I’ve always loved lists. For three years, keeping the “hot restaurant lists” was my main job when I worked in the awards department at The James Beard Foundation. The restaurant list in my farewell to gluten tour in NYC was pretty substantial (Roberta’s pizza, Peter Pan donuts, and She-Wolf Bakery sourdough still make me weep with longing), and I think I’ll forever miss the convenience of being able to eat anywhere in my beloved home city of New York.
When I first started dining out as a gluten-free celiac diner, I was hesitant to go to any place that wasn’t a “dedicated gluten-free” establishment, but my food loving soul just couldn’t bear the thought of such a tiny Rolodex of go-to places.
So, to marry my love of lists and food, I thought I’d start keeping a running list of my new favorite places in my home city of New York with excellent eats (that just happen to be gluten-free), as a reference for other food loving celiacs and the people that love to dine with them.
There’s a wide range of opinion on cross-contamination and how “safe” it is to eat out when you have celiac disease. I can’t promise that there is no chance of being “glutened” in any of the restaurants that you’ll find on my lists, but I can promise you that I’ve eaten at all of these places with no ill effect, and felt completely safe. However, I would highly recommend making a habit of telling your server of all food allergies at your table before you order.
|Hometown Bar-B-Que||BBQ||454 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231|
Hands down, my favorite NYC barbeque joint. A bit of a trek out to Red Hook, but the brisket alone is worth the trip. Added bonuses - there is a beautiful view of the Statue of Liberty down the block, and a huge Fairway (very well stocked with GF groceries) is right across the street.
|Dekalb Market Hall||Favorites||445 Albee Square W, Basement Level, Brooklyn, NY 11201|
|Pomme Frites||Favorites||128 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012|
|Tali Restaurant||Gluten Free||77 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010, United States|
|Calexico||Mexican||278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215|
|Dos Toros Taqueria||Mexican||668 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010|
|Rhong-Tiam||Thai||31 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010|
|Dosa Royale||Indian||258 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205|
Insanely delicious (giant) dosas in Fort Greene. You can also find their cart at the Smorgasburgs & Fleas in Brooklyn too. Almost the entire menu is gluten free, but there are some fried wheat breads and samosas to steer clear of. For the un-initiated, dosas are giant Indian crepes filled with potatoes, veggies, or cheese, and served with a medley of dipping sauces.
|Egg Shop||New American||151 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012|
Fancy egg sandwiches, bowls, and excellent coffee in a teeny SoHo shop. Their spicy B.E.C. fills the hole in my heart that my beloved (and now gluten-treif) bodega egg and cheese used to occupy.
|Craft||New American||43 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003|
|Caracas Arepa Bar||Latin American||291 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211|
|Raymi||Latin American||43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010|
Delicious Peruvian food in the Flatiron neighborhood. Most menu items can be made gluten-free, and the sangria is delightful.
|Kesté Pizza & Vino||Pizza||271 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014|
|Noglu||Bakery||1266 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128|
|Bareburger||Burgers||149 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201|