This is the post you’ve been waiting for! The Ultimate Gluten-Free Dining Guide to New York City, Part 2 is here! WOO HOO! The second installment of my popular gluten free guide includes a bakery, a hotel, and so much more! With mouthwatering photos and helpful ratings, this is the only guide you need to have a safe and delicious gluten free in New York City experience.
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Welcome to The Ultimate Gluten-Free Dining Guide to New York City, Part 2! As the name implies, this is Part Two of of my two part series on safe gluten free dining in New York City! To learn about how this guide works, please refer to Part One here. I recommend you read through the section entitled “How Do the Guides Work?” toward the top of Part One so you can get a better understanding of my rating system. Both guide contains four different restaurants, cafes, bakeries, etc. for a total of 12 unique gluten free friendly establishments around the city.
This list of gluten free restaurants in New York City was compiled on my most recent trip with my best friend, Allie! We had an amazing time exploring the city from Times Square to Greenwich Village to NoHo. We watched two amazing Broadway shows, Spongebob SquarePants the Broadway Musical (yes, I know that sounds really lame, but it was honestly an amazing musical with lots of witty dialogue and a catchy score) and Dear Evan Hansen (has anyone else seen this? oh. my. gosh. I am so OBSESSED). But the best part of our trip was hands-down the amazing food! Allie doesn’t follow a gluten free diet and said that the food on this trip was some of the best she’s ever had in NYC! She commented that eating gluten free meant discovering new restaurants and areas that were slightly off the beaten path, which made the trip that much more fun and memorable. Yup– gluten free travel has its perks you guys!
Now, let’s dive right into the good stuff. Gluten free restaurants in New York City… HERE. WE. GO.
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Note: Prices and menu items are subject to change. These recommendations are based on my personal experience. Please remember to always check with the restaurant for your individual needs. I make no guarantees about cross-contamination or presence of gluten.
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Oh. My. Risotteria Melotti is one of the best Italian restaurant experiences I’ve ever had. Period, with or without gluten. The restaurant in dedicated gluten free (so no gluten on the premises at all) because everything is made with rice! As you can probably guess, the restaurant’s main attraction is risotto, but they also have everything from bread to profiteroles to polenta all made with high quality rice grown in Verona, Italy. This place is real deal, authentic Italian. They even have a branch of Risotteria Melotti in Rome (so if you’re traveling there anytime soon, you know there’s a safe gluten free option for you! 😉)
The food here is to die for. Just so SO good. I’m still thinking about it days later. We started with the CROSTONE CON CREMA AL TARTUFO BIANCO & PORCINI E MONTE VERONESE (it’s in all caps because it’s so long I had to copy and paste it from their website 😆), which I’m pretty sure is Italian for “Insanely Delicious Life-Changing Bread with Rich Mushroom Cream, Gooey Cheese, and Shaved Truffles”. Yup– that’s basically what it was and it was INCREDIBLE! Decadent porcini cream with generous shavings of black truffles on homemade rice bread? What more could you want from an appetizer?
For entrees, I tried both the CAPESANTE, POMODORI SECCHI E BASILICO (scallop and basil risotto) and LIMONE E GAMBERI (shrimp and lemon risotto). Both were excellent with beautiful consistency and perfectly cooked seafood.
We ended with profiteroles made from rice flour and stuffed with a heavenly mixture of mascarpone cheese and whipped cream. The perfect end to an incredible meal. Gluten free dining in New York City doesn’t get much better than this! YUM!
The prices at Risotteria Melotti are pretty reasonable considering the high quality ingredients, imported Italian rice, and the portions. Appetizers are $12- $16 (the amazing truffle appetizer described above was only $14 which was a steal for the amount of shaved truffle on it) and entrees are $18-$29. Desserts will run you about $10 apiece.
Side note: Risotteria Melotti can prepare both vegan and dairy-free risottos as well!
Risotteria Melotti is my top choice for gluten free dining in New York City out of the places I’ve tried so far. If you have even a passing inclination for risotto, run, don’t walk, to Risotteria Melotti immediately.
Nino’s 46 is conveniently located just a few blocks from the hubbub of Times Square. It’s the perfect restaurant for pre-theater dining, since it’s close to Broadway. We ate here right before an 8 pm show and it was as great choice! Yup– gluten free in New York City just got easier!
Nino’s 46 is not dedicated gluten free, but they do take food allergies very seriously. If you inform them that you have an allergy, they will take the necessary precautions to prepare your food safely and minimize cross-contamination. I was avoiding dairy that night (I’m mildly allergic to dairy and was saving alll the dairy for Risotteria Melotti the next night 😉) and they were able to prepare a dish for me that was both gluten and dairy-free. I went slightly off menu and requested pasta pomodoro (tomato sauce) with grilled chicken on top. They were very accomodating. P.S. Please excuse the slight blurriness of the pasta photo. Apparently, I was so excited to eat this that my photography skills briefly went out the window. 😂
The tomato sauce was delicious and the grilled chicken was cooked well. My only complaint is that the gluten free pasta was slightly below al dente and had a bit too much of a bite to it. 1-2 more minutes and it would have been perfect! Other than that, it was delicious and the portion was generous (I couldn’t even finish it!) I also had a kale salad with pine nuts (minus the cheese that usually comes with it) and it was tasty too.
Most pastas and salads can be made gluten free at Nino’s 46, as well as other entrees. Items that can be made gluten free are clearly marked, but make sure you inform your server that you have an allergy when ordering. If you order gf pasta, it will be penne instead of whatever other shape is listed on the menu, so that way you can be sure it’s gluten free. They cook the pasta in separate water and pots so it’s totally safe.
Pastas at Nino’s 46 are about $15-$20 a plate (except for the lobster pasta). Meat and fish entrees are in the $20-$30 range. Overall, Nino’s 46 is a wonderful choice for gluten free dining in New York City! Similar to Friedman’s (see Part 1) the chef and owner has Celiac Disease, so they are extremely aware and careful.
Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery
Price: Moderate (for a bakery)
Gluten free baked goods– dry, bland, fall apart when you touch them, right? Not the case at Tu-Lu’s! Tu-Lu’s is a dedicated gluten free bakery that makes incredibly good cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and bread. Oh the bread! My friend and I sat in the bakery eating their sunflower bread and making foodgasm noises every two seconds. As soon as I ate half a piece, I immediately rushed to the counter and bought another loaf of bread (this time honey oat) to bring home and freeze so I would never have to live without it. This bread is life-changing people. My friend (who isn’t gf) even brought some home to her non-gf family and they loved it! It’s some of the best gluten free bread I’ve ever had. Period.
The sweets are delicious too! I got a little greedy and ended up trying almost everything. The special cupcake of the day was a gorgeous cinnamon cake with a luscious cream cheese icing. This was one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever tasted with or without gluten. The cake was moist and flavorful with cinnamon running through it and the icing was addicting! The perfect bite. Another stand out was the jalapeno cheddar muffin. A savory corn muffin with jalapeno bits throughout and golden cheddar on top. Delicious! I also tried the chocolate chip cookie and the blueberry muffin (I told you I got greedy 😉). Everything was delicious, moist, balanced, and distinctly non-gf tasting. Everything had a wonderful, soft (i.e. non-gritty) texture that you just don’t get from most gluten free baked goods. They also have many dairy-free choices as well.
Tu-Lu’s is moderately priced for a bakery. The bread will run you about $10.50 a loaf, which sounds kind of pricey but the loaves are HUGE! Muffins, cupcakes, and cookies are all in the $2-3.50 range.
Gluten free in New York City doesn’t get much better than Tu-Lu’s! A must-visit!
Hilton Times Square
So, I felt that I had to include at least one hotel restaurant. I know that it’s not super exciting, but it is practical for those who want a safe gf breakfast in the morning. The Hilton Times Square is conveniently located in the heart of Times Square and is walking distance to Broadway theaters, 5th Avenue, Bryant Park, and other iconic NYC landmarks. It’s also walking distance from a Whole Foods (a must for me!) It’s a nice hotel and I’ve stayed here many times. (Pro tip: if you book 1-3 days before your trip, you can get the best deals!)
The reason the Hilton Times Square is on the list is because their restaurant, Restaurant Above, accomodates dietary restrictions, including gluten free. Although the breakfast buffet is completely contaminated (warning: the bacon and sausage have piles of bread under them to soak up the grease), the staff is more than happy to cook your food safely in the kitchen if you have an allergy. We were able to get fresh bacon, potatoes, omelettes, and whatever else we wanted cooked to order in the kitchen, which actually made it way tastier than the food that had been sitting on the buffet table for hours. They also have fairly good gluten free bread that they’ll bring out if it’s available (one time it was and another time they had run out).
I also ate at the Hilton Times Square restaurant for dinner once and the food was fairly good and also safe. I started with pea soup (minus the croutons) and enjoyed New York Strip Steak with veggies as my entree. The waiter was knowledgeable and patient about my restrictions and the food was safe. It’s expensive for what you get, but it’s convenient if you can afford it and you’re in a hurry. I don’t remember the exact prices but I think appetizers were in the $7-15 range and entrees were in the $20-$40 range.
This obviously isn’t my top choice for gluten free dining in New York City, but I wanted to highlight it for convenience. I love eating a big breakfast at the hotel, so I can rally until the afternoon without being hungry. 😃
That’s it! I hope you all enjoyed and found some great options for your next trip to NYC! Gluten free dinng in New York City doesn’t have to be hard, but it does have to be delicious! This guide = easy + delicious all in one place. I did the hard work, so you don’t have to! All you need to do is eat and enjoy. 😃
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