Gluten-Free NYC

I’m home! I can’t tell you how good it feels to be reunited with Abe and Julius. And to have a kitchen again! When I was living in NYC all month, I discovered just how sensitive my gluten allergy is – VERY. My room at The Box House Hotel in Greenpoint, Brooklyn did have a fridge, but mostly I had been eating out at places that had no chance of cross-contamination.

Most of my research was done on Yelp, searching the reviews for words like “celiac” and “gluten” but I also asked friends, and called the places first, to make sure they sounded confident about handling the situation.

Even with all of that, there were days when I still felt the symptoms – usually after I ate at a place that isn’t 100% gluten-free.  Here are places I could mark as “safe.”

gluten-free breakfast burrito from Hu Kitchen NYC

Hu Kitchen – I ate at their Union Square location more than any place else, because it’s centrally located, 100% gluten-free, and I could easily grab things to stay or to go. Also, everything I tried was delicious! They have ready-made deli salads, custom smoothies, hot meals, and even a chia seed pudding bar. Everyone said to try their chocolate; sadly I never got around to it – but I can say that I can’t stop thinking about their breakfast burrito (above).

Wild Brooklyn– I blogged about this place recently; they have pizza classes too!

Franco’s Metro – Technically,this place is in NJ but I had to mention it since it’s the only place near my mom’s apartment in Fort Lee that has gluten-free options. They were really great about customizing a dish for me that was also free of mustard (which I also recently found out I’m allergic to – SHEESH).

Gluten-Free Dinner at Westville NYC

Westville – We went to the Chelsea location where the server was careful to note my allergies and walk me through the menu. I had a delightful salmon salad (above) while my date Abbie chose from their prepared sides. The space is really cute – I feel like if I lived nearby, I’d be a local.

Springbone Kitchen – After I watched an entire tree branch fall on a bench full of people just feet away from me in Washington Square Park (I’m not joking) I got up and left and walked right into this cute little spot. They specialize in bone broths and are 100% gluten-free – I wound up getting a salad. It’s also just up the street from Senza Gluten, which came highly recommended but I didn’t want to eat alone after that near-death experience.

Jungle Cafe – This place was within walking distance of my hotel. The night we went, I was having a reunion with some friends from college I hadn’t seen in decades. In the back there was a vegan meetup, so people kept coming up to our table to ask if we were the meetup. Finally, when some guy asked if he could sit with us, I had to tell him, “Sorry” and was later told by someone else that he was the owner. Oops. They have a buffet filled with vegan/gluten-free options – I opted for the Macro Bowl (below) and it was delicious. There was some confusion about how to pay; it really made me feel like I was back at Wesleyan again.

Jungle Cafe Macro Bowl (Vegan Gluten-Free) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

The Little Beet – I often brought my own lunch to set since I got sick eating from catering the first few days. This place is 100% gluten-free and has various locations, so I’d often stop by the day before I was shooting to pick up a local, seasonal meal. I can see this concept doing really well in Los Angeles.

The Little Beet Gluten-Free NYC takeout

That’s all for the food – here’s a little video I made during my last day on set!

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3 thoughts on “Gluten-Free NYC

  1. Courtney of Savor Good

    love the recap and glad you’re home! did anyone die from that tree accident?? what do you mean confusion about how to pay? it’s interesting that the owner didn’t say he’s the owner when he asked to sit down. 😉

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