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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.