Gluten-Free in NYC

I was born and raised in New York. I grew up 30 miles outside of Manhattan, went to college 90 miles north of the city, and have worked and lived in New York City for more than 16 years. I ran the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group for more than a decade and grew it to more than 2,000 members since I started organizing events for the group in 2005. I have established some really great gluten-free and Celiac connections in the city and I am the (un)official New York City Gluten-Free Expert.

I am always happy to help you navigate this great city. I’ve put together some great tools that will help you find gluten-free food in New York City.

Gluten-Free Fast Food in New York City

100% Gluten-Free in New York City (updated May 2016)

100% Gluten-Free Bakeries in New York City
Cupcakes and cookies and muffins, oh my!

100% Gluten-Free Restaurants in New York City
A list of restaurants that are entirely gluten-free.

Eating Globally and Gluten-Free in New York City
A guide to cuisines from around the world right here in NYC

Sin Gluten en Nueva York
Some gluten-free tips about New York in Spanish!

Gluten-Free Groceries in New York City
Here is a comprehensive list of places to buy gluten-free groceries during your trip to the Big Apple.

Gluten-Free Globetrotter posts about New York City
These are all of my previous posts about New York City. This list is dynamic and the page will update every time I add a new post.

Gluten-Free New York City on FourSquare
Follow my gluten-free “check-ins” as I travel through the five boroughs of New York City

Gluten-Free Fun in New York City map on UrbanTag
A list of some of my favorite restaurants in NYC. I will only add restaurants that I have dined at and where I’ve had a safe, gluten-free meal.

Gluten-Free friendly reservations with Open Table
I frequently use this tool to make reservations in New York City. You can alert the restaurant ahead of time about your dietary needs which is a nice perk to making your online dining reservations. I’ve also written an article for OpenTable about gluten-free dining tips. You can read the original article here.

Gluten-Free Map of New York City
This map is a labor of love. Restaurants in New York City come and go very quickly. I update this map on a regular basis but please call ahead to confirm the restaurants are still open and that the restaurant is still serving gluten-free food. Please use this list as a guide to gluten-free friendly restaurants in New York City.

Looking for even more, customized information about your gluten-free travels in New York City? Want me to build you a gluten-free itinerary for NYC? Send me an email, I am happy to help you and will be happy to discuss my services with you!

gfglobetrotter @ gmail.com

Note: Restaurants in New York City open and close very quickly. They also often change owners and managers. My recommendations above may become outdated very quickly so I suggest you calling all restaurants before going there to eat a gluten-free meal! 

29 Responses to Gluten-Free in NYC

  1. marcos says:

    Hello!
    Do you know some gluten free hotel where we can have a breakfast???

  2. Hello Erin, I found your blog really interesting. I’m italian and I write a blog about my trips around the world glutenfree (www.glutenfreeontheroad.wordpress.com ). My next trip will be USa east coast + canada. I found many interesting information about nyc where I will spend few days (11-12 august).
    I already knew some adresses because I’ve already been there. I was wondering if you could help me. I would like to experience a social eating gluten free in nyc . (i.e. http://www.eatwith.com). Do you have some advice?
    Thank you.
    In italy I will probably organise some gluten free social eating by my house in the next future.
    Ciao

  3. Candela says:

    Thank you so much for all of this information. Honestly you helped me a lot. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease a month ago, and i am going to New york this month. i have been waiting for this since I was a child, i love new york and it has always been my dream.. But when I was diagnosed i thought i wouldn’t be able to go. it made me feel really sad, but now you are helping not only me but lots of people who feel the same way.. so thank you!! love from Argentina!

  4. Tara says:

    Are there any classic NYC places, like Katz’s deli or a pizza joint that has GF options and safe? I’m going to be there for Thanksgiving!

    • Erin Smith says:

      Hi Tara, I suggest Pala Pizza or Keste for pizza. If you are looking for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, try Pappardella. They usually have a Thanksgiving menu. I don’t know of any GF meals at Katz’s deli, but you can try Bloom’s deli for GF sandwiches, french toast, and more! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  5. Claire says:

    Are you able to tell me gluten places to eat in Mid town NYC please?

  6. Carola Johnson says:

    Hi Erin! I’m from Argentina and I’m traveling to NY next month.I just wanted to say thank you for this amazing blog!! As a celiac, the first thing you think about when planning a trip is about the food and where you will be able to eat and your blog helped me so much! I’m also going to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, hope that those places also have a lot of options as NY. Thanks again and keep up the good work. I’m sure that there are a lot of people that appreciate it.

    • Erin Smith says:

      Hi Carola, thank you so much for your comments! I hope you have a wonderful trip to NYC. I have more recommendations for you that I haven’t written about yet. In San Francisco, try Pica Pica and Mariposa Baking. In Las Vegas, I had a wonderful meal at Trevi in the Ceasars Hotel. In LA, there is a place called FoNuts that I am dying to go to. Enjoy!

      • Carola Johnson says:

        Thanks Erin!! I’ll write down all of those too. I have one question, I was looking at the Target store page for some options and I was wondering if the packages that say ‘GLUTEN FREE’ where are reliable or does it need to say something else? Thanks!

      • Erin Smith says:

        In the US, anything labeled “gluten-free” is supposed to be 20ppm of gluten or less. Many companies test even lower. Also, the labels will usually indicate if the items share a production line with products that also contain allergens. If you are going to Target, there is usually a large selection of Udi’s Gluten Free all in the same freezer case. Other products are sometimes grouped together, but not always. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are two other supermarket chains that have a wide variety of gluten-free food and can be found in most cities. Email me if you have any more questions! gfglobetrotter@gmail.com

  7. Diane says:

    Hi, I am travelling to New York with my 7 year old who is celiac and a little worried about eating out etc. Can you advise of good family friendly restaurants that cater for kids with celiac? We will be staying in Queens but will be travelling around. Also are the supermarkets generally good with GF breads and cereals?
    Thanks in advance.

  8. Carol Golden says:

    My son, Connor, is the young man that stepped on the explosive in Central Park on July 3. He also happens to have celiac disease , and so do I. He is still in Bellevue Hospital. Any recommendations for gluten free near the hospital. In particular a healthy rice & chicken burrito bowl type thing ? We’ve gotten carry out from Bistango , Smac , the beet table , all very good.

    • Erin Smith says:

      WOW! Carol, I am so sorry to hear about your son’s accident. I live in California and it made the news out here. I hope he is recovering.

      As far as food, have you tried Dig Inn yet or Local Thyme yet? They both have healthy options similar to The Little Beet. You can also try Inday, which can probably deliver directly to you. Try Postmates.com or GrubHub.com for delivery. I will email you some more ideas.

  9. alli stanton says:

    any suggestions for dinner for 12 for a sweet 16 whose celiac? coming in from NJ?

  10. 47458480 says:

    Hola erin,en las vacaiones viajo a nueva york,queria saber si sabes lugares donde se pueda retirar comida para llevar ya sea pizza ensalada o lo que sea,me sirvio mucho el mapa sobre todo para saber donde se ubican los supermercados
    espero que puedas responder,gracias

    • Erin Smith says:

      Hola. Para pizza, usted debe tratar de Pala Pizza, Keste, o Don Antonio por Starita. Para una buena ensalada, ir a The Little Beet. Lo siento por mi pobre español.

  11. drbetsy23 says:

    Thank you so much for having this site! It is so helpful for planning our upcoming trip to NYC. Do you have a favorite breakfast place that serves pancakes, french toast or other GF options?

    • Erin Smith says:

      For breakfast, try Bloom’s Deli. They have pancakes and french toast and lots of other menu items. Also, Friedman’s has gluten-free chicken and waffles. Hope this helps!

  12. Niamh says:

    Hi,

    I’m in NYC for 10 days, your post has been very helpful thank you. I was outside the city when I first arrived and had glutino fudge covered pretzels, they were delicious, I got them in stop and shop but there isn’t one in Manhattan so I was wondering if you would know where I could get them before I go home? Thanks

  13. Pally kaur says:

    Hi its so nice to read about gluten free in nyc,you are doing such a good job with helping us find the right places to eat, my son is 5 years old and has celiac,we are going to nyc for christmas would you recommend any good places to eat for children x

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