Eating Gluten Free at NYC Food Trucks: Calexico

Calexico

Its a balmy 70 degrees here in NYC today a perfect excuse to explore local food trucks for lunch!

Calexico has a food truck set up at 24th and Broadway that will delight any gluten-free eater seeking out a cheap lunch. This stand is right near Madison Square Park which is awesome on a beautiful day. You can take your lunch for a walk across the street and enjoy it on the park benches. There are also a set of tables right in front of the stand as Broadway is expanded here to include outdoor seating in the middle of the street.

Calexico MenuIn talking with the man running the show I was impressed at his ability to quickly get “gluten-free” and advise me of what I could order!

Options include a wide variety of tacos made with corn tortillas or selecting a burrito that is made “naked” in a bowl.

Here is a link to their menu offered at all of their locations.

Calexico Gluten Free Tacos
Today I tried a Pollo Asado Taco and a Gringo taco.
POLLO ASADO had excellent marinated grilled chicken, avocado salsa, and pico de gallo. The chicken was done perfectly and not dry.
The GRINGO had ancho-cumin spiced ground beef, monterey jack,pico de gallo and crema. It was really great after I added some hot sauce they have at the cart.
Both were wrapped in a crispy corn tortilla and way delicious!! For a grand total of $6 this is hard to beat. You can also order these as a platter and get rice and beans.

Sunshine at Calexico

There are three Calexico carts in the city. The other two are at Wooster and Prince AND Crosby and Broome. These are not as ideal in terms of sitting down and enjoying the outdoors as neither of those locations are offer easy access to a park. Also, its important to show up early to this particular cart before the lunch rush takes over. I was there at 11:45 and had to wait about 10 minutes for my food. It can take much longer as 12-1pm is the height of lunch hour.

This location is very close to Eataly a food delight that everyone should take in! Eataly may be known to you if you have visited Italy, but this is their first US location. There is an obscene amount of imported Italian delicacies, 4 restaurants, a beer garden on the roof and even a GLUTEN FREE section!!

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Address: 24th Street & Broadway

Website: http://www.calexicocart.com

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Eating at Gramercy Tavern Gluten Free

gramercy tavern

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

Website: http://www.gramercytavern.com/ 

 

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