Gluten-Free Fast Food in New York City

One of the most common questions I get from readers is where they can grab a quick bite of gluten-free food in New York City. I really try to avoid traditional fast food restaurants, but I understand that when you are busy sightseeing you don’t always want to sit down for a leisurely lunch. There are many local chains in Manhattan that have options for those of us who are gluten-free. When I worked in midtown Manhattan, I frequented some of these locations often.

It is important to remember that New York City is a very busy place and lunchtime is no joke. Thousands of workers have a limited time to grab lunch so you might find lunch to be a bit intimidating. I recommend going slightly off hours if you are nervous about ordering during a busy time!

Here are my suggestions for the most gluten-free friendly fast food in New York City

hukitchenHu Kitchen (100% gluten-free)
Open breakfast, lunch, and dinner


78 Fifth Avenue (@ 14th Street)
1536 Third Avenue Avenue (@ 86th Street)


Juices, smoothies, organic Coffee and tea, organic wine, organic kombucha; customizable plant-based puddings, creams and toppings snack bar; build your own bowls, food by the pound, grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free baked goods.

littlebeetThe Little Beet (100% gluten-free)
Open breakfast, lunch, and dinner


135 West 50th Street (btwn 6th and 7th Avenues)
 320 Park Avenue (south side of 51st Street; closed on weekends)
1140 Broadway (@ 26th Street)
2 Penn Plaza Food Hall


Farm-to-table, gluten-free, create your own plate, hot dishes, sides, soups, sides, build-a-bowl, and cold-pressed juices. Menu varies by location.

14 locations throughout Manhattan; Days and times vary by location


Seasonal, healthy food options, build your own plate. Note, not all dishes are gluten-free. Be sure to tell the staff you need to eat gluten-free and ask them to help you choose the right dishes.


14 locations throughout Manhattan; Days and times vary by location

Breakfast including GF bagels, eggs, and GF pancakes in some locations, grain bowls, sandwiches, paninis, salads, vegan options, fresh juices, desserts. Note, not all dishes are gluten-free. Ask staff to change gloves and prepare all gluten-free sandwiches separately.

Multiple locations throughout Manhattan; Days and times vary by location


Salads, soups, and sandwiches. Please note, this is a very gluten-heavy restaurant but they do have gluten-free options including bread, quinoa bowls, and salads. If you are super sensitive to airborne gluten, I would avoid LPQ.

8 locations all in midtown Manhattan


Salads, quinoa bowls in some locations, yogurts, fruit, juice, omelettes. Not my top choice due to limited options, but good in a pinch.

Multiple locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island


International chain with assembly-line style Mexican food. Make sure to tell your server that you require a change of gloves and careful preparation of bowls!!


Please note: all of the above are recommendations. Ask lots of questions and eat at your own risk!
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Happy New Year!

Another year has come and gone. I moved from New York City to California. I got engaged. I figured out how to live life 2,500+ miles away from everything I know and love. But I survived and thrived. I am beyond excited for 2017 and ready to hit the ground running.

Thank you everyone who has been following my blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram over the past year. My New York City posts continue to be the top hit and I have some exciting plans for those blog posts in 2017. Stay tuned.

Speaking of Instagram, your 40,000+ likes floored me. Thank you so much for interacting with me on social. It makes this crazy gluten-free world seem a lot smaller!


Here’s to a happy, healthy, and travel-filled 2017!

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Gluten-Free Globetrotter Travel News: December 2016

It’s the last month of 2016, how did that happen? It’s been a crazy month with the elections here in the United States. Without getting too political, I am still hoping I am waking up from a nightmare and the outcome of the elections were all a big joke. Having friends across the globe, it’s been really enlightening to see what others now think of America. All I say is try living here. It’s really quite a mess these days and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared of the next four years.


But we must carry on with life and go on. Perhaps I should tell people I meet on my travels that I am from Canada instead of the US. I don’t want people thinking I voted for that maniac. /rant


Gluten-Free Globetrotter in the News

Gluten-Free Travel News

In other news…

Where I’ve been: This past month I have stayed put in California. I had a lovely weekend in Sausalito and San Francisco (post coming soon) and also did some visiting with sea otters in Moss Landing, CA. I met up with my cousins in Pescadero and even had lunch in Dublin, CA. (Who knew there was one outside of Ireland and Ohio?! Not me!)

Where I’m going: I booked my first 2017 NYC trip of many for next year. With a wedding in NYC, I need to take care of a lot of details which requires me flying back and forth. Thank goodness for airline sales and a flexible schedule. I am also busy toying with ideas of where to go on our honeymoon. I think Greece is up there on my list!

Gluten-Free Globetrotter wedding update
My wedding venue in New York City is booked, I bought a beautiful wedding gown, I know where I am getting my gluten-free wedding cake (By the Way Bakery in NYC), and my menu is setting up to be almost completely gluten-free. Things are coming together but we still have a long way to go. We have wedding guests coming from more than 8 states and 5 countries so there is a lot of logistically planning, tour guiding, and more to do for this wedding international weekend. I can’t wait to share our special day with our friends and family from around the world.

Where are you traveling to this month? 

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Ed. Note: It has been brought to my attention (yet again) that there is someone using my website name and misrepresenting themselves on social media as me. Please keep in mind that Gluten-Free Globetrotter is a registered trademark with the USPTO. If someone is emailing you or commenting on your website using my name and/or website, please let me know immediately. It is very upsetting that someone is trying to fraudulently build their brand based on my brand name and website that has been around almost 6 years. Thank you for your help.


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Top 10 Gluten-Free Cities, an international travel booking site, put together a list of their top 10 gluten-free friendly cities based on restaurant reviews and bloggers across the globe. I have been to 6 of the 10 cities on this list. I am very surprised that New York City didn’t make this list but not surprised at all about Portland or Denver, both of which are gluten-free friendly cities.

What do you think of this list? Are any of your top gluten-free friendly cities missing?


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Win 2 Tickets to GFFAFest in Portland

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I can’t believe it is almost October and that I am heading back to Portland this weekend for the first time in more than 2 years. I used to go to Portland, Oregon regularly for work every four to six … Continue reading

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