The Best Gluten-Free Restaurants in NYC
NYC may be the land of infinite options, but if you’re someone who prefers your gluttony sans gluten, dining out can be significantly more of a challenge. Not to worry: We’ve rounded up the city’s best spots for a gluten-free meal, from old-school Italian to indulgent baked goods. Because gluten sensitivity or not, pizza should never have to be off-limits.
Three words: cauliflower pizza crust. At this LES mainstay, pies are very much on the table thanks to a genius wheat-free dough made from a certain wonder veggie. We’ll take ours topped with mozz, ricotta, sausage and Mike’s Hot Honey, please.
78 Rivington St.; 212-420-7700 or saucerestaurant.com
An entire menu of gluten-free pastas? Yes, we’ll take the gnocchi, lasagna and ravioli, thank you very much.
85 Tenth Ave.; 212-497-8090 or delposto.com
Erin McKenna’s Bakery
This 12-year-old LES shop (formerly Babycakes NYC) has been turning out gluten-free treats since before it was cool. The cupcakes, doughnuts, éclairs and pretty much any other confection could go head-to-head with their gluten-full counterparts and still end up on top.
248 Broome St.; 855-462-2292 or erinmckennasbakery.com
This Italian spot has an entire menu dedicated to GF dishes, including pizza. We’ll take an order of chicken Parmesan and meatballs (made with gluten-free bread crumbs) too.
235 Mulberry St.; 212-965-0500 or rubirosanyc.com
This fast-casual chain is a gold mine not just for those who are gluten-free but for paleo eaters as well. From rotisserie chicken and cauliflower hummus to matcha parfaits, every meal is as healthy as it is Instagrammable.
78 Fifth Avenue.; 212-510-8919 or hukitchen.com
You can take a class here to learn how to make your own gluten-free pizza dough. Or you can just work your way through the stacked pizza menu. Either way, you win.
Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; eatdrinkwild.com
The Little Beet
There’s a reason this place always has a line out the door at lunchtime: delicious, creatively prepared veggies and proteins that always hit the spot. (We also love its sit-down sister restaurant, The Little Beet Table.)
Multiple locations; thelittlebeet.com
Old-school Italian and gluten-free dining may seem like an impossible combination, but this family-style favorite has an allergy-sensitive menu—with an extensive pasta section, naturally—for anyone who asks.
Multiple locations; carminesnyc.com
Nary a molecule of gluten gets onto the premises of Senza Gluten, so feel free to order every last thing off the Italian-inspired brunch, lunch and dinner menus.
206 Sullivan St.; 212-475-7775 or senzaglutennyc.com
Another 100 percent GF spot, Colors specializes in rib-sticking comfort food, with everything from fried chicken to triple-chocolate brownies. (Note: The restaurant is currently in the process of moving to a new LES location, opening later this year.)
178 Stanton St.; 212-777-8443 or colorsrestaurantnyc.com
Longtime gluten abstainers know that Mexican food is usually a friendly option, and this upscale contemporary spot is no exception. Only instead of your standard tacos, you’ll find uni avocado tostadas and duck carnitas.
35 E. 21st St.; 212-913-9659 or cosmenyc.com
This Belgian export specializes in colorful, customizable veggie bowls. It’s brought to you by the same folks behind Le Pain Quotidien—and did we mention it’s also a wine bar?
Multiple locations in Manhattan; lebotaniste.us
Ooey, gooey risotto is naturally gluten-free, so you can take your gluten-lovin’ friends here and we bet they won’t even notice its absence.
309 E. Fifth St.; 646-755-8939 or risotteriamelottinyc.com
Build-your-own bowls with an Indian twist, plus perfectly crispy dosa waffles made from fermented basmati rice and lentils? We think we’re in love.
Multiple locations in Manhattan; indaynyc.com
Launched by a woman with celiac disease, this multi-location juggernaut opened in 2009 and quickly became a favorite among gluten shunners and lovers alike. All your favorite gluten-y food is reimagined without the wheat—so go ahead, order that pastrami sandwich.
Multiple locations in Manhattan; friedmansrestaurant.com