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I'm going to New York City next week. Does anyone know if there's a list of gluten-free friendly restaurants I could consult?

Janet

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Hi Janet,

I hope you get this before you go to New York, but if not, you can use it for your next trip. I live in NYC & am newly diagnosed, so I am just finding out there are several restaurants that have gluten-free menus or will prepare food that is fine for those with celiac disease, but I haven't tried any of them yet.

The three I know for sure are: Bloom's Delicatessen Cafe (350 Lexington Ave @ 40th St., 212-922-food; has a gluten-free menu, including gluten-free french fries); Gus's Place (Greek restaurant at 149 Waverly Place @6th Ave., that's in the Village; 212-645-8511; has a gluten-free menu); Risotteria (270 Bleecker St., also in the Village; 212-924-6664; lots of rice dishes, has a gluten-free menu and all their menus are annotated with gluten-free selections).

Also, if you feel like taking the subway into Brooklyn, there is actually a gluten-free bakery, Josef's, at 1712 Avenue M (718-336-9494). Take the Q train to Avenue M. The baker is himself gluten-intolerant and is a big fan of Bette Hagman's cooking and recipes.

Finally, for anybody in NY or visiting NYC, there is a website that regularly reviews good restaurants to go to if you have celiac disease. It is www.celiacchicks.com.

Since there are so many people in NY, it seems, on special diets and more & more recognition of health and dietary concerns, you will generally do well if you go to hip neighborhoods (the Village, SoHo., Park Slope & Boerum Hill in Brooklyn, etc) and to more upscale restaurants and explain clearly what you need...try to stay away from regular coffee shops, greasy spoons, and any chain-type restaurant, (but fortunately NY doesn't have too many of those). I've managed to have a couple of safe meals out just by being careful. Good luck, & hope you manage to have some good food.

Zippyten

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Good stuff, I will check them out!

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check out the NYC based website CeliacChicks.com.

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Yep...I live in NY also. I've heard of numerous restaurants that zippy10 mentioned, but I rarely ate out before being diagnosed, and therefore, don't eat out now, either. For travelling to NYC or anywhere else, there is a website: http://glutenfreerestaurants.org/. I hope this proves helpful for you wherever you go. It won't work for small towns, obviously, but for big cities, this site will provide a few options. Hope this helps.

Hi, back again with a quick "edit" to my post. At Silly-Yak.com, there is a long list of NYC restaurants that accommodate to Celiacs:

GLUTEN FREE IN NYC!

The restaurants listed below have been known to have items that are appropriate for a gluten-free diet with intelligent and helpful staffs, but please note that menus, chefs and staff are subject to change - and questions must still be asked.

Enjoy!

RESTAURANTS AND BAKERIES:

These recommended restaurants are part of the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program

***Risotteria 270 Bleecker St. (near John's Pizzeria) 212-924-6664

***Gus' Place149 Waverly Place (6th Ave.) 212-645-8511

***BEST ON LONG ISLAND! Caffee Baldo (Italian and Gluten Free) 2849 Jerusalem Ave, Wantaugh 516-22-22ZZ

***American Park at the Battery (across from 17 State Street) Phone: 212-809-5508

www.americanpark.com

Joseph's Gluten Free Bakery, 1712 Ave M Brooklyn, (718) 336-9494=20

www.joesephsorganic.com

Gabriel's Dessert Boutique, 941 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY (718) 477-1414. Wide variety of gluten-free pastries, bread & pizza dough.

Sacred Chow - Hip and Vegan, 522 Hudson Street (212) 337-0863. Fabulous gluten-free brownies, cookies, and energy bars.

www.sacredchow.com

ANGELICAS - Best organic restaraunt in the city! (house dressing is gluten-free) 300 E. 12th St. (bet 2nd & 3rd Ave) 212-228-2909

BROOKLYN DINER (pricey but very good) on 57th St just west of 7th Ave.

COFFEE SHOP on Union Sq. W. & 16th St. They have Brazilian Cheese Bread, which is made with tapioca flour.

BRIGHT FOOD SHOP (Mexican dinner, fun atmosphere) 216 8th Ave @ 21 St

IPANEMA PLATFORMA (Brazilian BBQ) (57th St/btwn 8 and 9th Ave) all you can eat flat rate. Pricey but worth it!!!

AVRA - whole fish - 141 E 48 St

BELMONDO 98 Ave B (steaks) French bistro 358-1166

LUCIEN - filet mignon - (1st and 1st )

OTHER FOODS - 12th (betw B'way & Univ)

ROSE OF BOMBAY (Indian) 326 E 6th St. gluten-free menu

DRUIDs - 307-6419 ? filet mignon - 736 10th Ave (50 & 51)

STARDUST DINER - 52 & 7th - burger or Philly steak sandwich w/out bread

SPRING STREET NATURAL Spring and Lafayette

PEASANT - (Nolita) grilled fish, etc. Everything roasted on open flame. 194 Eizabeth St (Prince & Spring) 212-965-9511

OYSTER BAR - 42nd St and Vanderbuilt (GRAND CTRAL TERMINAL) 212-490-6650

LE TABLEAU - 5th betw A & B - steak au pauvre

EL QUIXOTE - 23rd & 7th - steak / lobster

NEW DELHI INDIAN - tell waiter gluten-free - 120 Lex near 28th - 212-725-3215

EAST VILLAGE THAI REST (gluten-free thai curry ? request "Marys fish sauce") 32 E 7th St (betw 2 & 3rd)

LUNNEYS REST - 46th off Bway ? has celiac waitresses

BROOKLYN DINER - W 57th St (W of Bway) hamburger and steam veg

VESUVIO (Bleeker bet 6th & 7th)

KATZS DELI (brisket and turkey have no added sugars or vinegar) Houston betw 1st and 2nd Ave

Suen - 13th (Univ. & 5th) - (good organic) broiled fish and veg. Great kale /squash. Ask for no sauces. Also sushi.

M&R Elizabeth betw Houston & Prince -roast chicken: $15. Side order of veggies -huge

MARE- seafood ($18-20) / live lobster/oysters - 8th & 20th. (lots of restaurants nearby)

THE DISH - Diner - nice, dark atmosphere, cheap burgers (8th and 20th St)

Centro Vasco - Spanish - lobster fresh daily - 159 W 23 (6th & 7th)

FOOD MARKETS:

WHOLE FOODS on 7th Ave and 24th St. Excellent produce. Lots of gluten-free products. Foods by George Gluten free products in the bread section.

WESTERLY HEALTH FOODS 911- 913 Eighth Ave. @ 54th St.

Commodities Organic market - 1st Ave betw 10th and 11th St.

Prana - small organic market - good produce - 125 1st Ave (6th & 7th)

Healthy Pleasures - organic supermarket w/ meat/fish, vitamins - 10th & University.

Hope this is helpful... :)

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That's very helpful! I am so excited. I never like to eat out but hopefully can enjoy the city. Last time I basically ate only apples and plain fish. So, this should be good!

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A few more things...there's a Fairways (big grocerystore-type thing) on 74th and Broadway. It's really packed all the time, but the second floor has a lot of gluten-free foods that are also less expensive because they're not in a healthfood store...

Don't know of any healthfood store locations in midtown, but can list some uptown if anybody will be going there or is willing to go out of their way for them...If anybody wants any help or whatever, you can PM or e-mail me.....being from the city I hope I could have at least something to offer..... :)

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As far as the glutenfreerestaurants list, I can say the ones in Westchester have all been fantastic (about .5hour drive from Manhattan). And if you have the time, take the ride out to LI for Cafe Baldo's gluten-free pizza. I have not been to any of the ones in the city itself. Snacks and what-not, WholeFoods has a huge selection of gluten-free stuff and a pamphlet identifying some of them.

Whole Foods Market

250 7th Avenue at 24th Street

New York, NY 10001

212.924.5969

212.924.9923 fax

or

Whole Foods Market

10 Columbus Circle, Ste. SC101

New York, NY 10019

212.823.9600

212.823.9610 fax

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Yeah....I've been to Whole Foods...Fairways is a little more convenient, though...for me.....just a walk across to the west side and then down a ways.....

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