The Best Gluten-Free Restaurants NYC Has to Offer
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. Here, 17 of the best gluten-free restaurants NYC has to offer.
1. 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
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
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
4. 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
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
6. Del Posto
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
7. Hu Kitchen
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
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
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
12. Senza Gluten
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
14. Le Botaniste
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
16. Risotteria Melotti
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