Oh, New York City—it’s the breeding ground of innovation! This makes it one of the best places to find allergy & diet friendly food options of all kinds. To navigate to everything from the best vegan/gf donuts to an ultimately instagrammable adaptogenic latte, use this Gluten Free NYC Guide. I ate my way through the city to find the absolute BEST places so that I could share them with you!
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NYC is divided into five boroughs—Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island. This guide focuses in on just Manhattan and Brooklyn as they are the central tourist areas and where most of the hubbub is.
I organized this NYC Foodie Guide by location because (besides menu options) it is the biggest factor to consider. After all, you don’t want your lunch spot to be in Brooklyn if you have tickets to a matinee on Broadway!
The very best food spots are listed by location for each sector of Manhatttan & Brooklyn. Then, below a brief description is given for each. This includes information regarding allergies, menu offerings, pricing (scaling from $ to $$$$) and some of my personal favorites.
I hope this Gluten-Free NYC Guide makes your trip to the big apple even more magical and that you get to enjoy all of your favorites! Please don’t hesitate to share your favorite spots in the comments section.
Click on a location to learn more about it.
Bareburger ($$) is an eco-consious burger chain that strives to accomodate everyone. Thanks to their network of sustainable farmers & partners, they’re able to do just that with a menu that is over one-third vegetarian and plant-based.
Additionally, they have a menu labeled with “gf’s + v’s”, gluten-free buns and even vegan shakes! Bareburger also provides information about the origin of each and every ingredient they use. This really sets them apart from the competition.
Body and Soul Bake Shop ($$) is a Brooklyn-based company that has been crafting delicious vegan baked goods since 1993 using as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible. All menu items are vegan and there are quite a few gluten-free treats as well.
Instead of having just one bakery location, this business operates out of its Brooklyn kitchen and sells at 8 different farmer’s markets. Be sure to try their gluten-free Chocolate Earl Grey Muffin!
By the Way Bakery ($$) is an old-fashioned bakery where everything is made by hand, from scratch, in small batches. Oh! & by the way—absolutely everything is gluten-free and dairy-free! They’re also certified kosher.
Stop by and grab a muffin, cookie, turtle bar, brownie, or . . . maybe one of each?
Champs Diner ($$) is an all-vegan diner in Brooklyn that provides a chill atmostphere and Americana comfort food with a healthy allergen-friendly twist.
With a 100% vegan menu, about 1/3 of the options are simoultaneously labeled as gluten-free. In addition, the menu signals which items are soy-free. I find this refreshingly unique as a lot of vegan restaurants’ offerings tend to be heavily laced with tofu.
Friedmans ($$) is a family-run restaurant that has exploded since its first location opened in 2009 in the Chelsea Market.
Now, with 6 fabulous locations, Friedmans remains unique for its dedication to being a “gluten-free safe haven” in the city.
The establishment boasts its 99% gluten-free menu and promises that each gluten-free meal will be served with a flag. They also serve antibiotic-free meats and local vegetables.
Hu Kitchen ($$) is an extroardinary paleo-inspired restaurant that offers an amazing selection of prepared healthy foods as well as their made-to-order menu items. Everything is gluten-free and dairy-free and there’s nevery any soy, refined sugars, lecithens, preservatives, canola oil, the list goes on!
Founded by brother and sister, Jordan Brown and Jessica Karp, Hu Kitchen has the mission of making it possible to “get back to human” by means of food.
Lilli and Loo ($$) is a heaven sent. It’s the only Chinese restaurant I’ve ever found that has allergy-friendly food fit to satisfy a craving.
Their gluten-free menu is complete with phad thai, fried rice, sushi, soups, tempura dishes, every kind of asian noodle you could dream of and more!
One of my personal favorites is the Oriental Pork Dumplings. But, be warned—they are addicting and when you leave the city, you’ll leave with a void in your heart . . . or should I say stomach?
Nizza ($$) is an Italian restuarant in the Hell’s Kitchen district that aims to provide something for everyone. This makes their gluten-free offerings rather impressive.
Instead of simply offering gluten-free pasta as an alternative, Nizza has an entire menu dedicated to gluten-free dinners. This includes items such as socca, pasta, salads and meat-centric entrees.
Noglu ($$$) has been the go-to place for gluten-free sweet and savory treats in Paris since 2012 and opened its doors in the Upper East Side in late 2015.
Not only is it the only French bakery with a fully organic and locally-sourced menu, but it’s also a grocery store and a take-out eatery.
Senza Gluten ($$) dares to do what no restaurant has before—craft a menu of 100% gluten-free Italian cuisine.
That’s right, this is the spot for gluten-free pasta, pizzas and antipasto. They also have a totally delicious brunch menu!
The Little Beet ($) is a 100% gluten-free restuarant that provides modern counter service. They offer bowls, sandwiches and salads inspired by local, seasonal and natural ingredients.
Each ingredient’s allergens and sourcing information are readily available for customers; so, it’s a great place for everyone to find something they like!
Like the lunch spot, The Little Beet Table serves a 100% gluten-free menu complete with burgers (plant-based or old fashioned), salads, a za’atar spiced sunflower hummus and the best damn avocado toast you ever did see.
The End Brooklyn is the definition of vibes. This cafe
Sounds amazing, right? The owners go even further to show their supports for small businesses by carrying only local products and handmade organic snacks created by friends. It is the perfect city escape!
Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery was founded by a woman with celiac disease whose love of dessert inspired her to make treats for the gluten intolerant to indulge in.
The menu specializes in cupcakes, muffins and cookies made in a completely gluten-free facility. There also a number of dairy-free/vegan options as well.
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream is just what the name states—an art. The company was founded with the mission to revive the art of traditional ice cream making using ingredients perfected by nature, not science.
The vegan flavors are made with house-made cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean resulting in a purely decadent ice cream experience.
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