Gluten Free New York City
Happy May day! May is National Celiac Disease Awareness month.
I started working with the Celiac Disease Foundation this year, and I am truly honoured to be able to work with such a fantastic organization. My first race this season is the etape du tour in France and I am racing on their behalf. My goal is to get as much knowledge about celiac disease out there! I was diagnosed just over a year ago and I have lived the healthiest year of my life since going off gluten. I cannot wait to race now that I am gluten free.
In New York City it took some time to figure out where I could eat. Now that I have tried so many different places, I have some favourites to share for anyone that is gluten free and visiting New York City.
Pala 198 Allen St: Amazing organic Italian restaurant in the lower eastside that is perfect for celiacs as well as vegans! Every salad is gluten free; they have multiple types of gluten free pasta, a dedicated gluten free fryer and most importantly, make the very best gluten free pizza I have ever had. Try the zucchina pizza. Highly recommended!
ABC Kitchen 35 East 18th St: The new Jean-Georges restaurant that is inside ABC Carpet & Home. It is absolutely beautiful and very healthy, organic, local… a farm-to-table feel. The staff is well educated on gluten and have always made perfect arrangements. One of my personal favourite restaurants- try the spinach and quinoa salad or roasted carrot and avocado salad, and the sundae is also gluten free!
Friedmans Lunch 75 Ninth Ave: The restaurant is located inside the historic Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District. Chelsea market is very cool so I would recommend a trip there anyway, and this restaurant is definitely something to check out if you are gluten free! Organic, healthy, delicious comfort food; the entire menu is practically gluten free. I had a Rueben sandwich on gluten free bread last time I was there and it was so good. This place deserves recognition for excellence in catering to gluten free crowd, seriously.
Tulu’s Gluten Free Bakery 338 East 11th St: The only completely gluten free bakery in the city. It is fantastic. If you are celiac, gluten intolerant or just not eating gluten, I highly recommend paying a visit to this bakery while in New York. They do make vegan desserts as well, but it is not their specialty, which I like. It is gluten free and delicious… it doesn’t even seem like it is gluten free to me. Everything is baked fresh; cookies, cupcakes, brownies, bread, granola.
Babycakes 248 Broome St: Highly acclaimed vegan, gluten free, and sugar free bakery in the lower eastside…. There is a reason why people love it so much! It is worth the walk over… lots of amazing treats.
Barrio Chino 253 Broome St: Right across the street from Babycakes. A small, but fantastic Mexican restaurant that has gluten free options… enchiladas verdes are great!
Blue Ribbon Sushi 119 Sullivan St: One of my favourite restaurants in the city. They have amazing sushi although it can be pricey. So fresh, so delicious and they offer many gluten free options and have tamari! – they also have a location uptown by Columbus Circle.
Hampton Chutney Company 68 Prince St: Incredible dosas- made of rice and lentil so they’re gluten free. It is good for a casual and quick lunch or dinner in soho.
Risoterria 270 Bleecker St: Probably the most well-known gluten free establishment in NYC serving Italian dishes… Even Breadsticks!
S’mac 345 East 12th St: Macaroni and cheese! They have every type of mac and cheese you can think of… and if they don’t you can create your own. And they have gluten free noodles. It’s delicious, but pretty heavy… I love how they have lactase pills available at the counter.
Liquiteria 170 Second Ave: The best juice bar in the city. They offer freshly pressed juices, smoothies, and soups with many gluten free and vegan options.
Friend of a Farmer 77 Irving Place: Great brunch spot! Always a line… but it is quick moving, so it shouldn’t deter. Such a quaint, cozy restaurant that has great egg dishes and more.
Pastis 9 9th Avenue: A famous new york brunch place with great French dishes. They have always made arrangements for gluten free dishes and take it very seriously!
Cafe Habana 17 Prince St: I love this place! Latin food and most of the menu is naturally gluten free. They are famous for their ‘grilled corn Mexican style.”
Angelika Kitchen 300 East 12th St: Delicious healthy vegan and vegetarian food- they use alternatives like tamari so there are many gluten free dishes.
Westville 173 Avenue A: Farm- to- table dining and their market sides are great. Its very simple, but good food.
Rosa Mexicana: A large and well-known Mexican restaurant with a gluten free menu. There are a couple locations in Manhattan and they make great guacamole right at your table.
Josies Restaurant 300 Amsterdam Ave: Very health conscious restaurant uptown. They are very good about gluten free!
Thanks to these restaurants that make celiac disease and eating gluten free enjoyable!