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Mar 11, 2013 12:19 PM

gluten-free challenge

After nearly three years away, I'm excited to visit my old haunts and discover new ones on a New York trip in a few weeks. One problem -- I've recently been diagnosed with celiac disease and have to avoid gluten. I'm also not great with eggs -- I'm fine if they're used in something, but can't order an omelette.

So -- any thoughts on places to eat? Extra points for:
-Places on the Upper East Side, Williamsburg, and Astoria, as that's where most of my friends live (*cross-posted to outer boroughs)
-Brunch (this will be near-impossible, I know. I *can* eat oats, if that helps)
-cheap eats (entrees under $20)
-restaurants/bars that offer interesting hard cider

Thanks for any thoughts.

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  1. Cheap eats and UES don't really match. W-burg and Astoria will definitely be more friendly this regards.

    Friedman's in Chelsea Market has gluten free brunch.

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    1. There is really a lot of gluten free around, in the UWD Nice matin and its midtown sibling Nizza have very good gluten free menus. On the UES there is a natural place that my gluten free niece likes, ... I'll look for the name. Down in the village is Risotteria

      1. Actually you can't eat oats. Few places with GF oats. What are your old haunts?

        1. I, too, have celiac; so I feel your pain when it comes to eating out! However, NYC does have some pretty good options.

          For breakfast and cheap eats, I like Grey Dog. They are really good about helping you find gluten free options (of which there are plenty) on their menu. They have g-free muffins and scones, as well as bread for their sandwiches. There are a few locations around the city.

          Taim falafel is really good too. All of their falafel and salads are g-free. I get their platter and just ask for it without pita bread.

          Keste has g-free pizza, and uses a separate oven to avoid cross contamination. You may be pushing the cheap eats, though.

          Bareburger has a nice tapioca bun as well as gluten free french fries. It's not the best burger, but it has a lot of options.

          I think there is a Barcade in Williamsburg. I went to the one in Jersey City and had a really nice hard cider that was on tap (a real rarity!).

          Hope this helps!

          1. Thanks, everyone -- this is super helpful.

            Grey Dog was one of my favorites during my pre-celiac grad school days and I'm happy to hear they're GF-friendly. I'll also have to check out Keste -- I remember loving their regular pizza and I hope their GF pizza is anything nearly as good.

            Friedman's also looks awesome.

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            1. re: nyc_to_ma

              The Friedman's grilled pastrami reuben is one of my favorite GF things in the city.