New York, New York

16 Jan

The boyfriend and I went on a week long trip to New York over New Years. Unlike most people, we toured the city based not only on its famous attractions… but we mostly saw different parts of the city in order to find food that I was able to eat. I researched for weeks to find the best gluten free options and am thoroughly satisfied with everything we were able to try while in NY. Our friends joked that we visited almost all of New York just because of my eating restrictions… 🙂

Below is a journal of where we ate during our stay. If you or someone you know can’t eat gluten and you travel to NY, this may be helpful for you!


Pala Pizza: An amazing start to our wonderful trip in the big apple! We met up with a few of our friends that live in New York. They had never been to this place before but they enjoyed the food just as much as we did. We started off with this gluten free, dairy free bruschetta type appetizer. Then we shared a pizza that was gluten and dairy free. It had a crispy crust, vegan mozzarella, sausage, sundried tomatoes, leeks… Awesome-sauce.  The waiter was also entertaining and friendly, which is a huge plus.


Luscious Food: We had originally planned on going to a place called Sun in Bloom, but when we took the subway and walked a few blocks there- we found out that they were closed for renovations. J That’s okay though, because after walking around the neighborhood we stumbled across Luscious Food. I had a delicious gluten free BLT with turkey. They get their bread from a local bakery. It was decent bread, but I was more excited about the bacon and turkey. Hey! I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet.

Risotteria: Later that night we stumbled into an adorable neighborhood. Although we had to wait for about thirty minutes to get a table (at the bar), we beat the rush. By the time we were sitting at our table, there was a list the mile long of people wanting to get some of their delicious eats. To start everything off we had some gluten free bread sticks. This was the first time I’d had breadsticks in over 4 years! They weren’t your typical breadstick, but it was still a fun substitute. I ordered a gluten free, dairy free Panini with chicken and peppers. It was amazingly crispy, yet moist… Oh it was amazing. I washed it down with a gluten free cider. We also ordered a $7 cupcake and a cookie. The cookie was fine, but the cupcake was one of the better cupcakes we tried when we were in NY.


Cosi: The Boyfriend had an insane desire to go to the Apple Store by Central Park before heading to the Lion King on Broadway. It took to long to get from point A to point B, so we had to quickly grab lunch. I spied Cosi down the block so we grabbed a quick bite. I always get their Signature Salad without the cheese.

Tre: I found this Italian restaurant when searching for GF places during our trip. When we got in the neighborhood I realized that we were only a block from Babycakes (see below). We took a pit stop there first, and then headed to Tre for some delicious Italian. There weren’t tons of gluten free options, but I ended up eating some gf penne, garlic, broccoli, and shrimp. Mmmm It was good!

Babycakes: I was desperate to try a couple of the gluten free cupcakes at Babycakes. Erin McKenna is known for her allergy friendly cupcakes. I practically ran from the subway station to grab one and I’m sorry to say it, but I was beyond disappointed. We got a carrot cupcake and a chocolate cupcake. The cake was extremely dry, crumbled all over, and tasted horribly. The frosting was gooey and didn’t taste like frosting… Now, I completely understand that there’s no dairy, gluten, eggs, etc in those cupcakes… but I still expected heaven. Bummer!

Bar Suzette: I am so happy that we happened upon this place in the Chelsea Market. First of all, the Chelsea Market is AMAZING! It was one of my favorite places that we visited. So many cute shops, bakeries, stores. Secondly, I have never had a crepe. Sad, right? Well, Bar Suzette has gluten free crepes! I died and went to heaven after eating their Nutella and Banana crepe. I also had a crepe that was jam packed with chicken and veggies. They have a separate crepe maker and batter just for gluten free people, too!

Brooklyn Mac: I was super excited to eat some gluten and dairy free macaroni and cheese. I talked about it all day. It took me over 20 minutes to decide which delicious dish I would get. That night we were going out to celebrate New Years so we needed something that could be delivered. I called two hours ahead of time to place our order. After about an hour, I had to call and see if they were lost. I was reassured that the delivery boy was on his way. Another 45 minutes later, someone called and told me that we were half a mile outside the delivery radius. I was so angry, but I had such a craving for macaroni that we ended up going back the next day (see Sunday’s post). By the way, I was going to order the Park Slope: vegan cheddar, hamburger, onions, and broccoli. Makes sense why I would want to go back, right? Mmmm.

Vegetarian Ginger: We went to our pre-party with empty tummies and luckily we found a place that had gluten free options just two blocks away. Even though everything is vegetarian, we still enjoyed our food. The boyfriend got General Tso’s (with fried tofu).

Peter’s Restaurant: We went to New York simply for this place. I haven’t had french toast at a restaurant in over 3 years! No one in Madison has real gluten free breakfast foods (no french toast, pancakes, or waffles- unless they’re made by me!). Peter’s was the perfect place to nurse a hang over. We all thoroughly enjoyed our food, me a little more than everyone else. I had GF French toast, eggs, potatoes, and berries. It was amazingly delicious and I could stop smiling the entire time. I swore we would go back for the waffles.
Brooklyn Mac: I’m a sucker for mac’n’cheese so we took a two hour trip (since we found out from the previous day that they didn’t deliver to our area). The boyfriend made a sick joke on the way there that they would be out of gluten free noodles when we got there. Not funny, but guess what? It happened to be true. I almost punched the guys behind the counter I was so angry (and they deserved it- the guys working there were complete tool boxes). So, my choices were limited to salads seeing as they were out of gluten free noodles… Grrr. I ended up getting a 17 dollar salad which was not very exciting.  By the time we got home from our super long train ride everything was cold and wilted L To be honest, I would probably end up going again just to get that damn macaroni dish. I’m a fool. The boyfriend liked his dish though.


Lilli & Loo: After only having Starbucks coffee for breakfast that day by dinner time we were starving! I was thrilled to have a (gluten free) fried spring roll for the first time in 3 years.  The boyfriend wanted to try pork dumplings, which we both were unimpressed with, and then we shared thair fried rice and a chicken sizzling stir fry. It was fun to share our entire meal together for a change!

Tu Lu’s Bakery: We decided to make a trip out of our way just to visit this entirely gluten free bakery. It was a really cute place and their coffee cake was amazing! I wasn’t impressed with their cupcakes (dry), but the cookie tasted like it came straight out of the Nabisco box. It would have been great dipped in a glass of milk.

Peter’s Restaurant: The only duplicate visit to a restaurant on our trip was to Peter’s. I’m a breakfast girl, and had to go back for the waffle. It was amazing and I wish we had a Peter’s at our place. Almost their entire menu is gluten free… They even had a meatloaf! I thought it’d be pushing my luck to go back for a third time later that night 🙂

Sprinkles: We were walking towards the subway when I saw Sprinkles. This wasn’t a planned stop as I had completely forgot about this bakery. However, I remembered that they had a gluten free red velvet cupcake so I yanked the boyfriend into the store before he even knew what was happening. The cupcake was very moist but crumbly. Still one of the better cupcakes I had in NY. This place is so stinkin’ adorable! I love it.

Arepa Bar: We had originally planned on eating here the first night we got to NY, but just like the majority of restaurants in New York the place is tiny and there was a super long wait. We decided we’d go back and get some of my boyfriend’s native homeland food. I have posted about how to make arepas before, but we usually eat them with just eggs and ham. It was so cool to see a variety of fillings, and gave me some good ideas for what to make the next time we have arepitas. The boys ended up getting some tajadas as well (fried plantain). I had to avoid that though because it was made in the same fryer that they fry wheat in.

6 Responses to “New York, New York”

  1. Lindsay Ott January 21, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Having to eat gluten free and traveling can always be a fun yet scary experience! I am always looking for “fast” food type places in the Madison area. I’m guessing you have eaten at the Cosi’s around here. Do they seem to have a good understanding of allergies and cross contamination? Sandwich places like that make me really nervous! I would be interested to hear your experiences! Chipotle gets old after awhile.

    • GoodBye Gluten January 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

      Hi Lindsay!!!

      Hmmmm… I’ve never gotten sick from eating there. I always ask for them to change their gloves though.

      Fast food options are tricky and very limited 😦
      Panera is quick! They have an allergy binder but I always get the Fuji apple salad and black bean soup.
      I also like Pasquals (I just found out their chips are NOT gluten free- fried in the same oil as wheat tortillas. Every time I ate the chips I got really sick. I asked every time to make sure, but last week was the first time someone told me that they weren’t gluten free. Explains a lot).
      Sai Bai Thong is good, but takes a little longer. They have two dishes that are gluten free.

      My favorites in Madison (not all fast food) are: Bunky’s, Jac’s, Bluphies, Sai Bai, Pasqual’s, & PF Changs.

      Hope that helps a little 🙂

      • Lindsay Ott January 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

        Thanks! I got REALLY sick eating at Pasquals. REALLY sick. I did not eat the chips. I found their wait staff to be completely ignorant regarding gluten. I ordered two tacos and no sides. I didn’t think there was a way to mess that up, but wow! I will not be eating there again! I haven’t been adventurous enough to try Panera yet. All of the bread crumbs flying around makes me too nervous! We eat at a few of the restaurants you mentioned, as well as Cheeseburger in Paradise and Outback. I have had really good luck at both of those places many many times. I have also sucessfully eaten at Biaggi’s a couple of times. Although, I found their wait staff to be a bit clueless! They carried my bread bowl out right under a regular bread bowl. They also wanted to put the parmesean cheese that sits out on the table in my olive oil that I would be dipping my bread in! I was in the bathroom, but luckily my parents stopped them in time! Oh the joys of eating out! I hope your school year is going well!

  2. Michelle February 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Hello. I stopped by the Victory today – and was very pleased and happy to see (finally) gluten-free goodies. I asked the barristas, but they didn’t seem to know – what kinds of flours are you using? I have a nut and soy allergy – so I kind of need to know 😉

    Is there any way to find out what the ingredients are in your products? As you probably know, us silly yaks have allergies that go hand-in-hand with our gluten intolerances, unfortunately.


    • GoodBye Gluten February 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

      Hello Michelle,

      Thanks for stopping by!
      I use sweet rice, white rice, and brown rice flours.
      My cupcakes are dairy free as well- and instead of milk I use soy milk and also the dairy free butter I use has soy in it. 😦
      If you didn’t have a dairy intolerance (I do), and wanted to place a special order I could do soy free cupcakes for you! Let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in. I know having allergies is a pain…


      • Michelle March 7, 2012 at 10:47 am #

        Thanks for letting me know – I greatly appreciate it! I may take you up on the special order, maybe around the time my birthday rolls around 😉

        Thanks again,


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