Living the HIGH life: Gluten Free Club Sandwich at Blooms NYC

There is a sandwich.

And then there is a skyscraper tall sandwich. When your plate is handed to you at Bloom’s you will see the difference.

Blooms Gluten Free Club Sandwich

“Do you have gluten free bread today?” I asked the host when I arrived.

“Of course, and here is the gluten free menu” he said.

OK then. Perfect!!

I was going to try their Ruben until I realized they had fresh turkey. I love a real turkey sandwich – not lunch meat turkey – REAL turkey. Suddenly a club sandwich was in my sights.

The sandwich itself is so huge that I could not eat the whole thing. I mentioned this to the manger on the way out and he said “yeah, most people take half of theirs back to the office with them.” Noted.

The bread was excellent – very crispy because it was toasted. And the sandwich itself did not disappoint. Bloom’s invites you to dress the sandwich yourself so mustard, mayonnaise, and other condiments should be requested or found on your table. Just ask if its not right in front of you. I like this approach because nothing was soggy or over done mayonnaise wise.

Half Sour pickles at Blooms NYCBloom’s also has another NYC delight: half sour pickles. These pickles appear in traditional diners across the city. The whole bowl sits on your table and you serve yourself.

Half-sour pickles (sometimes called new dills outside NYC) sit in brine for a very short time making them very crispy and bright green unlike other pickles that are perserved for longer.

Bloom’s has a lot of gluten free breakfast options I would expect at a NYC diner such as pancakes and french toast. Gluten free toast is served with all of their egg dishes. AND THEY DELIVER locally. If you are staying in Midtown they may deliver to your hotel. Here is the gluten free menu.

Grand Central Station is about 2 blocks away from Bloom’s making it a great lunch spot for Midtown East and a good breakfast meeting stop for commuters. Its also a short jaunt to the showcase NYC Public Library building on 5th ave.

Neighborhood: Murry Hill or Midtown East

Address: 350 Lexington Ave



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Vic’s Bagels: FINALLY a Gluten Free NYC Bagel

Vic's Bagel Gluten FreeMy Italian teacher is Gluten Free and when she casually mentioned ordering gluten free bagels earlier that morning a few weeks back I was like, wait WHAT?? Gluten Free Bagels? Like fresh NYC Bagels?

Yes!! Vic’s Bagels is making gluten free bagels every day. WARNING: get there early because they are gone by about 11am. I call and ask now before arriving since I am not fortunate enough to be in delivery range! I have tried the Everything flavor so far but plan to check out Sesame next time. They also have plain.

I was a bit rusty trying to select toppings as Vic’s is a true NYC bagel shop where they mix the flavored cream cheese by hand per order and have about 30 toppings that you can add to your bagel. Of course they have peanut butter and everything else you would expect. They mix everything fresh in steel bowls for each person. The second time around I did better selecting exactly what I wanted. I will be heading back there post-pregnancy to get a lox bagel!

If you remember what gluten bagels taste like I would say these are a bit heavier. But they are much truer to the taste and texture of a bagel than Joan’s Frozen Bagels which I consider to be pretty good.

Vic’s has modified its procedures to make the shop more gluten free friendly in recent weeks between my visits. Now the staff only cuts gluten free bagels on an exclusive cutting board. They will not toast them because as of this writing they do not have an exclusive toaster.They create whatever you want cream cheese wise and put it in a side container to avoid any contamination. The also make these bagels first in the morning to avoid cross-contamination during baking. I believe someone with a more reactive allergy than mine could eat there based on their practices.

The man making my bagel told me someone got sick a few weeks ago and since that happened they have adjusted things. I felt so thankful for VIC at that moment!! Even though he is also a celiac – kudos for keeping the operation going!

Neighborhood: Murray Hill

Address: 544 3rd Avenue




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