In one of the biggest cities in the world, with the most incredible food, how do you choose where to eat? Especially if you have a gluten allergy? I was faced with finding the answer to both of these questions this week, and I stumbled upon an amazing site: NOBREAD. This website, coupled with Instagram stalking (#nyceats, #glutenfreenyc) helped me find some amazing restaurants!
- Shake Shack (Madison Square Park & other locations)
What I ordered: Hamburger, French Fries, and a Chocolate Custard
Review: This is a MUST EAT in New York City! This is the In-And-Out of the East Coast. The hamburger is perfect, and the crinkle fries are the perfect balance between crispy and soft. The custard is very rich, so most people (including my parents) opt for the milkshakes, which are also delicious.
Pro Tip: If you are facing inclement weather, do NOT go to the Madison Square Park location, because the restaurant is outside! Also, expect a long line whenever you go at peak meal times. This is a local hot spot.
- Ribalta (48 E 12th St
What I ordered: Rughetta Salad + GF Margherita Rosa Pizza add Truffle Sauce
Review: This pizza was perfectly crispy. I was pleasantly surprised that the crust was delicious, because usually gluten free pizza is awful. The truffle oil added dimension to the flavor, but it was a little excessive, so I had to scrape bits of it off. Next time, I will stick to a more basic pizza because the crust is so good!
- Max Brenner’s Chocolate Shop (841 Broadwa y)
What I ordered: The Euphoria Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Sundae + milk hot chocolate
Review: This restaurant reminded me of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory because it was so elaborate. It was an incredible experience! The hot chocolate was hands down the best I have ever had, and after drinking it, my parents and I swore to never go to Serendipity 3 for hot chocolate! The desserts are great, but the presentation and atmosphere definitely make this place a MUST GO. There is not much that is gluten free, but my waiter was willing to help me figure
Pro Tip: Come hungry! If you are not gluten intolerant, consider coming here for brunch because they have amazing waffles and crepes!
- Joe’s Coffee
What I ordered: Small Latte + fruit and nut bar
Review: This coffee shop was all over Instagram, and the atmosphere and decor are very unique. The cups, in particular, are all over social media because they are so clever. The coffee was g
ood, a little strong for my taste, but definitely good for the price. The nut bar, however, was perfect! I was so glad I tried it!
- Big Gay Ice Cream (61 Grove St)
What I ordered: Chocolate Soft Serve dipped in Chocolate on a GF cone
Review: I love this soft serve. It is delicious, and one of the few places that offers gluten-free cones! However, it was extremely messy to eat. I took a picture, took a few bites, and then faced an ice cream disaster. If you go here, I suggest getting a cup!! It is extremely good, but expect long lines because this is a popular spot for college students from NYU.
- Culture Yogurt Company (60 W 8th St.)
What I ordered: kid’s size Original Yogurt + Dark Chocolate Chips
Review: I happened upon this yogurt shop on accident, and I am so glad I did! This place makes their yogurt and fro-yo in house, and only uses local dairy products. The yogurt was honestly the best I have ever had! The kids’ size is perfect, because the yogurt has a lot of flavor on its own.
- Liquiteria (102 8th Ave + other locations)
What I ordered: Peanut Butter Acai Bowl (no granola)
Review: I am very picky about acai bowls, because we have some amazing local spots in Charlotte! This place was recommended to me by local New Yorkers, so I tried it. I really liked the acai blended portion, but the gob of peanut butter was intense for me. I wish the peanut butter had been mixed into the bowl better. I will probably order the Acai Parfait next time. That being said, it was a refreshing treat.
- Hu Kitchen (78 5th Ave)
What I Ordered:
First time: Sides Matter (3 sides) Roasted Broccoli,
No Fry Stir Fry, and Assorted Market Vegetables + a Crack Bar
Second Time: Grandmaster Veg
Review: Oh my word. This restaurant is entirely gluten free and paleo! A MUST STOP if following one of these specific diets. The vegetables were flavorful and
delicious, and the crack bar was out of this world amazing. I also tried the GF bread, and it was packed with flavor. The grandmaster veg was delicious, but not very filling.
Next time, I will order a protein packed side with that dish. I went back here several times!!
What I ordered: PB&J Bowl
Review: This place was hyped up by various food bloggers that I follow on instagram, so I had high hopes. The acai bowl was much better than the one at Liquiterria, but I must say, I’ve had better in Charlotte! I liked the size of this bowl better though, and it was a decent price, so I went back!
- Terrace 5 (MoMA)
What I ordered: Gelato (bourbon pecan, chocolate, and vanilla) with iced black tea
Review: The outside patio for this restaurant is unbelievable. I wanted a picture, but wasn’t hungry enough for a big meal. The gelato was absolutely amazing. I was so impressed! The service was wonderful, and I am so glad I went to this cafe. I highly recommend dining here as part of your MoMA experience!
Pro Tip: SIT OUTSIDE if at all possible. You do not want to miss the view over the sculpture gardens! It is beautiful, and enhances the experience.
- By Chloe (185 Bleeker St)
What I Ordered: Taco Quinoa salad, Fresh Coconut, side of Macaroni & Cheese
Review: I went to this restaurant because Chef Chloe is unbelievably famous, and I‘ve heard a lot of amazing reviews. But the food was OUT OF THIS WORLD. Chef Chloe was the first person to win Cupcake Wars with vegan cupcakes, and went on to write three best selling cook books. Chef Chloe has managed to create an amazing menu that is entirely vegan, but tastes delicious! I will be coming here again.
Pro Tip: Look out for bloggers and celebrities. This is a hot spot. I met missnewfoodie (a famous Instagram food blogger) the first time I went here!
- Taco Truck (High Line)
What I ordered: Vegetarian Taco
Review: This taco was so fresh, and the flavors were explosive! I will order more food next time, because I really enjoyed it! Definitely eat from the food trucks on the High Line. It’s such a fun, local experience.
- L’Arte Del Gelato (High Line + other locations)
What I Ordered: Mint Chocolate Chip and Vanilla
Review: AMAZING gelato. Entirely authentic, and the perfect addition to walking along the High Line. Stop at this truck if you see it!
- Pie By The Pound (124 4th Ave)
What I Ordered: GF 5 Cheese Sandwich with Bacon and Truffle
Review: This place was recommended to me by a local with Celiac Disease. I was not expecting it to be AMAZING! If you have a gluten allergy, do yourself a favor and stop here! The shop is very relaxed, and they have a lot of GF options. It is very un-assuming, but this was the best gluten free sandwich I have ever had!