The Middle Child and I have just returned from a great adventure in New York City. We loved Broadway and shopping, but we also loved eating!
If you live in New York City and you are gluten free, you should not be hungry!
Of course, we visited one of our favorite gluten free restaurants, Risotteria, 270 Bleecker Street (212) 924 6664.
The neighborhood around Rissoteria looked the same as in did three years ago - a more "normal" neighborhood after being up on 5th Avenue all weekend. The same super market with the fresh fruit outside was next door and the same guitar shop was across the street. We were even seated at the same seats that the Gluten Free Teen and I ate at three years ago.
Barely a slip of a restaurant with minimal seating tucked along the window, we were greeted with fresh from the oven breadsticks! The Middle Child devoured them and ordered more. We ate cheese pizza and lemon and pine nut risotto for me. Stuffed completely once again. We ordered a dozen breadsticks to go (to bring home for the Gluten Free Teen) and a big brownie as a snack for the airplane.
The bread sticks alone made the trip worthwhile.
We found some new favorite places to eat as well. We especially loved Pappardella 316 Columbus Ave (212) 595-7996.
When your mind congers up images of an authentic, neighborhood Italian restaurant in NYC, think Pappeeralls. A cute little outside patio lit by white lights gets you in the right mood before you walk inside to see an exposed brick wall on one side and a mural of Venice on the other, candlelit tables with white butche paper, the beautiful Italian ladies sitting next to us who did not utter a word of English and, of course for me, the company of the sweetest girl in the world.
Oh, and the food was great as well. We started with garlic bread. The Middle Child had her favorite caprese salad and I had an arugula salad. Can you guess who had the cheese pizza? I had pasta pomadora. The dessert offerings were tempting, but we were way too full.
Within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History and Central Park, a great place for lunch or dinner. The GF garlic bread ranks at the top of the list of our favorite GF foods.
The highlight of the this trip was Tea at the Palm Court, Plaza Hotel Fifth Avenue at Central Park South. We had to wait a little longer for them to prepare our special food, but we were treated to an assortment of gluten free sandwiches and treats.
Click here for a comprehensive list of Our Favorite Gluten Free Restaurants in NYC.
* Suggested Itinerary - what to do and see in NYC.