5 Haute Spots To Enjoy A Gluten-Free NYC

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NYC: the bustling epicenter of the international foodie community, no doubt about it. Not only do we have access to some of the world’s most iconic culinary establishments at our fingertips, but within this, a vast portion dedicated to various elements of the health-conscious demographic.

A spike in the gluten free dining movement was affirmed by the New York Times last summer, immortalized with a candid declaration that this was, in fact, much more than a trend — whether by necessity or choice, this one was here to stay. And with the long, staggering list of benefits of a wheat or gluten free diet, from increased nutrient absorption to higher energy levels and so much more, the demand from all angles saw an undeniable increase. New York specialty stores and health food shops became destinations, and grocery stores stocked their shelves with more and more celiac and intolerance-friendly products, some with preexisting presence but never so heavily sought out, and the grocery shopping culture quickly evolved. Perhaps more noticeably, the dining experienced changed as well as menus mirrored the trend more prominently than ever before. Restaurants entirely dedicated to the gluten free movement began to pop up, and even some of the most notoriously flour-heavy kitchens spun out recipes and special menus available to the gluten free crowd.

While it may not be easy (or as enjoyable) to maintain the limiting diet that the gluten free lifestyle entails, the fact that this “trend” became such a mainstay has inherently created a support system for those who live it. There’s something to be said for this, and to say that it’s been on our radar for quite some time is an understatement.

We’re honing in on the city’s top destinations in our ultimate gluten free dining handbook, highlighting the best of the best and how to enjoy them to the fullest, dietary restrictions aside. Happy indulging.

1 The NoMad

Looking for a fine dining experience with casually elegant fare AND an array of gluten free options? Look no further than The NoMad. In addition to darkly romantic décor, impeccable service, and innovative classically-focused craft cocktails, The NoMad also offers gluten free bread - a small touch that makes a world of difference to an otherwise wistful gluten free guest. With gluten free menu items aplenty to boot, The NoMad is one of our prized possessions at the forefront of our dining arsenal. Safe zone highlights include a butter-poached lobster with black garlic, squash, and cranberries along with a suckling pig confit with red endive, dandelions, and dates, plus (dare we say) the best fries in the neighborhood. Select menu items are also available at the bar, an experience in itself.
1170 Broadway between West 27th and 28th Streets

2 Santina

The possibilities are endless with Santina’s extensive (and rather delightful) list of gluten free items. Among Major Food Group’s coterie of famed NYC favorites (Carbone, ZZ’s, Dirty French, et al), Santina has taken the Meatpacking district by storm since its opening earlier this year, serving as a bright, airy oasis during the warmer months and doubling as perpetual summer through the bleakest of winters. Almost every single item on the menu can be made gluten free (if it isn’t already), so choosing can be tough, but we’ve got a few suggestions that will speed the process along. Don’t miss out on any of the cecinas (chickpea crêpe-esque goodness with filling of choice), classic pastas, or the lobster Catalán -- and to drink, be sure to opt for one (or three) of bar whiz Thomas Waugh’s picture perfect cocktails.
820 Washington Street between Gansevoort and 12th Streets

3 Little Beet Table

Chef Franklin Becker, our office neighbor and favorite gluten free pioneer, has graced the Park Avenue South foodie crowd with this bustling sit-down version of his midtown fast-casual gluten free haven, The Little Beet. Younger sister The Little Beet Table has quickly become a fan favorite with its warm, charming interior and of course, that killer menu filled with 100% “gluten and guiltin’ free” health-focused seasonal dishes. Head here for lunch, brunch, or dinner, and don’t forget to try Chef’s personal favorite, the roasted acorn squash with hazelnuts, acacia honey, and pecorino.
333 Park Avenue South between 24th and 25th Streets

4 Del Posto

"We have perfected a fresh gluten free pasta recipe and now offer every single one of our pastas in a gluten-free version," says Del Posto’s James Beard Award-winning chef and partner Mark Ladner, giving the green light to those of us unfortunate gluten free souls who are accustomed to getting the short end of the breadstick. The Chelsea institution’s revolutionary G-free pasta recipes are music to our mouths, and in addition to offering a gluten free option for every pasta on the menu, there’s also an entire menu dedicated to both the gluten free and vegan community.
85 10th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets

5 Ippudo Westside

Fumihiro Kanegae, better known as The Ramen Whisperer (okay, we made that up), has vowed to leave no ramen lover behind, gluten intolerant or not. Housed in a shallow black earthenware bowl, the koshihikari rice noodle-based ramen dish is delicately topped with seasonally-rotating accoutrements. An array of options draws a vegetarian and vegan crowd as well, welcoming folks from every walk of foodie life.
321 West 51st Street between 8th and 9th Avenues
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