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Gluten-free dining in Brooklyn- need recommendations

Stenro May 29, 2012 09:05 AM

I'm looking for recommendations for a place to bring my brother and sister-in-law for dinner. They are on gluten-free diets. Place does not have to be vegan/vegetarian (preferably not.) Preference for location would be Windsor Terrace/Park Slope/Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill/Clinton Hill but willing to consider elsewhere. It does not have to be all gluten-free but have a good enough selection of gluten-free dishes.

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    carfreeinla May 29, 2012 07:55 PM

    I would suggest that first you start with the restaurants that look most appealing to you. I have CD and am very sensitive and I have yet to go to a restaurant and have a problem in the past 10 years. You may want to avoid the pizzerias and the BBQ places ( found a number of them that use soy sauce in marinades or sauces. Happy to weigh in once you narrow your choices.

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    1. re: carfreeinla
      Stenro May 29, 2012 09:46 PM

      Thanks- that makes sense. Good point about soy sauce- probably wouldn't have thought about that.

      1. re: carfreeinla
        SharonLeeJ Aug 22, 2012 04:16 PM

        Hi, the other thing is to ask if the restaurant has gluten-free soy sauce - it is available and is great if you particularly want that soy flavour

      2. egit May 30, 2012 10:07 AM

        Just one small data point for you. I was at Strong Place not too long ago with a friend who has CD. Their menu is not extensive, but I was pleasantly surprised at how informed and understanding the staff was. The server ran into the kitchen to check if there was anything potentially dangerous in a couple of dishes. "Well, the <whatever> has some flour in it, so you can't have that, but x, y and z are fine." There was no eye-rolling or heavy sighing.

        You should check out Battersby in Carroll Gardens if your budget allows it. They do a lot of off-the-cuff tasting menus, so they'd probably do a great job and no one would feel deprived.

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          Stenro May 30, 2012 11:49 AM

          Thanks for the info. Is Strong Place the place right across from Cobble Hill Cinema that has no sign? Always wondered what that place was.

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            egit May 30, 2012 12:33 PM

            Yep. That's it. Their bar is beer and wine only, with smallish plates either for sharing or hogging all to yourself.

          2. re: egit
            carfreeinla May 30, 2012 05:36 PM

            Your experience is exactly why I suggest that people pick a restaurant first and then ask about GF. My best meals have certainly not been from the GF only restaurants.

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            manhattank Jun 1, 2012 12:45 PM

            Caselnova on the Columbia Waterfront district has many gluten free options. http://www.caselnova.com/

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              Stenro Jun 1, 2012 01:08 PM

              Thanks- will keep that in mind for next time. Already have rezzies at Scottodito Osteria Tuscana in Park Slope.

            2. famdoc Jun 4, 2012 10:55 AM

              Fornino has a wide selection of gluten-free items, including pizzas and pastas. They are very keen on helping their gluten-sensitive guests enjoy their experience.

              1. sinjawns Jun 8, 2012 10:36 AM

                Hi-- for future reference: Bogota on 5th has many GF options noted on the regular menu, which I appreciated. If your brother and sister-in-law are strict in their gluten-freeness, they will be happy to see that dedicated deep fryers are used for GF items.

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