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gluten-free challenge

nyc_to_ma Mar 11, 2013 12:19 PM

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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    kathryn RE: nyc_to_ma Mar 11, 2013 01:27 PM

    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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      dyrewolf RE: nyc_to_ma Mar 11, 2013 01:35 PM

      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

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        carfreeinla RE: nyc_to_ma Mar 11, 2013 06:55 PM

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

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          kszek RE: nyc_to_ma Mar 11, 2013 09:35 PM

          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!

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            nyc_to_ma RE: nyc_to_ma Mar 12, 2013 08:57 AM

            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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              whitneybee RE: nyc_to_ma Mar 12, 2013 07:26 PM

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

            2. goodhealthgourmet RE: nyc_to_ma Mar 12, 2013 08:23 PM

              Lilli & Loo in the E. 60's has a huge GF menu - it's one of those fusion places that offers Chinese, Sushi and Thai. They also have a sister restaurant - Lili's 57 - in Midtown West.

              Bistango in Kips Bay offers a lot of GF options including numerous pastas, as well as GF beer and hard cider.

              I'm also hearing good things about Pip's Place - a GF bakery on the UES.

              1. toomuch4ne1 RE: nyc_to_ma Mar 12, 2013 10:36 PM

                I've had the same problem in travel. If you have a smart phone I have great news!! The app I use is, "Find me Gluten Free".
                Not only will it give you all the locations, menus and phone numbers. There are coupons to show the vendor to keep promotions going for all of us Celiac folks. Buy on get one, $5.00 off, Free food in general. While traveling this is a GREAT bonus. I hope you have fun, and this helps out!!!

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                  rootszoe RE: nyc_to_ma Mar 13, 2013 03:13 AM

                  This place near Union Square looks good http://www.piebythepound.com/?page_id=4

                  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: nyc_to_ma May 14, 2013 03:40 PM

                    Would love a report on where you ended up eating and how it was.

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                      foodwhisperer RE: nyc_to_ma May 14, 2013 08:37 PM

                      Rubirosa has several gluten free dishes , including pizza.
                      Pala is another place with gluten free pizza.

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                        kszek RE: nyc_to_ma May 14, 2013 10:08 PM

                        Don Antonio (50th b/t 8th and 9th) is a wonderful, relatively inexpensive place. A friend and I split a salad (with lots of fresh mozzarella) and a gluten-free margherita pizza- delicious! And the salad even came with bread!

                        Also, I Peacefood Cafe (UWS and Greenwich is easily gluten free/vegan). Pretty solid food.

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