Calling all gluten-free diners! Now you don't have to worry about where to eat in New York City. We've narrowed down five of the best spots for your taste buds. Happy dining! By Carly Petrone.
Now gluten-free eaters can finally enjoy freshly made pasta without having to sacrifice flavor. Head over to Davio's Steakhouse in the heart of Manhattan and savor all of the al dente pasta you can handle. If you're looking for a nice lunch option, try their Gluten-Free Fusilli tossed with Organic Mushrooms, Basil, and White Truffle Oil or Bolognese with Braised Veal, Beef, Pork, and Tomato Sauce. You can also order these dishes in a smaller appetizer size for those looking to indulge responsibly. And make sure to check out their other gluten-free pasta options and full dinner menu here. Because who can say no to delicious homemade gnocchi?
Chef Nir Mesika of Timna is catering to the gluten-free diner with his extensive menu including hearty winter options like Oxtail Ragout (braised with red wine and root vegetables) with fresh corn polenta and mushrooms, Shrimp Kebabs served over Nir's "Crazy Baba" (baba ghanoush blended with fresh basil, goat cheese, and Tabasco) with fresh vegetables stewed in olive oil, paprika, and garlic confit, and Mediterranean Sashimi - Sushi Grade Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi over quinoa tabouli, tzatziki, and crunchy beet leather. This dish is also served with garlic and tomato confit, and homemade Ponzu sauce. Those with a sweet tooth can dive into chef's Chocolate Pudding with warm whipped chocolate mousse, caramelized bananas, halva, and homemade popcorn ice cream. Yep, we said popcorn ice cream.
Check out the gluten-free friendly menu at Maite. Chef and Owner Ella Schmidt is cooking up a seasonal New American menu that reflects her Colombian-Basque heritage and love for Italian food. Enjoy starters like corn flour Empanaditas with rotating fillings like pork cheek, beef tongue, or duck confit (served with a spicy Aji pepper sauce) or Watermelon Radishes rubbed with honey and then grilled and served with Prairie Breeze cheddar, shaved black truffles, and sprinkled with Maldon sea salt. The Lamb Chop with apple and quince jam is another tasty choice while the Duck Egg perched on a thick Colombian-style arepa will melt in your mouth thanks to it being filled with tangy melted Pennsylvania Dutch gouda. Yum.
Looking for a gluten-free treat? Schmackary's offers plenty of options for those with a sweet tooth. Nibble on gluten-free and vegan cookies like the Yogi Bare (oats, peanut butter, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, raisins, and apple sauce), Green Tea (Matcha green tea, white chocolate, macadamia nuts, and green tea glaze), and Sweet Corn (corn flour, cornmeal, sweet corn, cranberries, pecan bits) flavors. Bakers use corn flour and gluten-free oatmeal to keep their snacks healthier but without foregoing great taste. Can't make it into one of their Manhattan or Brooklyn stores? Don't worry, their online store ships anywhere in the U.S. so you can get your fix.
The owner of Madison Square Tavern was inspired to create a gluten-free menu after his wife and son were diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Now, his customers can enjoy a lunch and dinner menu without worrying about how they'll feel afterwards. Lunch options include the Catfish Po'Boy, the Grilled Chicken Panini, and the Tuna Burger (which can be served on a gluten-free bun for an extra $3). And if you're heading here for dinner, just ask your waiter to have the chef prepare your entree without gluten. End your meal with two GF sweet options – Pecan Pie or Cheesecake – and leave with a full (and happy) stomach.
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