Despanã’s Gluten Free Delights

Despana Gluten FreeNYC is filled with specialty food shops that have gluten free delights and unfortunately many visitors don’t bother visiting them because they don’t know about them. Not only can you take home products (if you are allowed) that you can’t find elsewhere, but you can often experience amazing delicacies inside the shop at pretty decent prices.

Despana NYC Gluten Free 2Despanã is a Spanish specialty shop in SoHo. I love stopping here in the middle of a shopping trip or on my way back from Chinatown.

If you are a gluten free eater seeking a snack, this is a fun shop to pop into and sit down with whatever you select. The choices are wide. You can buy al la carte from the cases of Iberian ham, different chorizos, lobo and other selections along with some cheese.

OR you can check out the prepared foods in the case including gazpacho, tortillas (usually a few kinds), and different salads.

Depsanâ’s team understands Gluten Free, so just tell them when ordering at the counter and confirm that everything you order is gluten free. They make their gazpacho gluten free and advertise it on the door.

I like this place as a stopping point because its a little respit from the chaos of SoHo. The seating area is never very crowded and it feels like you found a secret spot. I love secret spots!! Its one of the many things New Yorkers pride themselves on.

Address: 408 Broome Street


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Eating Gluten Free at NYC Union Square Green Market: Las Delicias

The NYC Green Market at Union Square is right across the street from my apartment. It holds a deep place in my heart because its where I went on my first date with my husband. I was amazed by him and the market – ok maybe a little more amazed by him. It was so obvious to both of us that we wanted to be close to this special place at some point. We have been living that reality for almost two years now.

People who visit the market are always surprised at how extensive it is – way beyond vegetables and fruit  - there are cheese makers, dairy farmers, bakers, fish mongers, bee keepers and much more.

What people also don’t realize is the depth of the selection at the Green Market is possible because of the wide circle around New York City from which farmers are allowed to participate. Farmers from South New Jersey all the way to Vermont are present, making it possible to get things both early and late in each season. I love this. It gives me several weeks to interface with something like strawberries or peaches while they are at their “peak” across several different growing zones.

The other reason to visit the market is the selection. A lot of these famers are growing specialty items that are rarely seen other places such as spigarello, tri-star strawberries, fiddle head ferns and other things that NYC’s Chefs demand to create new dishes.

NYC Gluten Free Cookies Las Delicias

But, the vegetables aside, something really exciting started happening this year at the Green Market. Bakers started making gluten free items. And it hasn’t stopped. Almost every week I run into something new. Most are baking simple things like chocolate chip cookies and breads. And then there is Las Delicias.

Las Delicias Patisserie is taking gluten free baking to a whole new level. A mind blowing level. Like these Cinnamon Walnut Rugelach cookies. They are dreamy taste and texture wise as well as absolutely gorgeous!

NYC Gluten Free Cookies from Las Delicias

The entire display at their booth leaves you wanting for a bigger shopping bag. Beyond the Rugelach, I have tried the Triple Ginger cookies and the Chocolate Chip. Both were also excellent. Next week I will be reaching for the brownies and blondies.

As of now, Las Delicias is only there on Friday. But this is a must try! The owner, Debbie Brenner, says Las Delicias can make many more things but they need to be special ordered (at least for now). Her list was long:

Success cakes with chestnut buttercream (an almond-based meringue with exceptional layers of buttercream and covered with chestnuts and toasted sliced almonds), Torta del Re ( an Italian almond cake, truly exceptional when accompanied by sabayon), flan with dulce de leche, flourless chocolate chili cake, a collection of muffins highlighting GreenMarket ingredients, cupcakes, AND they also offer savory tarts filled with spinach & sweet onions, cauliflower, mushrooms or asparagus.

So swing through the Green Market on Friday and pick up a bag of whatever pleases you….and then come back and special order something from them! You will not be disappointed.

Address: Union Square Green Market (west side of Union Square Park)

Neighborhood: Union Square



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G-Free NYC: A Gluten Free Paradise

Brandi Moore in G-Free NYC Food Shop

Brandi grabbing a gluten-free pizzelle at G-Free NYC

G-Free NYC is a small speciality food shop on the Upper West. Its worth the trip because their inventory is incredible.

I found G-Free NYC in a search for Everybody Eats bread after eating it at Eleven Madison.

As I headed uptown I was envisioning a small store filled with junk food instead of what I found! While they have a great assortment of cookies they also have many healthy products. I was delightfully surprised! Most of their inventory is not available at NYC’s grocery stores and their prices are extremely reasonable – they are simliar to what I pay at Whole Foods.

I suggest stopping here if you what to stock up during a weekend trip to NYC or if you are simply curious to see what gluten free foods are offered in the US. G-Free carries the best of the best and they have a few fresh snacks. I loved the pizzelles!

G-Free NYC Jovial CookiesIf you have a gluten free child this is a must stop. They have a ton of stuff that is individually wrapped such as fig newtons. I love these from Jovial!




They have two large freezers where you will find the Everybody Eats bread and a ton of other things such as ravoli, frozen pizza etc.




G-Free NYC Pita Bread

One of the delights from this section was the pita bread. I haven’t eaten pita bread since I was diagnosed. 10 years ago. It used to be one of my favorite things. This pita bread is excellent! I haven’t used it as a pocket for a sandwich but its very simliar to gluten pita breads in that the pocket is not a strong as you would like but it works.


Gluten Free ramen noodles

Gluten Free Ramen Noodles? This is another great example of a product I had never come across! We love to make Ramen at home and these are perfect!

I could go on all day! Stop here if you are local or a visitor. Its a good place to grab a snack if you are visiting Natural History Museum.


Address: 77A W. 85th Street

Neighborhood: Upper West Side


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