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The 5 Best NYC Restaurants With Gluten-Free Menu Items

October 15, 2013 1:00 PM

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In recent years, restaurants have become increasingly accommodating of food allergies, particularly with regard to gluten. Nevertheless, some places still insist on offering one gluten-free dish and calling it a day. Not so at the five restaurants listed below, our 2013 picks for the city’s best gluten-free options. They offer a range of choices sure to satisfy the hungriest and pickiest. By Jessica Allen.

More: NYC’s 7 Best Bake Shops For Gluten-Free Desserts

Foursquare Favorite: The Grey Dog
242 W 16th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 229-2345
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Gluten-free bread is the reason this casual café is one of the Best Places for Gluten-Free in New York. The healthy option is a perk for the stylish Chelsea crowd that loves this windowed sandwich shop because of its fun vibe and easy-on-the-wallet prices. It’s also a great choice for vegetarians and Manhattanites looking for a quick meal.


And head to Foursquare to sort reviews by these tastes:

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Candle 79

154 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
(212) 537-7179

More: New Gluten-Free Cakery, Opens On Upper East Side

As you’d expect, organic, vegan Candle 79 caters to those with a gluten-free diet. In fact, this elegant, intimate Upper West Side restaurant has an entire gluten-free menu, including appetizers, entrees, desserts, and brunch. You can start with a live heirloom tomato tartare, with red onion, avocado, cucumber, and mushroom ceviche, or go straight to a main course, such as the zucchini pappardelle (pictured), with spring veggies, nuts, and basil in a cashew cream sauce.

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

(credit: Garrett Ziegler)

Brick Lane Curry House

306-308 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 979-8787

More: NYC’s 5 Best Indian Buffets

While Brick Lane Curry House does not have a separate gluten-free menu, this Indian restaurant with five locations provides several gluten-free choices, from its kebabs to its curries to most of its appetizers. Unsure? Worried? Curious? Talk to the waitstaff, who are super-accommodating and informed about allergies. Then order the pakoras, vegetable fritters in chickpea batter, and the balti, an onion-tomato curry, or the meat sizzler (lamb chop, chicken, and shammi [minced meat] kebabs).

Del Posto

85 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(212) 497-8090

See: NYC’s 5 Best Dairy-Free Ice Cream Shops

Once upon a time, pasta was verboten to those who suffered from celiac disease or other wheat-related ailments. No longer. Several restaurants now have one or two gluten-free options. Not Del Posto, the temple to fine Italian dining in Chelsea owned by Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Bastianich. Instead, Del Posto offers gluten-free versions of its entire pasta menu. So go ahead and get the whole wheat tonarelli with spicy cicerchie, rosemary, and shaved bonito (pictured), and savor every single bite.


11 Doyers Street
New York, NY 10013

Inspired by contemporary Mexico City and ancient Aztec culture, Pulqueria smacks of authenticity. Like Indian food, Mexican food presents a lot of choices for anyone looking to avoid gluten. At this trendy Soho restaurant run by a brother and sister, you can go for tacos, ensaladas, frijoles, guacamole, quesadillas, tostadas, and esquites, with freshly made (corn) tortillas. Make sure to try a glass of pulque, a traditional drink made of fermented agave, then customized with such fruits and flavors as watermelon, tamarind, or coconut.


270 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-6664

Risoterria, in the West Village, is a gluten-hater’s dream. Every single thing at this Italian bakery and restaurant is gluten-free. This means you can gorge on breadsticks, slurp up saffron risotto, nosh on pizza and ciabatta, sample the panini, refresh with salad, and conclude with several cookies, such as the “orio cakester” (pictured). We’ll run out of synonyms for the word “eat” before you run out of options for lunch, dinner, or snack. And, no matter what you order, you can eat safely and securely.

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  • Wendy

    I’m going to be visiting the Big Apple and must eat gluten free. It sounds dangerously hit-or-miss to me, and as if these restaurants need to either be strictly gluten free or not. Mixing it up seems too risky in my opinion, for whatever it’s worth.

  • Hilda

    Being Celiac it is unacceptable to have gluten free pizza in a regular pizzeria!

    • karvictho

      I would expect an entire restaurant that serves only gluten free wouldn’t be around long as they wouldn’t have enough customers to sustain them. If they are cautious and thoughtful about not accidentally using materials containing gluten there is no reason not to sell gluten free alongside products with gluten.

    • vanderdecker

      My sister is a gastroenterologist and she has celiac, as does her daughter. She sees no problem buying a GF pizza from a regular pizzeria.

    • Leelee

      I’ve gone to many regular restaurants that serve gluten free food and never had a problem with cross contamination. My favorite place is an Italian restaurant not too far from where I live and the pasta and pizza is amazing.. I’d eat there every night if I could. I’ve yet to see a valid reason as to why a regular respectable restaurant can’t serve gluten free food as well.

  • NYC Celiac Mom

    My daughter and I just ate at Nice Matin on Saturday. We have had good experiences there in the past. There were some warning signs like the big baskets of bread being slapped down on our small table Ithere were gluten eaters at the table with us)….and the gluten cookies served with a dessert. We think the villain was my daughter’s pasta, and possibly the risotto which we shared. Her issues were immediate and mine showed up today. Sad, because we have had good meals there.

    • NJ Mom

      I am so sad to hear that our experience there was repeated. I had a long conversation with the head chef, and told him he needs to have the nutritionist from Columbia come and review his practices again. Either there is a training issue, or some blatant new cross contamination problem, as we ate there for years with no issues, and then my daughter got sick there 2 times within 3 months. The last we left it with the chef,was that he was going to see whether the ice cream maker was cross contaminated because not all the offerings are gf but he never got back to me and we will sadly never eat there again. My daughter got sick only having steak, salad, mashed potatoes and sorbet, and their gf bread. Something is very wrong there.

  • Dor

    I’m glad that the idea of gluten-free is becoming more mainstream and that restaurants are acknowledging it. However, while the FDA considers corn and rice gluten free using a very strict definition of gluten, both of these foods contain variants of the problematic glutenoids found in wheat, though at much lower levels. Those with gluten sensitivity and especially those with celiac are far better off avoiding grains as a whole, including all processed foods that contain grain derivatives, i.e. corn starch/syrup, modified food starch, et al. Speaking from personal experience (my wife, my young son, and me), the task of total grain elimination was a big pain at first, but now it’s old habit and we even get to eat out a couple of times a week. Lots of good free information on this site:

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  • Ramon

    I’ve been using to search gluten free restaurant menus. It’s worked well enough so far.

  • Janice

    Just tried Naked Pizza on 57th and 3rd Ave, and their gluten-free pizza was delicious. My husband had their regular pizza and loved it, as well. Pala’s is good for a more gourmet variety of pizza and they have many other gluten-free choices on the menu.
    Tulu’s on 11tth Street of First Ave has amazing cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies.

  • Shay

    I have a sever wheat allergy that results in an anaphylaxis allergic reaction. My go to for eats is Pala and Baby Cakes, eaten at these two places for a few years now with no problems. Except too much Baby Cakes can make me a fatty cakes. ; )

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  • Patty

    If you are in Central New Jersey, try Fallon’s Gluten Free Bake Shop in Fords, N.J. The baked goods are so good. The sign when you enter the bake shop says it all…”Welcome to Celiac Heaven”. Phone # 732-710-3338

  • Picci

    Does anyone know of any GF restaurants or bakeries in Brooklyn?

  • Lynn Mendelsohn

    For Gluten free tours visiting the best gluten free places in nyc please go to

  • Chris Platt

    I, too love Candle 79, but I think you got some wrong info. The dish you tout, which IS delicious, the Chili-grilled Seitan, is hardly gluten-free. Seitan, as made and served practically everywhere these days, actually IS wheat gluten. Maybe they have invented a gluten-free gluten, but I can’t imagine what that would end up as. Candle 79 has a number of yummy Seitan dishes, but gluten-free? I don’t think so.

    • Emilie

      There are a number of gluten-free seitan variations out there (I shall agree that they maybe shouldn’t be named « seitan », though), I’ve tried a couple with success. See here for recipe examples :

  • Lynn

    I do gluten free birthday parties for children and tours for those from out of town (for adults and children with gluten food allergies)

  • Caitlin E.

    Don’t go to Nice Matin! They served my dish and after I had had 4 bites of it came back and said they made a mistake and given me one with gluten in it. oops? i may not go into Anaphylactic shock, like if I had a nut allergy..but it’s going to take at least 6 months to repair the damage caused.. I had ordered off their gluten free menu and I even told the waiter that i had a SEVERE gluten allergy.

    They clearly aren’t prepared to have a gluten-free menu, even though they claimed to be part of the GFRAP..

    • jake

      well, you can’t be “allergic” to gluten… so he was probably annoyed that you said that. you can have a severe intolerance, auto immune reaction – but it is not an allergy. I’m SEVERELY gluten intolerant… send me into a downward spiral for quite some time if I have the slightest bit. But I’m not going to end up in the hospital like my brother who is allergic to shellfish.

      • Dee

        An allergy causes an autoimmune reaction from the food can have an allergy (immune reaction) to any food with varied symptoms.

        • Wage peace

          Results may not be as acute or sudden as anaphylaxis, but exposure to gluten for those with Celiac can cause long term effects and cancer… Aka prolonged suffering and even death. Seems similar in the long run, and effects of exposure can lead to lots of days of missing out on life, missed work, being plain old miserable.

      • Caitlin

        right, well people don’t understand me when i say “I have Celiac Disease” so I say i have a severe gluten allergy to get my point across. I know people who have such severe gluten allergies that after ingesting they will immediately start vomiting.

        The point is, if you have a gluten intolerance, allergy, or Celiac Disease, don’t go to Nice Matin

    • NJ Mom


      My daughter (with celiac) got violently ill last night after eating at Nice Matin from their gf menu. I am embarrassed to say that this happened the last time we ate there and I convinced myself that it was dairy related. We had eaten there for 2 years without incident but something at Nice Matin has gone terribly wrong.

      • NYC Celiac Mom

        May daughter and I just ate at Nice Matin on Saturday. We have had good experiences there in the past. There were some warning signs like the big baskets of bread being slapped down on our small table Ithere were gluten eaters at the table with us)….and the gluten cookies served with a dessert. We think the villain was my daughter’s pasta, and possibly the risotto which we shared. Her issues were immediate and mine showed up today. Sad, because we have had good meals there.

  • jose

    I just read a great travel story about someone with celiac visiting New York City. I think it was on a site called celiaccorner or something like that. I am taking my kids to New York City soon, and one has celiac.

    • danielle

      Pala’s gf pizza was great (and they have vegan options too), BabycakesNYC, and the Soft Serve Fruit Co. had some great things too!

  • Danielle

    Are there any places in NYC for fresh baked GF bagels??

    • Sam

      I would love to know this too!! I want a bagel so badly and I can’t seem to find “fresh baked” ones, only frozen.

      • Danielle

        I found out this company brings in fresh gluten free bagels on Sat’s! I am going next weekend to check them out!

  • John

    Check out Laverne of Great Neck. A delicious new Gluten Free Asian/French fusion Restaurant. They have an amazing regular menu and most of their menu items are Gluten Free.

  • Fred

    Sorry CBS New York,

    Tu-Lu’s is OK, but Babycakes is King (or Queen) of Gluten Free Bakeries in New York! Let’s get our reporting of the facts correct here.

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    The site lists hotels all over the world which are able to serve gluten free food.

  • GF Guy

    There’s also a ton more GF-friendly restaurants in NYC (and around the world) that are reviewed on GlutenFreeTravelSite. If you go to their search page ( ), you can type in a city or zip and see the results mapped — and link to the user-submitted reviews. I constantly use this site, because unlike other sites out there, this one has reviews, not just the name and address of a restaurant.

  • Marilyn Malcolm

    I just love Bistango! Everything they have that is gf is just wonderful. The service is great as well as friendly.

  • A. Stephens

    New York City is an absolutely wonderful place to eat gluten free! SO MANY places to eat safely and no waiters look at you as if you have 3 heads when you mention gluten. : ) Baby Cakes and Risottoria are my 2 favs!

  • Ashley

    Little Brown Chocolate Bakery and Coffee — had an amazing gf “intense chocolate cupcake” from there. Not sure if they have many options, but certainly the best cupcake I’ve ever had.

    • Ash

      Risotteria has amazing gf cupcakes

  • Shannon

    Babycakes at 248 Broome St. (between Ludlowe and Orchard) has amazing baked goods, donuts…It’s a little hole in the wall but worth going out of your way for a treat! :)

  • Jennifer Banks

    I was looking for Gluten Free Food and found your site! Thank you for the post! I will be trying these restaurants when I visit New York.

  • eric

    Tre restaurant at 173 Ludlow is one of the only Italian places in the city that offer a gluten free option with every pasta dish. A lot of other gluten free items on the menu too!

  • Linda

    I’ve tried Lilli and Loo several times and I love the Singapore Noodles. (GF). I always stop by when I am in the neighborhood.

  • Jennifer

    You must try Pie By The Pound on 12th st. and 4th Ave. They have amazing gluten free pie! I am not sensitive to gluten but I think this crust is absolutely delish!

  • DK

    Simply Peeled (78th & 3rd Ave) serves freshly made gluten free and dairy free soft-serve fruit.

  • Claudia Johnson

    Also check out Pala – on allen between stanton and houston

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