Gluten-Free in Manhattan

Updated: Jan 8, 2019


You might think that a guideline of where to eat in the heart of America's largest city is fairly unnecessary. There's restaurants everywhere you look, open at all times of the day. However, a surprising amount of these restaurants don't have gluten free options on their menus. By this, I mean proper gluten free options- lettuce is not an alternative to a burger bun. Also, you could end up mistakenly settling for a tourist trap that will leave your pockets very sore!! So, after spending last week in Manhattan and based on my previous visits, I have come up with a list of my recommendations of where to eat on a gluten-free diet when staying in The Big Apple.


Breakfast


The Green Bean Cafe

1413 York Ave

This cute little spot in the Upper East Side is the perfect answer to all of your gluten free and vegetarian breakfast needs- without the New York city price! You can get a very filling and delicious dish here for half the price of what many other (less satisfying) breakfasts cost. Plus, it has tonnes of gluten free options, such as bread, bagels and loads of bakery goods! If you find yourself in the Upper East side I would definitely recommend popping into this spot and stocking up on some coeliac friendly carbs or trying their gluten free pizza!


Friedman's

Multiple locations

Friedman's has branches in multiple spots around the city, and was launched by a coeliac so as they say themselves, ‘99% of the menu can be made gluten free’! We went to the one in Hell's Kitchen which has a lovely interior and atmosphere. They have loads of delicious breakfast, sandwich and burger options with gluten free bread and buns available so this is the ideal spot to set yourself up for the day.


The Wild Son

53 Little W 12th St

One thing I would definitely recommend doing is starting your morning the right way, with some Buckwheat pancakes at The Wild Son before heading off to walk The High Line. The High Line is a disused railway track accompanied by lovely views of the city, so you won't even realise that your walking off all of that pancake goodness! Alternatively, you can wait until afterwards to re-fuel, as they’re available on the menu until 4pm.


Sweet tooth


Bar Suzette Crepes

425 W 15th Street

For anyone with a sweet tooth that finds themselves around the Chelsea market, Bar Suzette is the perfect fix. Their gluten free crepes are amazing, with so many fabulous toppings to choose from. They also have savoury options such as eggs and ham and cheese, however I strongly believe that crepes should be kept to satisfy my sweet tooth.


Erin McKenna's Bakery

248 Broome St

I've been on the hunt for the perfect gluten free donut since I became a coeliac, and after 11 long years I finally found the one. The 'Coffee Crunch' made by Erin McKenna's Bakery satisfies all of my donut neds. Don't ask me how, but she also manages to make them vegan. If you're a coeliac visiting NYC you must get your hands on one of these donuts. If you can't make it to the actual bakery itself in Lower Manhattan, the Green Bean in the Upper East Side also sells a variety of them, including the coffee crunch and cookies and cream!


Pizza


Pappardella

316 Columbus Ave

We went for a less traditional Christmas dinner this year and ordered a pizza from Pappardella in Midtown. The pizza was divine and although we didn't visit the restaurant itself, it's definitely on my to-do list when I return. This restaurant has the biggest, most mouth-watering gluten-free Italian menu I have ever come across!


Sauce

78 Rivington St

If you like pizza but hate the frumpy feeling it very often leaves you with- Sauce is the perfect solution! This restaurant makes gluten-free Cauliflower based pizzas and I promise you would never know the difference. I'm a big advocate of Cauliflower pizzas anyways because it contains a fraction of the amount of carbs which means as a Type one diabetic, it requires much less insulin, so I was delighted when I discovered this spot! I'd definitely recommend it to other type 1 diabetics visiting the city and of course to other coeliacs that want the treat of a pizza without the guilt!


Bagels


Browns bagels

132 W 31st Street

I had my first ever bagel at Browns Bagels, and it lived up to all of my expectations. I got the cinnamon and raisin with cream cheese, chives, smoked salmon and onion and I devoured it. I honestly don't think I will ever be able to go back to having porridge as my morning meal. Browns bagels is great as they have loads of gluten free bagel options and it's a really quick and easy ordering process. I would one hundred percent recommend this spot if you're on the hunt for a gluten free bagel.


The best bagel and coffee co

225 West 35th Street

Another spot which offers gluten free bagels is the best bagel and coffee company. Although they only have the one gluten-free bagel option, they have a wide variety of toppings and spreads to choose from. Plus, it's just around the corner from Macy's, so is ideal for when all of that shopping gets your appetite going.


Wine & Dine:


Felice

15 Gold Street

I was so delighted with everything about Felice. From the cozy interior to the friendly staff, it was by far my favourite place that we went for dinner. The waiter was able to tell me exactly what I could have on the menu and brought me out a plate of gluten free bread without even being asked!

The pasta dish I went for was absolutely divine and the portion was the perfect size. We finished it off by sharing a dish of ice-cream but there was also a gluten free Panacotta option.


The Smith

956 2nd Avenue (At 51ST Street)

We refuelled in The Smith Midtown after watching the ballet- something I would definitely recommend doing. They have gluten free pasta available, but I went for a chicken dish instead. Similar to Felice, the waitress was so good at being able to explain to me what could be adapted to be gluten free. For dessert we shared the flourless chocolate cake, something I definitely did not need considering the portion of chicken was the size of my head. However, both were so delicious I managed to finish it all. Unfortunately, I had to be rolled back to the hotel afterwards, but next time I will definitely stay in the bar for some drinks as there's a really great atmosphere there and I've heard wonderful things about the cocktails!


Fig & Olive

420 West 13th Street

Fig & Olive is a little more on the pricier side but I would definitely recommend it for a date night or a healthier option. It has a lovely interior and a nice bar for drinks afterwards. The menu clearly labels what is and isn't gluten free friendly, and there's lots of options to choose from! There's two in Midtown but we went to the one in the Meatpacking district. I went for the salmon and it satisfied me perfectly!



Obviously New York is such a jam-packed, massive city, so there are many places that I was dying to try but never got round to doing so. Wild, a brunch and pizza place in Chelsea, Senza Gluten, an Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village and Tu-Lu’s bakery in the East Village are to name a few of these. However, as I'm only living a bus journey away, there will certainly be plenty more visits to New York city so I will be able to expand the list. For now, these are the places that really stood out to me during my last visit. Hope this helps!

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