso leaf and nori.

    There's also Mas (La Grillade), where the focus is farm to table and grilling. I believe it recently got a good review in the New York Times. Also in the West Village.

    Closeish to Times Square is Keens, a steakhouse with good food and a lot of NY history.

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

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

    43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

    456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10011

    Mas (La Grillade)
    28 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

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    1. re: kathryn

      I think Keens is a good idea as well, especially for out-of-towners who would like to enjoy a New York City classic. There is another Keens thread current right now:

      Note that while Keens serves some great steaks, it's really known for its mutton chops. (They are actually lamb chops, but no matter.) You can easily put together a zero-grain, zero-dairy meal there.

      I am a huge fan of the mutton chop. My friends like the prime rib.

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

      1. re: foodmonk

        i agree w/ Keens, as kathryn and foodmonk said above...

        i'd also suggest Aburiya Kinnosuke for Japanese grilled and raw dishes...

        for the OP: i think you'll find that most restaurants (except for obvious no-go's like pizzerias and noodle shops or sandwich places) will be very easy to eat at on your diet...a great many New Yorkers have cut down on carbs over the last decade, so i'd say just pick the cuisines you like best, places you've read about and are intrigued by, and then check the menus online to make sure there are enough options that you prob want to stay away from most tasting menus though, and make sure ordering a la carte is an option.

        I often try to eat low/no carb meals myself, and i rarely have a problem: sashimi and veggie dishes at Japanese restaurants, spicy salads and soups and grilled meats and prawns at Thai places, oysters and salads and bouillabaise and lamb at French, etc...

        Aburiya Kinnosuke
        213 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017