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Gluten Free in USA

From the big cities of New York and Los Angeles, to the beaches of Florida and everything in between. It is no surprise that so many people visit the USA each year. However, where can you eat Gluten Free when travelling across the country? Find previous recommendations here and do share your own as well.

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Manhattan Inn
Brooklyn, New York City (NYC) View On Map
From the front of the restaurant the Manhattan Inn does not look like much, but don't let looks deceive you. Our waitress seated us at the back of the restaurant, which has a very large and beautiful sunroof. The tables surround a grand piano, which lies in the middle of the floor under the sunlight. It truly is a beautiful setting on any night of the week.

Our waitress was very attentive to our whole table, especially as I explained to her my gluten and lactose free requirements. The Manhattan Inn does have gluten and lactose free options, but you just need to ask for these. After we ordered we had the pleasure of listening to a brilliant pianist who began playing early in the night. The ambience of the Manhattan Inn was alive from the beginning we arrived and was only getting more crowded as its sheer popularity became apparent to us.

The meals all came out in a timely manner, except for mine. So, I waited and I waited and yes I waited some more. Everyone was finished their meal and I was asking the waitress for a second time for where my meal was. Turns out the chef forgot, so I was served a late but completely free meal. No complaints from me. Free food is always good. The meal itself was great food. The chicken was tender and the vegetables had beautiful flavours. I was not too keen on the burgers I saw the girls eating though, which had thick greasy oil seeping out. Not appealing, but they said the burgers were extremely tasty.

Overall, the experience we had at the Manhattan Inn was a lot of fun, combined with great entertainment and free food. If you are in Brooklyn I would advise you to check this restaurant out for either a quick bite or relaxing dinner.
Recommended By: @LilMissStackIt / glutenfreemischief.com On: 2011-08-22

Asia De Cuba
Madison Avenue , New York City (NYC) View On Map
This was one of my absolute favourites in NYC, which I plan to go back to the next time I am in town. Upon entering the restaurant you will feel the glowing red ambience that instantly calms you. The one thing that I really notice in restaurants is the seating because bad seats make for a very uncomfortable meal. Asia De Cuba offers white leather upholstery that is well padded and designed to have you eating and drinking for hours.

The thing that stuck out most to me when booking this restaurant was the fact that they offered gluten free menus, which of course they did. The menu was a cut down version of the original menu with some modifications, but you still have plenty of options to choose from. We ordered half from the original menu and half from the gluten free menu to share. The service throughout the night was great with wait staff continuously offering our table drinks, including water and fast food service. Each of our meals was large in size and beautifully presented. Of all the plates we ordered each offered its own flavours and was delicious. Accompanying the meal were beautiful cocktails, which we thoroughly enjoyed... maybe a little too much.

I thoroughly recommend going to Asia De Cuba for dinner, not just for the food but the experience. Do make sure you book ahead as it is a popular spot for New Yorkers.
Recommended By: @LilMissStackIt / glutenfreemischief.com On: 2011-08-22

Hard Rock Cafe
Theatre District, New York City (NYC) View On Map
The Hard Rock Cafe was surprising because I did not think they would accommodate for gluten free food options, however I was wrong. Before dining here we did ask if they had gluten free food on the menu and sure enough there were plenty of options for me. The food was good, not the wow factor, but for a cheap night out it is a lot of fun at the cafe. The chicken wings were super yummy and great to have some that were gluten free. My main was average, but I could not complain, as it was what I expected for the style of restaurant.

The atmosphere was absolutely alive at the Hard Rock. The restaurant was packed out and buzzing with life. The decorations make it fun to read the walls and follow the history of pop culture. The service on top of it all was fantastic, which is one of the upsides of paying tips in the US. Because everyone is working based on tips, service is usually top notch, unlike Australia where many times you are waiting hours for just a lousy glass of water.

Also on a side note, if you are taking friends or family there for a birthday let the staff know on the down low. They will later come out during dessert and take your friend to the middle of the restaurant, get them up on a chair and have everyone singing happy birthday to them. Its great fun and everyone gets a laugh as we did!
Recommended By: @LilMissStackIt / glutenfreemischief.com On: 2011-08-22

G-Free NYC
, New York City (NYC) View On Map
I was thrilled to find G-Free NYC, a gluten-free market - just 4 blocks from our hotel, on the upper west side. On the second day of our trip, in the pouring rain, under a huge hotel umbrella (that my boys wanted no part of), we walked to the market. We were greeted by the owner, Lynn Shute, who immediately offered us a delicious, gluten-free chocolate, chocolate chip cookie. Lynn showed us around her super cute, warm store, fitted with a huge, soft, wooden butcher block in the center. It was here we found gluten-free Heaven Mills Cinnamon Rolls that my son would be having for breakfast everyday on the rest of our trip. We also grabbed a couple boxes of The Grainless Baker Cheddar Snackers, which were fantastic! Lynn offers fresh baked goods from a number of sources, and the shelves and freezers are packed with things like biscotti, pastas and frozen pita breads, small pizza crusts, complete boxed gluten-free meals, and more. I wish this gem of a store were near us in LA, but should you find yourself looking for gluten-free in NYC, please don't miss G-Free NYC!
Recommended By: @cookingweekends / cookingontheweekends.com On: 2011-08-18

Earth Matters Organic Cafe
Lower East Side, New York City (NYC) View On Map
This is a great cafe in the Lower East Side, which I absolutely loved. I found this one lunchtime when the girls went to Katz deli, which did not cater for Coeliac's. To my surprise I found Earth Matter's right around the corner tucked away in the street. Earth Matters is an organic cafe that makes all the food on site, so everyday it is fresh and exciting. The cafe is broken up into two levels, so you can order downstairs and then tuck yourself away upstairs to enjoy your food with a great book or tap away on your laptop. There is also a grocery section in the cafe, if you are looking for organic ingredients to take home with you afterwards.

I ordered the wild rice and chicken pesto combo salad, which was delicious. Afterwards I was still feeling a little puckish, so I ordered the wild berry smoothie, which has no diary. Another great plus for the cafe. There are not only gluten free options, but also plenty of lactose free items on the menu. I ended up falling asleep in my chair in the cafe just soaking up the afternoon sun. I will definitely be going back to Earth Matters next time I am in NYC.
Recommended By: @LilMissStackIt / glutenfreemischief.com On: 2011-08-17

Tony DiNapoli
Times Square, New York City (NYC) View On Map
Now if you are looking for something more substantial to tuck into over lunch then Tony is your man. This restaurant was situated in Times Square only a few steps from our apartment. What Tony does not advertise is that they have gluten free pasta and pizza options, but you need to ask. We had a very enthusiastic and super helpful waiter who helped us to navigate our way through the giant menu. I kept it simple for lunch and ordered the gluten free spaghetti bolognese, whilst my friends ordered the gluten options. The food portions were typical American style, which were huge. I was struggling to finish my pasta, which was immensely enjoyable. The quality of the food combined with the prices was well worth the stop at Tony Di Napoli's. I would suggest this restaurant for either lunch or dinner, you really cannot go wrong here. Its basic Italian, but fills you up and keeps you coming back for more.
Recommended By: @LilMissStackIt / glutenfreemischief.com On: 2011-08-17

5 Napkin Burger
3 Locations, New York City (NYC) View On Map
My mom and I tried out a few GF New York spots during her visit to the big apple. Having been starved of a good bun-full burger and fries since the GF transition, we headed over to 5 Napkin Burger on 84th and Broadway (they also have locations in Queens, Hell's Kitchen, Boston, and Miami) for a Diner-style treat.

The burgers are expensive, but they have GF buns that don't disintegrate the minute you touch them, so for us it was well-worth the 16 bucks. We had the bacon cheddar burger, the original 5 napkin burger (caramelized onions, gruyere, and rosemary aioli), fries (they come with and are prepared in a dedicated frier!), and vanilla and salted caramel shakes. The burgers were HUGE, juicy, and flavorful and the buns held up well despite the onslaught of wide-mouthed bites. All in all, it hit the spot in the way that eating out on a GF diet rarely does. We were stuffed and sated on our way out :)

*An important note, 5 Napkin gets insanely busy during regular meal hours, so I'd suggest going at off-hours to insure that you're getting the most attentive, careful service possible.
Recommended By: thehumaneceliac.com On: 2011-06-23

Nolita, New York City (NYC) View On Map
I heard from a friend about the Italian restaurant Rubirosa in Nolita and I had to try it. I have to say, it was one of the best gluten free meals I have ever had in NYC.

The decor is charming, old-world style and the service was fantastic. I sat in the back room under a skylight with the kitchen and authentic revolving pizza oven right next to me. It was great to watch the kitchen prepare their delicious meals. There is a lovely bar up front, which you might have to wait at if you don't make a reservation. This place was hoppin' on Friday night. Large wooden tables and great decor all around. It has a very family-friendly vibe and reminded me of being in Italy.

My partner and I started with the GF rice balls: creamy and crunchy and filled with mascarpone, prosciutto, and fontina. Scrumptious! And we had a fresh, colorful salad with tiny beets, frisée, and radicchio. Heaven.

We followed up with an authentic, thin crust GF pizza with fresh mozzarella and sausage. It was easy to split this generous portion, and hard to not eat the whole pie! Crunchy, crispy and fresh. The tomato sauce is delicious. And the best part was that the slices could be eaten like REAL pizza ... with your hands. They have many pizza selections and you can even create your own with their list of additions: pepperoni, meatballs, sopressata, eggplant, broccoli rabe, mushrooms, etc.

But we didn't stop there, we followed that up with a hefty serving of GF Chicken Parmigiano which was served with a nice portion of al dente GF pasta. Again, the fresh basil and tomato sauce was to die for. And the chicken parm was outstanding. Large portion, smothered in baked cheese, with a faboo bread crumb coating.

Finally, we finished off our meal with a decadent GF chocolate cake, baked and served in an iron skillet, topped with fresh fruit and ice cream. OMG.

Please take some time to treat yourself to Rubirosa. Great wine list, too!
Recommended By: @blackoutpete / petermmarino.com On: 2011-04-26

Crosby Street Hotel
Soho, New York City (NYC) View On Map
We went to eat at the Crosby Street Hotel on Sunday for dinner and it turns out that they have a fantastic gluten-free menu.

What I like the most about the Crosby Street Hotel is the decor. It's fun to just walk around because the interior design is so interesting :) When I arrived to dinner, I was seated between two tables, both talking about politics. I think they might have been from DC. My friend arrived shortly after I did, and we took a look at the menu which is gluten-free friendly.

I ordered the House Salad to start and then the "Flatbread, hummus, smoked eggplant dip, guacamole, olives," which is delicious on its own. BUT what's amazing about Crosby Bar is that they have gluten-free bread and pasta so they were able to substitute in gluten-free bread for the flatbread and it was really really good.

I love this bar and it has been added to my top places to eat in NYC if you're gluten-free :)
Recommended By: @Emibeth10 / egfblog.com On: 2011-03-28

Manhattan, New York City (NYC) View On Map
Located within walking distance of Broadway, Nizza NYC is a great pre- or post-show restaurant. Nizza's food is inspired by both French and Italian cuisine and offers lunch, weekend brunch, and dinner menus. Nizza is a member of GFRAP so the entire staff of Nizza NYC is well-versed in gluten-free dining. As soon as you mention you are gluten-free, you will be given a gluten-free menu and delicious gluten-free breadsticks with your own dipping oil. The signature dish at Nizza NYC is socca, a crispy, naturally gluten-free, chickpea pancake cooked in a brick oven. It is the cross between a really thick pancake and a pizza and is delicious. Nizza NYC also offers La Veneziane corn pasta for their pasta dishes. Ask about the gluten-free desserts which tend to rotate on the menu.
Recommended By: @gfreefun / glutenfreeglobetrotter.com On: 2011-02-11