Gluten Free Restaurants NYC: A Guide to Eating Gluten Free in NYC

on February 6, 2019

New York City is truly a gluten free mecca. Actually, NYC is the first place I traveled to when I originally had to go gluten free back in 2012. I remember that trip vividly – I had only been gluten free for about six months (filled with many cross contamination experiences and a lot of sickness and frustration). I was living on bland salads at my college’s dining hall and dreading travel to a new location. Then I arrived in New York City to a huge array of high standard gluten free restaurants serving safe food that tasted … GOOD. The gluten free restaurants NYC scene has grown exponentially in the passing years, just as awareness of celiac disease, and the pop culture and scientific research on gluten free lifestyles have grown too. Yet, some of those original restaurants still remain. I have been back to NYC so many times over the passing years, now having both best friends and family living there. Each time I love revisiting my old favorites, and exploring new gluten free options. 

So, this guide has really been in the making for as long as I have been gluten free myself. After my most recent trip to NYC, I’ve decided it’s time to share that knowledge! Below you will find my favorite gluten free restaurants in NYC. From the 100% gluten free restaurants and bakeries, restaurants with gluten free options, places to shop for gluten free options, and more. I’m also including (at the bottom) links to two incredible bloggers who have helped me on this journey discovering gluten free restaurants in NYC. And finally, you can find my gluten free restaurants NYC map at the bottom of the post (as usual!). Enjoy!

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Related: Browse all my other gluten free travel guides here

100% Gluten Free Restaurants NYC

All of the following restaurants are dedicated gluten free establishments. I have eaten at ALL of them myself so I can personally vouch for them.

Risotteria Melotti

To me, this is the queen of gluten free restaurants in NYC. It’s the first gluten free place I ate in NYC back in 2012 (and it’s still going strong as of 2019!). I really fell in love with gluten free travel thanks to Risotteria Melotti…it all came down to the moment they gave us complimentary gluten free breadsticks! As you may have deduced, they make most of their products from naturally gluten free risotto flour. I really recommend a visit here.

Senza Gluten

Senza Gluten is another powerhouse of the gluten free restaurants NYC scene, and has been around for a long time. They serve 100% gluten free Italian food that is absolutely delicious and the best you’ll find (of the gluten free variety) outside of Italy. It is a bit pricy but if you are looking for a fancy sit down meal this is your place.

Inday

Inday is a fast-casual dedicated gluten free restaurant. They take a definite New Yorker twist on Indian dishes. There are three locations in the city. We went to Inday GoGo which is in Urban Space 570, basically a little indoor market with lots of unique food vendors. It was perfect for what we wanted, and although my friend and I both ate at Inday GoGo, this would be an ideal place to take non-gluten free traveling companions as they get more choice. Honestly I love Inday and would eat here again and again!

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The Little Beet Table

I want to profusely thank the Endless Distances reader who recommended The Little Beet Table to me via Facebook! This is another fast-casual dedicated gluten free restaurant with multiple locations across NYC. I was walking down the street when I passed it close to Rockefeller Centre. We were hungry so we just popped in! Other gluten free travelers know how rare this experience is…  not having to hunt around for an appropriate restaurant! Anyway, the food here is stunningly healthy. There are so many yummy options it was hard to choose, but I went with a beet-based falafel bowl which was crispy and perfect.

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100% Gluten Free Bakeries NYC

Bakeries are perhaps the most exciting thing to find as dedicated gluten free. You know, flour flying around and all. There are two standout gluten free bakeries in NYC that I can personally recommend!

Erin McKenna’s Bakery

I’m obsessed with this ultra pink hole-in-the-wall gluten free bakery, located in lower Manhattan. They are also vegan and kosher! Erin McKenna’s is a dedicated gluten free bakery that offers a huge array of baked goods from donuts to cookies to muffins and so much more. Both times I’ve visited have been in the afternoon, and they’ve just given me free baked goods as the day is ending. Free gluten free cookies? YES PLEASE. Personally, I recommend getting a box and stocking up for your NYC trip. The donuts are all amazing. The chocolate chip cookies look unassuming but they will make your mouth water until you eat three in one go. Not speaking from personal experience or anything… *cough*

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NoGlu

NoGlu is another dedicated gluten free bakery, and is actually under the same brand as the famous Parisian gluten free bakery of the same name (which I’ve also been to, and also LOVED). The NYC location is on the west side of Central Park. You can purchase a wide array of gluten free pastries and breads, all with a special French twist. The gluten free eclairs are life-giving, FYI.

Gluten Free Restaurants NYC (Not Dedicated Gluten Free)

There are a lot of restaurants in NYC that cater to gluten free diners, yet aren’t actually 100% gluten free. These are some of the best – I’ve noted the few where celiacs should take precaution.

Friedman’s (very Celiac friendly)

Without a doubt, Friedman’s needs to be on your list if you are celiac or gluten intolerant in NYC. Although Friedman’s is not 100% gluten free, they do a fabulous job of preventing cross contamination. From using separate kitchen space and fryers, to marking all the gluten free options with little tags, they are so careful. AND, most of the menu can be made gluten free, including all sandwiches and yes, even fried chicken and waffles! Friedman’s has multiple locations in NYC and serve brunch, lunch, and dinner. I recommend testing out each meal 😉

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Bloom’s Deli (very Celiac friendly)

Bloom’s Deli is your classic American diner with actually reasonable prices. This is probably my favorite gluten free establishment in NYC, partially because I’m a sucker for brunch, and partially because they are so damn good at the gluten free thing. Bloom’s Deli has a separate gluten free menu (with items such as gluten free toast, sausage, french toast, pancakes, hash browns, etc). In addition, they have incredible precautions in place such as separate gluten free prep space, gluten free toaster, staff training, gluten free fryer, and more. If you are celiac in NYC, you need to visit Bloom’s Deli for brunch. You won’t damage your stomach or your wallet.

New York City is a gluten free mecca. This is your guide to the gluten free restaurants NYC scene, including 100% gluten free restaurants, bakeries, and more. #glutenfree #glutenfreetravel #glutenfreenyc

Melt Shop (possible cross contamination risk)

Melt Shop is a grilled cheese emporium. Take your pick of a dozen or so gourmet grilled cheeses, top it off with a milkshake and tater tots, and you’re a few steps closer to heaven (thanks to both cholesterol and your taste buds). They do provide gluten free options such as gluten free bread for the sandwiches and a separate fryer for the tater tots. However I will say, especially to celiacs and sensitive gluten intolerants, to act with caution. Question your server and ensure they use separate prep surfaces and clean the blender etc. Luckily I had very knowledgable staff when I visited Melt Shop, although I have read reviews of poor experiences due to cross contamination. As ever, proceed with caution!

Tompkin’s Square Bagels (possible cross contamination risk)

I went to Tompkin’s Square Bagels last year on a craving for a New York bagel. They advertise and make a big deal out of offering gluten free bagels, which you can get a massive variety of toppings for. However, they are really lacking in the cross contamination department. They do not have a separate prep space, although they do clean the prep space and switch gloves if you notify them you are celiac or “have an allergy.” The prep space is open so you can watch them prepare, which is nice. However they use the same toaster as the gluten-containing bagels!! This is just a no-go. I ended up having an un-toasted bagel, which was still good, but not great. I would only recommend coming to Tompkin’s Square Bagels if you are A) not sensitive or celiac, or B) really really want a bagel and don’t care if it’s un-toasted.

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Butcher’s Daughter (possible cross contamination risk)

Butcher’s Daughter is a super trendy, kinda hipster, and ultra instagrammable cafe is known for brunch, but also stays open later for dinner. There are a wide array of gluten free options, from gluten free bread to pasta and pizza bases, too. Personally, I will say tread with caution and make sure to question your waiter here about cross contamination if you are celiac or sensitive. They seem to cater more toward those who are gluten intolerant with low sensitivity, and don’t have quite as much awareness of safe preparation. Nevertheless, I did eat here twice without issue, although the second time I requested a new waiter because my first one wasn’t knowledgeable about their cross contamination practices.

New York City is a gluten free mecca. This is your guide to the gluten free restaurants NYC scene, including 100% gluten free restaurants, bakeries, and more. #glutenfree #glutenfreetravel #glutenfreenyc

Sweetgreen (possible cross contamination risk)

Sweetgreen is a healthy chain restaurant that specializes in serving salad bowls. The menu marks all gluten free items and you can find locations across the city. However, due to being a chain you also have to be aware that different locations will have different standards of cross contamination awareness. Also, be aware that it is a buffet-type set up (similar to Chipotle), which increases risk of contamination. I was not satisfied with my server’s knowledge on the gluten free options when we went (she was brand new and hadn’t been trained yet), so ended up getting some help from the manager. I ended up having a really great salad bowl and no reaction! So ultimately I had a good experience, but if you go just don’t be shy to question your server, as always.

New York City is a gluten free mecca. This is your guide to the gluten free restaurants NYC scene, including 100% gluten free restaurants, bakeries, and more. #glutenfree #glutenfreetravel #glutenfreenyc

Other Gluten Free Restaurants NYC

There are tons of other gluten free restaurants in NYC, and the market is growing by the week.  Below are a selection of other NYC gluten free restaurants (both dedicated and non-dedicated) that based on my research through their websites, Find Me Gluten Free, TripAdvisor, and the lovely Erin’s database I think are worth checking out. Unfortunately, I haven’t had an opportunity to eat at these myself so I cannot vouch for them personally. However, they are all on my list to try next time! I have put a * by the restaurants that are 100% gluten free.

  • Egg Shop – a trendy brunch restaurant with multiple locations. Has gluten free bread.
  • Manchi* – 100% gluten free healthy food restaurant
  • La Esquina* – 100% gluten free Mexican restaurant with multiple locations
  • Springbone Kitchen* – 100% gluten free restaurant with food based on bone broth
  • ROLLN* – 100% gluten free sushi restaurant
  • Le Botaniste* – 100% gluten free, plant-based and organic food
  • Hu Kitchen* – 100% gluten free restaurant and market serving food and products with ‘conscious’ ingredients
  • The Village Den* – 100% gluten free restaurant serving healthy food and bowls
  • Abracadabra Brooklyn – A Turkish restaurant with gluten free options
  • Dana’s Bakery* – 100% gluten free macaroon bakery
  • Dekalb Market Hall – A market in Brooklyn with gluten free options
  • Brodo* – 100% gluten free restaurant, everything is based on bone broth (there are some vegetarian options)
  • Del Posto – Every single pasta is available gluten free (including lasagna!)
  • Rubirosa – Gluten free options include pizza and pasta at this Italian restaurant
  • Browns Bagels – Gluten free bagels!
  • Dirt Candy – Plant-based restaurant with gluten free options
  • Rosemary’s – Seasonal Italian dishes with local herbs, many gluten free options
  • Lilli and Loo – Chinese restaurant with gluten free menu
New York City is a gluten free mecca. This is your guide to the gluten free restaurants NYC scene, including 100% gluten free restaurants, bakeries, and more. #glutenfree #glutenfreetravel #glutenfreenyc

a box of love from Erin McKenna’s 100% gluten free bakery

Gluten Free Grocery Stores in NYC

If you are staying in NYC for any extended period of time, you are probably going to do some grocery shopping. Nowadays you can find gluten free options at most grocery stores. However, these are my two favorite grocery stores in the US (and both are popular in NYC) for gluten free shopping.

Whole Foods

Tons of gluten free options here including many of the popular brands. You can also pick up a quick meal here. If you have Amazon Prime you can get a discount, too! Check Whole Foods NYC locations here.

Trader Joe’s

Another healthy grocery store with many gluten free options. I really like the Trader Joe’s brand gluten free items (the chocolate chip cookies are so good!). If you want a quick lunch they do gluten free salads. Check Trader Joe’s NYC locations here.

New York City is a gluten free mecca. This is your guide to the gluten free restaurants NYC scene, including 100% gluten free restaurants, bakeries, and more. #glutenfree #glutenfreetravel #glutenfreenyc

The fancy shmancy coconut chocolate gluten free donut from Erin McKenna’s Bakery

Resources for Finding Gluten Free Restaurants in NYC

The saying ‘it takes a village’ can definitely be applied to gluten free travel. My first step before I travel anywhere is to peruse the sites of some favorite gluten free travel bloggers for their recommendations. I find that these articles mean a lot more to me than anonymous reviews on TripAdvisor or even Find Me Gluten Free (an app that all gluten free travelers in the USA should download), because I trust these writers. So, of course I want to spread the love. You should really check out these bloggers’ gluten free restaurants NYC guides because they do mention places I haven’t covered here.

  • Rachel of A Nesting Nomad – Rachel was the first gluten free travel blogger who I really started following along with regularly and now consider her one of my ‘internet friends’ – lol. She visited NYC a couple years ago and her gluten free NYC guide is exhaustive and helped me a lot!
  • Erin of Gluten Free Globetrotter – Erin has been diagnosed celiac since 1981 and is a New York native. She really is the guru of gluten free NYC information. Her website is full of tips which she regularly updates, including her dedicated gluten free restaurants NYC post.
  • Jodi of Legal Nomads – Jodi is another long time favorite gluten free travel blogger, both for her extensive GF guides and beautiful writing. I always buy my gluten free translation cards from her when I travel. Jodi previously lived in NYC and has a guide to 22 cheap gluten free eats in NYC.

Gluten Free Restaurants NYC Map…

This is a map I’ve been working on for two (two!!!) years. Here, you can find all the gluten free restaurants listed above, as well as some of my favorite shops and tourist destinations in the city. Use this map on your phone (works without data), and easily find the closest gluten free restaurant to your location.

Related: Browse all my other gluten free travel guides here

I truly hope this guide helps you on your next trip to NYC! It really is one of the best cities in the world to visit if you are celiac, gluten intolerant, or otherwise avoiding gluten. And as long as this guide is, there are always new gluten free restaurants popping up. I will do my best to keep this gluten free restaurants NYC guide updated – hopefully with new reviews after my next trip to NYC!

In the meantime, let me know your favorite gluten free restaurants in NYC in the comments! Did I miss any?

Sarah xx

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