One of my favorite things about New York City is the wide variety of food available from around the globe. You don’t have to go far to find safe gluten-free Mexican, Italian, Spanish, Colombian, Venezuelan, Asian, or Indian food. Sometimes these restaurants are just steps from one another and your hardest decision to make that night is what exactly you are in the mood to eat for dinner. You can literally travel the globe through food with nothing more than a Metrocard and a subway map.
I would like to note that New York City has a very high turnover of restaurants. Be sure to call ahead to make sure your destination restaurant is still open. In addition, menus sometimes change. Talk to your server and the manager about eating gluten-free safely at your restaurant.
Here are some of my personal gluten-free global suggestions for dining in New York City.
- Risotteria: extensive gluten-free menu including risotto, panini, pizza, and the best GF breadsticks in the world!
- Bistango: gluten-free pastas, stuffed pastas, pizza, bread, desserts, and beer
- Keste: brick-oven pizza senza gluten (gluten-free)
- Pala Pizza: extensive gluten-free menu including antipasto, pasta, pizza, and vegan options
- Pappardella: typical Italian cuisine featuring gluten-free Schar products
- Rosa Mexicano: gluten-free menu and table-side guacamole preparation (Union Square location is most gluten-free friendly)
- Rocking Horse Cafe: a lively restaurant with all gluten-free clearly marked on menu
- Ovelia: certified gluten-free menu with a traditional Greek food with homemade sausage that is amazing.
- Casa Pomona: traditional food from Spain including tapas and paella
- Bogota Latin Bistro: traditional Colombian fare including arepas, cornmeal empanadas, patacones (plaintains), and even 2 dedicated gluten-free fryers
- Caracas Arepa Bar: homemade Venezuelan food including 100% cornmeal areaps. Three locations!
- Zengo: this Latin-Asian fusion restaurant features many gluten-free small plates
- Hampton Chutney Company: featuring south Indian dosas and upptapams
- Ku Ku Canteen: Asian fusion restaurant featuring gluten-free bulgogi, a traditional Korean dish, and bibimbap, “a Korean dish consisting of rice topped with sautéed vegetables, chili paste, and beef or other meat, sometimes with the addition of a raw or fried egg”
- Lilli and Loo: featuring traditional Chinese food and sushi with a full gluten-free menu
- Rhong Tiam: authentic Thai food with all gluten-free menu items clearly marked at the restaurant (website doesn’t show GF)
- Les Halles: Anthony Bourdain’s typical Parisian brasserie with gluten-free items clearly marked on menu