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Blossom2 Locations, New York City (NYC) View On Map
I had my half-birthday at Blossom earlier this month. I picked the restaurant because I know that it has great organic, vegetarian food, and an organized celebration is one of my few chances to get all my friends together at a vegan restaurant. Blossom has 2 locations: in the meatpacking district at 189 Ninth Avenue at 21st Street and uptown at 466 Columbus Avenue at 82nd street. We went to the downtown location...
Even though Blossom doesn't have a ton of gluten-free options, they do have a separate menu that you can order off of that tells you which items are prepared gluten-free and which can be made gluten-free using substitutions. I started with the Field Greens Salad with mixed greens, grilled pears & candied walnuts. I had wanted to order the Sweet Potato Spring Rolls with shredded coconut, jicama, carrot, red and yellow peppers, scallions, avocado that has to be served without the almond ginger dipping sauce in order to be gluten-free, but unfortunately they were out of it!
For my main course, I had a really interesting tofu dish. All of the food at Blossom is vegan and some of their dishes are also raw. Even though it was cooked, my tofu main course reminded me of raw food meals that I've had in the past
Recommended By: @Emibeth10 / egfblog.com On: 2011-11-01
Bloom's New York Delicatessen & Restaurant
Murray Hill, New York City (NYC) View On Map
Thought NYC-style deli's were off limits, think again! Bloom's has an extensive GF menu. Try the 2" high hot pastrami on toasted GF bread sandwich with a side order of golden french fries! Breakfast items include GF omelette's, pancakes and waffles; for lunch there are numerous burgers (pizza, turkey) and sandwiches (chunky chicken salad, pastrami, roast beef, etc.) and an assortment of salads. Entrees include: NY Cut Sirloin, Lemon Sole, & Red Snapper. And for dessert ... try the rice pudding! Typical deli-style décor, casual & family friendly. The servers were well accustomed to answering questions regarding GF menu items - which definitely adds to the comfort level!
Recommended By: @CeliacCorner / celiaccorner.com On: 2011-10-21
Theater District, New York City (NYC) View On Map
Known for serving Italian comfort food, in family-style epic proportions, Carmines is one of my go-to gluten free restaurants when in NYC. When the server recommends ordering only a few dishes to share amongst your dining companions, believe him/her! Yes, the average dish costs $30+, but two or three people can share one dish. There are quite a few gluten-free options to choose from - appetizers such as Zuppa di clams and mussels, grilled Portobello mushrooms, and an assortment of pasta dishes including Pomodoro, Calamari, Pesto and Bolognese for entrees. We ordered the Chicken Contadina and the Shrimp Fra Diavolo which was accompanied by a mammoth sized portion of gluten-free ziti and we enjoyed both. We shared a gluten-free Tartufo for dessert which was out of this gluten-free world delicious! Although there was a disclaimer on the menu cautioning of the possibility of cross-contamination, I felt the sever was very knowledgeable about gluten-free and though it was extremely busy the night we visited, apparently the kitchen staff was careful as well, as I avoided getting sick!
Recommended By: @CeliacCorner / celiaccorner.com On: 2011-10-18
Manhattan, New York City (NYC) View On Map
Recently I got to try the Italian restaurant Bar Italia, which is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. They offer a gluten free menu which can be found at the back of their regular menu. I enjoyed the gluten free Spaghetti al Tartufo with Black Truffle and Parmigiano for my entree. It was delicious but very rich and extremely filling! For dessert, I had the gluten free Tiramisu which in addition to being gluten free was vegan and a raw food dessert! One of their chefs is a raw food gourmet chef! It was also delicious and it was hard to believe that it was also vegan! The gluten free menu offered a wide selection of gluten free pastas and pizzas!
Recommended By: @MsCeliacSays / msceliacsays.com On: 2011-10-13
East Village, New York CIty (NYC) View On Map
S'MAC is a Mac and Cheese place featuring 12 standard flavor mixes, specials and a create your own option. S'MAC is affiliated with the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) and makes every effort to eliminate cross contamination in their restaurant so it is also a hot spot for gluten free diners.
We battled our way to find a table for 4 in this tiny little restaurant and put our stuff down before ordering. The dishes can be ordered in 4 sizes: Nosh, Major Nosh, Mongo and Partay!. Being the overzealous eaters that my friends and I are at all the time, especially at new place, we ordered a whopping 5 Major Munches (the second size on the menu) with Gluten Free noodles for an extra 3.00 charge. Best of all, They also have gluten free Breadcrumbs!
Although the extra charge is rather steep it's well worth it if you love a good dish of Mac and Cheese. All 5 dishes, which could feed 4 of us and then some, was 73$s. Not too bad!
All dishes are cooked in their own pan that is put directly in the oven. Each item had a distinguished and unique flavor from the others although all were the perfect blend of creamy middle and 'crunchy' top and bottom shells from the cooking technique.
All in all S'MAC is a hit with me! S'MAC brings together a typical American Comfort food with a delightful twist. You will get your money's worth and your wait's worth eating here without a doubt, if you love that kind of thing anyway.
Recommended By: @CelticCeliac / celtic-celiac.blogspot.com On: 2011-09-22
Soho, New York City (NYC) View On Map
On our last day in New York, our Friends took us to their favourite breakfast restaurant, Balthazar on Spring Street in Soho. From the outside this restaurant looks like any other bistro type restaurant but they come to New York often and they love good food, so I was guessing that this place would be a bit special.
However, they did happen to mention they hadn't previously checked for gluten free options so it was with some trepidation that I asked if they had a gluten free menu. No, they didn't have a gluten free menu but the waitress had the most amazing knowledge and was able to take me through the menu and explain what was gluten free and also explain why other dishes were not. She also asked if I was a coeliac and when I said yes (looking a bit surprised as to why she would ask), she explained that extra attention is taken with the preparation of food for people with coeliac disease and allergies. The food is prepared in a separate area in the kitchen to avoid cross contamination! How impressive is that.
I ordered the Eggs Bella Donna, which was poached eggs with polenta, pancetta and tomato with a side of bacon from their gorgeous brunch menu. Wonderful food and fantastic service. Just a wee warning. This place does not take breakfast reservations and there is often a queue on the street to eat here. The day we came we were lucky enough to be seated immediately, so if you have plans straight after breakfast, get up a little earlier and come here so that you have the time to queue if needed. Believe me, it is worth it.
Recommended By: sleepinghorse.wordpress.com On: 2011-09-19
Chelsea, New York City (NYC) View On Map
The famous Buddakan restaurant was a must see for the girls after our Sex & The City tour earlier in the trip. Whilst on tour I checked with the wait staff and they assured me there were gluten and lactose free options on the menu. We were all excited to experience Buddakan not only because of its reputation, but to see the restaurant in full swing of a night.
We were not disappointed on arrival to the restaurant where we were first escorted to the bar to wait for 5-10 minutes as our table was being prepared. The bar is well kitted out from top to bottom with a showcase of spirits, beers and wines all beautifully presented. We were not at the bar long before being seated in the blue section of the restaurant. The other areas were all just as full, but we were happy to be in the main dining area and not pushed off to the side.
Our waiter was extremely helpful throughout the night and explained to me what I could and could not eat. We ordered a selection of plates to share across the table, some of which were not gluten free. The food was very well presented and tasted amazing, but with one flaw. There was not much on the plate to eat and for the money it costed we felt a little cheated. Okay, I will not lie I felt completely cheated. For me the whole "food art" concept is great in theory, but is stupid in practice. I was very hungry when I arrived and even more so by the time I left.
All in all Buddakan was great fun to go and experience for a night, but I would not be a regular. I love my food and when I am hungry you need to feed me. My advice is go there to check out the architecture of the building, experience the atmosphere and enjoy a small bite to eat, but do not expect a feast. It's a small treat for the senses.
Recommended By: @LilMissStackIt / glutenfreemischief.com On: 2011-08-30
Theatre District, New York City (NYC) View On Map
Birdland is a restaurant that was not planned at all, but happened by random chance. Let me explain. The day before we left we bought last minute tickets to see the musical Chicago. On purchasing the tickets they told us that we could receive half price entry to Birdland Jazz Club on the same night. We all wanted to go and see a live performance at the jazz club after the musical and I was prepared to eat after all the events of the night if there was nothing at the club. Turns out Birdland have a very jazzy restaurant to go with the laid back tunes, which caters for allergy requirements. I could not have been happier, because truly I was starving.
The club itself is a very intimate setting where the tables surround the stage in a tiered format. We were seated in the middle where we could soak up the great jazz performances and even a little comedy on the side. Our waitress was extremely helpful and navigated me through the menu from which I ordered the salmon dish. Accompanying our meals were more fantastic cocktails. You can say we truly drank up New York's finest selection of mixes.
Overall the food was fresh, delicious and satisfying. It was not the best meal I had in NYC, but that's only because I am comparing it to everything I ate now. What sets Birdland apart is that it provides you not only with great food, but you get to sit back and take it all in whilst watching some of the world's most talented jazz artists perform. You come out feeling relaxed, calm and begging to never leave the city.
Recommended By: @LilMissStackIt / glutenfreemischief.com On: 2011-08-30
Lincoln Centre, New York City (NYC) View On Map
I absolutely love Mexican food and when I came across this restaurant in one of my many Google searches I was stunned to see they had a dedicated gluten free menu. I was like a little kid at Christmas trying to decide if I would eat the tacos, enchiladas or maybe even some guacamole. At this point I didn't care I just had to convince the girls to come along, but turned out they were just as excited as I was.
The restaurant has three locations in Manhattan including Lincoln Centre, First Avenue and Union Square. We headed to the Lincoln Centre restaurant purely because it was up the road from where we were staying. I think we were all impressed upon entering Rosa Mexicano. At the reception is a gigantic wall flowing with water and tiny little divers. We were escorted upstairs to our table in the main dining area, which was packed with diners.
Our first order for the night was the house special of guacamole and corn chips. The guacamole gets made at your table and it does not only look amazing, it tastes delicious also. We ordered mains after this, accompanied by beautiful cocktails. All the mains were large portions, bursting with flavours and best of all I had gluten free options. The gluten free menu made it super easy for me to choose without the hassle of all the questions. I really enjoyed my main of mixed grill brochette, which consisted of beef skewers with chorizo sausage, onions, tomatoes and Serrano peppers. It was served on a bed of rice with tomatillo and tomato-chipotle sauces. However, I did struggle to finish it, but that may have been because I stuffed my face with guacamole before hand. It was just all so good and had been sorely missed, until now.
You really cannot go wrong eating gluten or lactose free at Rosa Mexicano. My advice if you are in New York is to get your butt to one of the three locations because it is well worth the trip for not only the food and cheap prices, but also the experience.
Recommended By: @LilMissStackIt / glutenfreemischief.com On: 2011-08-30
Chimu Peruvian Cusina and Steak
Brooklyn, New York City (NYC) View On Map
What would be a trip to the US without trying some traditional Latin American food? I don't think I have ever seen a Peruvian restaurant in Sydney, so Chimu was a first time experience for me. I love experiencing different cultures, especially the traditional cuisine.
The ambience in Chimu was extremely vibrant, alive with chatter and bursting with delicious smells. Again, the wait staff was right on the ball and serving us within minutes of being seated. We ordered our meals and before long we were off and away experiencing the culinary delights of Peru. My dish was a medley of cold seafood in a fresh dressing with Peruvian corn. As you can see from the pictures the corn was gigantic. Others had a variety of foods from steaks to soups and assorted accompaniments. I personally enjoyed my dish and from the buzz around the table, so did everyone else. Some of us did struggle to finish our meals, as these were all extremely large.
The restaurant itself is quite big and extends to an outside courtyard. The walls are all decorated in bright colours with assorted cultural artefacts. Similar to the Manhattan Inn, do not let the front door deceive you. Inside, Chimu is truly another world, leaving behind the dirty graffiti covered storefront.
Recommended By: @LilMissStackIt / glutenfreemischief.com On: 2011-08-22