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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Gluten Free Burger at 5 Napkin Burger

I got off the plane from Barcelona on Saturday with one thing in mind: BURGER. While I enjoyed the fresh seafood in Barcelona, it was time for some read meat!! And something fried! And then I remembered: 5 Napkin Burger opened in my neighborhood.

5 Napkin Burger was originally on the Nice Martin menu, a restaurant on the Upper West Side. It was outrageously popular leading to a whole new restaurant concept. 5 Napkin Burger was born.

The 5 Napkin is not really my kind of place because it does feel a bit like a chain restaurant. It’s big and modern and organized. But, the burgers are worth the somewhat hygienic experience. If you are not a New Yorker, 5 Napkin Burger is probably your kind of place in that it feels much more spacious than other restaurants in NYC. You can make a reservation, it’s family friendly and the tables are NOT “NYC close” (you don’t have to hear everything the person next to you is talking about).

5 Napkin Gluten Free BurgerI ordered the regular, straight up, 5 Napkin Burger. It was fantastic. Caution: I was not able to eat the whole thing with a bun. I forgot how filling a bun is….and the burger itself is 10oz! combined with gruyere cheese, caramelized onions and rosemary aioli. Of course I also ordered the fries??

My husband was smart and ordered his with Cole Slaw. Its a vinegar slaw and was served in a separate bowl. I am not sure if the waitress did that because I advised her of my intention to share or if its standard. Ask if this is your plan.

There are many other gluten free choices on the menu which varies by location.

We easily got a table at the bar when we arrived around 3pm. The scene was mixed with some people yelling for their team while watching March madness unfold and others entertaining large families. This is a good place to stop with a large party.

Neighborhood: Union Square (and much more including Upper West Side, Brooklyn, Queens)

Address: 150 E. 14th Street

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