Eating at Gramercy Tavern Gluten Free

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Last night I sat at the bar and indulged in an extraordinary meal at the Gramercy Tavern. Hmmm…..Danny Meyer’s restaurants find a way to accommodate gluten free diners. Two of my favorite haunts are Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe (more about that later).

I love eating at the bar because there is something really intimate about the whole scene. Its an absolute that you will get great attention from the bartender. And bartenders in NYC know their stuff (and the menu). You can connect with those around you or the bartender or just read a book.

When I traveled in Germany last year a couple from Munich commented about how unusual it was at a particular bar in NYC that one could order a glass of Barolo. This is another NYC secret: because many are dining alone getting an above average wine by the glass menu is not unheard of.

First course: Mussels, Salsify, Red Beans, Chorizo and Cilantro Broth. The Cilantro broth was to die for.

Second course: Flounder, Spaghetti Squash, Walnuts and Sherry Sauce. This was the most amazing dish because of the sherry sauce and candied walnuts and MANGO that made up the sauce… The Hubs paired this with an Alberino from Spain. It was a great combo.

No pics :–( this time readers…but put Gramercy on your list. Its a must do NYC experience. The menu changes daily based on what is available locally. Get there after 9pm and eat at the bar to get the best attention.

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Address: 42 E 20th Street



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Hencho En Dumbo Tasting Menu Gluten Free

Hencho en Dumbo tasting MenuHencho En Dumbo. Saturday Night. Tasting Menu. Perfect.

Let me tell you a secret about Hencho’s Chef’s Menu / Tasting Menu: Its the perfect place for someone to go who is gluten free, wants to experience authentic Mexican food, and enjoys interacting with Chef. In other words – its one of the few places in NYC that you can actually speak to the cooks while you are eating.

You are seated at a counter that surrounds the cooks who are actively preparing everyone’s meal. Its you, face to face with her asking for a gluten free meal. The lead in the kitchen that night was affable beyond belief when I gently reminded her that something came out that I could not eat (this only happened for me with desert). She easily glided to another selection.

This personal connection really made the meal for me. I didn’t feel uncomfortable like I do at times when something comes out from the kitchen “wrong.”  SURE – The menu from the start is about 95% perfect most nights. The amount of modifications during my dinner were precisely 2 small changes (removing a crisp cookie on top of the desert and not breading one piece of fish) out of 6 courses. But, it was great to have this connection and be in the flow of the food as it came to me.


Hencho en Dumbo Cold Salad

The first course was amazing cold salad with perserved peppers, thinly sliced fresh mozerella, avocado, and finished with a delicate and very light cream sauce. I enjoyed this course and most others with the Txakolina which is a basque wine that worked will with all of the dishes for the most part. At the end I should have steered to something heavier.


Hencho en Dumbo Shrimp Beans EntreeThe second course was a combination of shrimp, roasted red peppers, octopus, and beans. The sauce was very light and the whole thing came together in an exceptional way. It felt like there was tomatillos in the sauce and perhaps a slight addition of beans.




Hencho en Dumbo Crispy Black BassThe fourth course was the first sign of a change – my husband eats gluten so his came out crispy while my fish was simply broiled. It didn’t matter. The black bass with set in a sauce of lentils with intense flavors of cumin and other spices. Carmelized onions and mushrooms also served as a base.



Final course was a treat - I do not like anything MUSHY. So instead of the flan dish they brought out a flourless chocolate cake. :–) I will return to enjoy the carmel, hazelnuts and fudge they added to the dish. It was amazing.

Make your reservation here

Neighborhood: East Village

Address: 354 Bowery

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