Gluten Free Restaurant NYC: Eating Gluten Free at ABC Kitchen

I love the vibe at ABC Kitchen. I walk there during the week and eat at the bar late at night when I can’t get a reservation. Its easy to do this in the summer but not so easy other times of the year because its still a “new and trendy restaurant” with a 2 star New York Times rating. Try to get a reservation if you can.

YES. You can!! easily eat if you are looking for a gluten free restaurant option in NYC! I have eaten here about 6 times now and every waiter and bartender is well versed in gluten free options. They will also advise you of cross-contamination issues depending on what you order.

ABC Kitchen akaushi cheeseburger Gluten Free

I was eager to try the akaushi cheeseburger with herbed mayo and pickled jalapenos. Akaushi means “Red Cow” in Japanese and is a type of Wagyu beef.  Did you know that Akaushi beef has the highest percentage of monounsaturated fat of any beef in the U.S.?

The dish is an exceptional indulgence! The burger itself was done with a crisp, char on the outside and was very tender and rare on the inside. This is probably the best made burger I have eaten in NYC. I was totally wowed by the way it was cooked. Topped with parmesan cheese and sitting on a bed of arugula made the flavor even better. The mayo was above and beyond  flavored with fresh slices of herbs mixed in adding a crunch.

Because I am eating gluten free I skipped the bun. It would be heaven if they had gluten free buns at this restaurant- HINT, HINT.

I ate the fries here but would not recommend that someone with several allergies do so because they use the fryer for other things on the menu according to my waiter and the kitchen manager.

Beyond burgers are there gluten free options? Yes-MANY. I have eaten fresh fish, pork and other American style entrees. I am in love with the raw starters at this restaurant. They typically have a raw crudo with fluke and an in season vegetable or fruit.

This restaurant is unreal and a must for gluten free foodies.

Neighborhood: Flatiron


Address: 35 east 18th street (between broadway & park avenue)

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Gluten Free Lobster Roll in NYC: 5 Napkin Burger

Gluten Free Lobster Roll? Really?

The last time I had a lobster roll was in 1999 on Block Island. In between moped rides and taking in the awesome views of the island I stopped by someplace and woofed down a lobster roll.

In hindsight, I totally took it for granted.

Living in New York City limits the possibilites of casually picking up a lobster roll. Its not like being in Maine where lobster rolls are on a lot of menus because, well, they have a lot of lobster there.

Here not so much. And a gluten free lobster roll? That is almost beyond hope…

So I was thrilled to find a gluten free lobster roll available at 5 Napkin Burger.

Waiter TIP: When I ordered this gluten free I had to convince the waiter that I was FINE with only having one sandwich. He kept saying “I can’t serve you three of them — you understand right?”

The lobster roll is served on tiny buns normally so the waiter was overly concerned that I expected 3 large buns (they only have large buns). Meanwhile I was thrilled to get any bun! but he had trouble understanding that.

I eat the fries at 5 Napkin Burger and do not get sick BUT check with them if you have a very severe allergy because they may be cross frying. (Read other reviews about 5 Napkin Burger)

Neighborhood: Union Square, Upper West Side


Address: 150 E. 14th Street


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Eating Gluten Free at Blue Hill and Blue Hill Stone Barns

Blue Hill Stone Barns Gluten FreeLast night I had my birthday dinner (a day early) at Blue Hill in New York City. It was fantastic but so poorly lit because the air conditioning was not working I am using pictures from flickr to talk about the experience. Thank you to all the photographers who use a creative common license!

Blue Hill Stone Barns is outside of the city – about 45 minutes. Blue Hill New York City is in the West Village. The difference between the two restaurants is quite striking but both are very good.

Blue Hill Stone Barns feels like a Michelin Star experience. Large but extremely educated wait staff, extensive and at times mind blowing presentation, and exceptional food. I ate at Blue Hill Stone Barns in March, not a time you would think “great time to head to a farm focused restaurant” but it was still fabulous. The Chef is focused on creative vegetable dishes and almost every course was to die for. We did the four course pre-fixe. I recommend going to this place if you can! They even have gluten free home made bread.

Last night, in my own neighborhood, I went to Blue Hill’s New York City location. The experience at this location is different. Not as many people on staff and an al la carte menu option. The gluten free bread was exceptional as it was last time! But I believe the better dining experience is to head to the source – to the Barns outside of the city.

We started our dinner with a taste of salami from the Barns. It was perfect. I really enjoyed my Summer Bean and Pea Salad with Peaches. I opted for a vegetarian dish for my main course because I was so impressed with the food at the Barns in March. This was not the best choice – Stuffed Zucchini. My husband’s entree was much better. He ordered the Stone Barns Berkshire Pig. Everything on his place was amazing.

If you live in NYC the better option is to head to the Barns if you want to enjoy this chef’s preparations at Michelin Star level. You can take the train out there and they handle cab service for you. This location shines a light on the phenomenal things this chef can do with vegetables, even in the middle of the winter. I suggest going on there in the middle of the day so you can walk around the grounds and see what is happening on the farm and then eating an early dinner.

Address: 75 Washington Place

Address for Stone Barns:  630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY


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Eating Gluten Free at The NoMad: Eleven Madison Talent at Cheaper Prices

Chef Daniel Humm recently won a James Beard award for his preparations at Eleven Madison Park. Eleven Madison a little pricy for your budget? Head to The NoMad Hotel! Most people don’t know Daniel Humm is now running their restaurant. This means eating amazing creations (including gluten free bread from Everybody Eats) at a more moderate price point.

Everybody Eats Gluten Free Bread The NoMadHumm rarely disappoints and The NoMad is no exception. The food here is excellent and the atmosphere – unless you get stuck in a stuffy table  off to the side (avoid these stuffy corners unless its the middle of winter and you enjoy a fireplace)  reminds one of a 1930′s hotel with dark oaks and solarium ceilings. The tables are small with cozy chairs but are not as close as most NYC restaurants.

Tell your waiter you have a gluten allergy when you arrive and you will see gluten free bread arrive quickly to your table. It comes with butter topped with sea salt – yum.

Snow Peas Dish Gluten Free The NoMad HotelI started my meal with the Snow Pea salad. I few days later the New York Times featured the recipe for this dish if you want to make it at home. Gluten Free in NYC eating at The NoMad Snow Pea Salad

It was amazing. The peas were so fresh and crunchy. It was obvious they came  right from the Green Market where a lot of Humm’s eat local approach is fetched from 4 times a week.
Gluten Free Halibut in NYC at The NoMad

For my main course I ordered the Halibut.

Gluten Free restaurant in NYC The Nomad HailbutThis dish was over the top! The sauce was delicious but not too rich and the fish was perfectly cooked. The slight tastes of saffron along with the crunchy snow peas and some pea greens.

This restaurant in my mind represents the essence of New York eating. The food is excellent, but its not a stuffy experience with white table cloths and this leads to the atmosphere being very local.

Before or after dinner visit the other parts of The NoMad hotel including the Library and the back bar. Both are worth the time to walk through and check out! I love the craved elephants in the back bar. It transported me back to Bombay, India.

Address: 1170 Broadway


Neighborhood: Flatiron / NoMad


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