15 Great Gluten Free-Friendly Restaurants and Bakeries in New York City

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Gluten free? These restaurants should be must-visits!
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Del Posto offers a gluten-free pasta menu. 

Gluten Free? Follow Me! There are SO many gluten free friendly restaurants and bakeries in NYC. Your issue shouldn’t be finding gluten free things to eat – it should be deciding where to go to first! I detail and rank over 900 gluten free friendly eateries in NYC on my website to facilitate easier dining decisions for gluten free diners and to showcase the overwhelming number of options. Below is my list of the top gluten free eateries in NYC based on gluten free friendliness, safety, taste, variety, service, value and atmosphere. It is so critical that restaurants uphold gluten free safety standards because a mistake such as not knowing a sauce contains gluten can lead to allergic reactions among other symptoms.

Senza Gluten
Senza Gluten is a fairly new restaurant, and I’m so glad it’s here to stay! Before Chef Jemiko opened his restaurant, he spent a year asking gluten free people what they would like to eat and what they are missing. And boy did he execute his ideas well! My favorite appetizer is the bruschetta, and my favorite entrée is the lobster tail and shrimp stuffed mushroom. Don’t forget to save room for dessert – their flourless chocolate cake and tiramisu with homemade biscuits are incredible. Located in Greenwich Village.

The Little Beet Table
I was so excited when fast casual restaurant The Little Beet expanded to a full service restaurant, The Little Beet Table, this past year. Chef Franklin Becker truly knows how to prepare wholesome and healthy food. Becker’s menu contains a wide assortment of vegetables, fish, and meat – it’s hard to hold back from ordering everything! I love the roasted sweet potatoes with smoked sea salt and olive oil. Again, save room for dessert. Located in Flatiron.

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC (formerly known as BabyCakes)
I’m a sucker for equal icing and cake so the cupcake tops are perfect! The red velvet and Samoa donuts are so unique in the gluten free community – people never believe me when I say that they are gluten free. The flavors rotate daily so you can always try something new. Not only is everything gluten free; everything is also dairy free, egg free, and soy free! Located in Lower East Side.

Cosme
Cosme serves contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine. Chef Enrique Olvera and his team have done an amazing job creating flavorful dishes that happen to be gluten free. It can be challenging to get a reservation, but it is well worth the wait. One of the most Instagrammed foods this year was Cosme’s husk meringue with corn mousse, and it tastes even better than it looks! I also love the ayocote bean salad with radish and charred cucumber vinaigrette. Located in Flatiron.

Jennifer’s Way Bakery
Jennifer Esposito is my celiac hero (and one of my favorite actresses)! When she learned that not all gluten free foods are created equally, she created Jennifer’s Way, and I’m thankful that she did. Whenever I walk by, the smell brings me in and I have to grab at least one cookie! Located in East Village.

Risotteria Melotti
The Giuseppe Melotti family is a famous producer of rice in Italy, and rightfully so they have based their menu off of this rice. Rice cakes are brought to your table to start which put a new meaning on this typical diet food – so unexpectedly satisfying! You must get the rice arancini (stuffed rice balls filled with tomato sauce & mozzarella) and polenta fries with homemade ketchup and spicy mayo. Also, you can’t leave without trying their specialty, risotto! I highly recommend the warm chocolate cake, tiramisu, and profiteroles for dessert. Located in East Village.

Colors
Colors is a non-profit restaurant that takes sustainable dining to the next level. The menu changes frequently due to seasonal changes but there are always amazing options. You must get the buttermilk fried chicken with potato puree and spicy honey – I couldn’t believe it was gluten free. I loved the chocolate “Hostess” cupcake and angel food cake for dessert. Located in NoHo.

Hu Kitchen
Hu is all about getting back to a more human way of eating without sacrificing the experience of eating delicious food. There are so many options at this fast casual restaurant including lots of clean veggies and prepared foods. It’s hard to resist their gluten free desserts - you must try the carrot cream whoopee pie! Located in Union Square.

Burlap Sack Potato Eatery
I’m very careful with cross contamination so I only eat French fries that are completely gluten free. Imagine my excitement when Burlap Sack, an eatery dedicated to potatoes, opened this past year!  I took a tour of the facility, and I can attest that it is completely gluten free and quite clean. You can create a meal with a potato base of baked potato medallions, baked potato, French fries, sweet potato fries, or tater tots. Then, cover your potatoes with protein, cheeses, vegetables, and sauces, and you’re at gluten free perfection. Located in Murray Hill.

Del Posto
Del Posto offered gluten free options long before other restaurants did. They probably have the best gluten free bread in the city as demonstrated when I devoured the basket of focaccia bread before the rest of the food came! Chef Mark Ladner has mastered gluten free pasta – if you visit in the fall, definitely get the pumpkin ravioli. Del Posto is on the pricier side, so reserve it for a fancy date night. The service is impeccable, and you leave feeling satisfied and well taken care of. Located in Meatpacking.

S’MAC
S’MAC is my favorite spot to get gluten free mac & cheese. All of the S’MAC’s can be made gluten free, and you can even request for your macaroni to be topped with breadcrumbs made from gluten free cornflakes. Reduced lactose and vegan/dairy free options are also available. I used to live fairly close to the Murray Hill location, and let’s just say that I would time my late night snack based on SMAC’s hours! Located in Murray Hill & East Village.

Rubirosa
Rubirosa has one of the best gluten free pizzas in NYC. My favorite pizza pie is the arugula pie with cherry tomato, parmesan, and balsamic. Rubirosa doesn’t just have gluten free pizza – it also offers gluten free pasta, rice balls, and mozzarella sticks. If you can manage after eating all that heavenly fried food, get the flourless chocolate cake with vanilla gelato! Located in NoHo.

Luke’s Lobster
I usually get lobster served on top of a salad because most places don’t carry gluten free rolls. Luke’s is one of the only places that carries gluten free rolls so you can have a real lobster roll! The shrimp roll and crab roll are also gluten free if you request a gluten free bun. Located in FiDi, East Village, Midtown East, City Kitchen in Hell's Kitchen, Plaza Food Hall, Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Brooklyn.

Madison Square Tavern
MS Tavern is a new restaurant with 3 levels and over 7,000 square feet of dining space. They don’t broadcast how gluten free friendly they are but everything is indeed gluten free! For appetizers, I loved the cured salmon with everything bagel chips appetizer and the heirloom tomato salad with nectarines, goat cheese, pickled red onions, and spicy candied cashews. The cheesecake with raspberry sorbet was unbelievable, as was the chocolate cake. The chef truly knows how best to combine ingredients and present such unique and thoughtful dishes. Located in Chelsea.

Oovah
I appreciate that Oovah’s objective is to establish a seamless dining experience by eliminating the challenge of modifying meals due to gluten restrictions.  It allows for a much more relaxed meal for gluten free diners! I recommend the tacos and the hand cut papas fritas with white truffle oil, parmesan, and herbs. If you’re a dessert lover like me, you can’t leave without trying the homemade chocolate cake with Nutella frosting. Located in Hell’s Kitchen.

Jackie Aanonsen is the Founder & CEO of Gluten Free Follow Me. Follow her on Instagram @JackieeAA and Twitter @JackieeAA

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