New York City
Eating gluten free while in New York City:
What to Pack and Bring Along:
When traveling it is much easier and more economical to take your own GF breakfast food. We pack Kinnikinnick maple dipped donuts and chocolate chip muffins, a box of our favorite cereal, some extra napkins, paper bowls and plastic spoons. There are fresh fruit stands all over New York City. The night before, pick up some fresh fruit for breakfast. In the morning, Mom and Dad order coffee from room service with a glass or two of milk and we eat breakfast in the room. Honestly, gluten free or not, this is an easy way to eat breakfast with kids when you are at a hotel. No has get to dressed, we get to sip our coffee while we read the paper . ...
Pack a loaf of gluten free bread and some peanut butter for lunch in case there is nowhere to eat. New York City has so many wonderful gluten free places to eat that we hardly needed it. But we bought some chips and fruit and packed a lunch the day we rode the Ferry to Staten Island.
Of course, always pack extra snacks. Purfit Nutrition Bars (PureFit Nutrition Bar, Peanut Butter Crunch, 15 - 2 oz bars [30 oz (870 g)]) and Organic Food Bar Belgium Chocolate Chip travel well. We also took along Ener-g Pretzels and peanuts. It is not a road trip for us without our Candy Tree Licorice Vines (Candy Tree Organic Cherry Vines, Wheat-Free/Gluten-Free, 2.6-Ounce Bags (Pack of 12)).
Family Friendly Gluten Free Restaurants in NYC
Risotteria, 270 Bleecker Street 212 924 6664
Absolute favorite restaurant in NYC. Located on Bleecker Street in the quirky community of West Village. Risotteria is quaint with great service and, most importantly, great gluten free food. It starts the moment you sit down and are served crispy gluten free breadsticks. The excitement continues through the main course offering pizza, risotto, Panini sandwiches and straight into the GF dessert options. Menu is clearly marked and the wait staff offers outstanding service. We ate here twice during our visit. Risotteria is small and very popular so go for a late lunch or early dinner. They happily squeezed our group of five in.
Babycakes NYC, 248 Broome Street 212 677 5047
For dessert, head to Babycakes NYC that has the best gluten free cupcakes we have ever eaten. BabyCakes offers all natural, organic and delicious alternatives free from gluten, casein and eggs. Eat some at the bakery and take some back to the hotel for later. The bakery also offers mail-order delivery.
Bloom's Delicatessen Cafe 350 Lexington Avenue 212 922 3663
Yes, your classic New York deli that offers a gluten free menu. Great for breakfast or lunch. Menu items range from omelet’s to French fries. Burgers were served without a bun.
Peter's Restaurant New York 1606 1st Avenue 212 734 9600
Ruby Foo's 2182 Broadway 212 724 6700
Asian restaurant with lively decorations. I wondered if this was the inspiration for PF Changs or visa versa. We enjoyed lettuce wraps in a fun environment. Make reservations is advance.
Sambuca 20 West 72nd Street 212 787 5656
A family style Italian restaurant that offers a gluten free menu with dinner rolls, pasta dishes, main dishes such as chicken scarpariell0, salads and even brownies for dessert. We had a great dinner here. Make reservations in advance.
We actually did more than just eat in New York. We only had a couple of days, but the following itinerary worked great for us. We tried to make cab rides as short as possible so our sightseeing was coordinated with our gluten free dining options. This takes a little more planning, but takes away a lot of the stress once you reach your destination.
Waldorf Astoria 301 Park Avenue
This is a great old historic hotel that is centrally located for sightseeing up and down Manhattan Island. It was just a few minutes walking distance to the American Girl Doll store. We even walked to Central Park and Times Square. During the week it was flooded with business suits, but more relaxed on the weekend. We all loved it here.
We had to try Risotteria for our first New York City gluten free dining experience and we were not disappointed. We loved this restaurant and enjoyed the strolling down Bleecker Avenue after dinner. Since we were here to see the sights, we caught a cab to The Empire State Building. We reached the top just in time to see the sun set and the lights of Manhattan come on. Since we come from the land of mountains, water and pine trees, this sight had an entirely different feel of beauty to us. The kids were in awe.
We were traveling with an eight year old girl, so day two was Rockefeller Plaza and the American Girl Doll Store.
We dropped off the bags at the hotel and walked to Bloom's Delicatessen Cafe for lunch. We were headed out early to go to a Broadway Show that night so we ordered extra carry out food for dinner (some green salads and chicken salad) and keep it in the hotel refrigerator. We spent sometime in the afternoon shopping on Fifth Avenue. That night we went to Mary Poppins on Broadway. It was absolutely fabulous. The highlight of the entire trip and we are still singing supercalifragil . ....
Since we were taking the ferry to Staten Island and the Statute of Liberty we decided to make some peanut butter sandwiches on gluten free bread, buy some chips and fruit and take our own lunch. It was a good idea because there was really nothing to eat for us on Staten Island and we avoided the long lines at the one food vendor. The ferry ride was wonderful. The view looking back to Manhattan Island is unmatched in its ability to inspire awe. The Statute of Liberty was equally inspiring. We planned on seeing Ellis Island, but my sightseers had seen enough, so next time.
After a late breakfast/early lunch on the Upper East Side at Peter's Restaurant, we took an easy cab ride across Central Park to American Museum of Natural History. Of course this is a NYC family classic. We really enjoyed the Cosmic Collisions Space Show. Afterwards, we walked through Central Park and down Fifth Avenue to our hotel. Dinner on our last night in NYC was at Sambuca.
We had a late flight, so time for one more day of sightseeing. We had to go back to Risotteria for another great gluten free meal. Then we headed to Time Square for some last might shopping. The M&M store has very cute lunch boxes (great for a celiac kid who has to carry lunch just about everywhere). Of course, we had to ride the giant ferris wheel at Toys R Us.
We were all sad to leave the Big Apple but decided we would definitely make this a yearly excursion.
NEED MORE INFORMATION:
o Key to Gluten-Free Eating in Metro New York Available from the Gluten Intolerance Group.
o The Gluten-Free Guide to New York: Everything You Need To Know About GF Dining, Shopping, and Cooking in the World's Greatest City (and Its Suburbs) With almost 300 pages of information, you should be very set for NYC.
o Frommer's New York City with Kids (Frommer's With Kids) Great book that really helped in planning our trip. It even has little maps in it that I used to map out our sightseeing and eating options.