Sunday, September 8, 2019

Gluten Free in New York City - Fast Casual Restaurants, Bakeries & Gelaterias

Over Christmas Break, we spent nine nights in New York City, my favorite city in the United States for gluten free dining. You can read my sit down restaurant reviews here.

One of my favorite meals of the trip was brunch at Noglu, a 100% gluten free French bakery with locations in New York City and Paris.

I highly recommend the canele, which I ate several times over Christmas Break. They are so buttery and delicious.

On Saturdays and Sundays, Noglu serves brunch from 10am to 3pm. Go early, because seating is limited.

Their pancakes with berry compote were delicious, but their blueberry crepes might be the best crepes I have ever had.

We all thought their raspberry crepes were amazing too. I asked for our chocolate sauce to be served on the side, and I am glad I did, because we ate very little of it. My daughters and I will definitely be visiting Noglu again when we are in New York City next summer. I make really good crepes, but Noglu's are definitely better.

At brunch, we also tried a chocolate eclair and an apple tart. Everything was delicious, but all I wanted was more of those incredible crepes. I did buy Noglu's cookbook when we got home, just so I could see their crepe recipe.

We also stopped at Noglu for lunch after visiting Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the New York Historical Society.

I had a spinach and feta quiche, a canele, and a pear tart, which I really enjoyed.

My family had sandwiches and a chocolate fondant.

Noglu did have a nice selection of dairy free baked goods for my aunt and uncle, who avoid dairy.

Noglu also has a kiosk in Grand Central Market in Grand Central Terminal, which was convenient for us after Christmas, because the first hotel we stayed at was just a few blocks away.

I highly recommend Noglu's raspberry and blueberry muffins, which are both dairy free.

We also stopped at Senza Gluten Cafe & Bakery, which is down the street from their 100% gluten free restaurant.

My gluten-eating family had already eaten breakfast, but I wanted to pick up something to go.

I bought a blueberry muffin, but it was pretty cold by the time I ate it at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in New York City, because of how long it took us to walk there on a chilly winter day.

It was good, but I much preferred the muffins I had from Noglu.

I hope to sit down and have a meal at Senza Gluten Cafe & Bakery the next time we are in town. Sadly, it is not super convenient to where we stay when we are in New York City.

I did order a blueberry raspberry smoothie, which was one of the best smoothies I have ever had.

We visited Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC before our tour at the Tenement Museum. All of their baked goods are gluten free, vegan, and kosher.

I have always been a fan of the toasties at the Erin McKenna's Bakery in Disney Springs in Orlando, so I bought a slice of their delicious cran-apple toastie. 

I ate it at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, which we visited twice during out trip.

This was my first visit to a Starbucks Reserve Roastery, and I was blown away by how huge it was, and that they had so many food and drink options.

Sadly, safe gluten free options were scarce, but I did have some of the best coffee I have ever had in the United States. On both visits, I ordered a cafe latte made with decaf Costa Rica Hacienda Alsacia, one of their Starbucks Reserve coffees.

The menu described the flavor profile as sparkling acidity balanced by citrus and milk chocolate flavors. That is definitely right up my alley.

While we were in New York City, we visited the GROM at Columbus Circle. This location is now 100% gluten free, but I am not sure if this is the case at their other NYC shops, so be sure to ask before you order.

I was excited that the Columbus Circle GROM now has gluten free cones like their gelaterias in Italy. I was told that they made the change last summer.

On our first visit, I had panettone and candied chestnut gelato.

The second time we stopped in, I had panettone gelato and Crema di Grom, which is pastry cream gelato with corn biscuits and chocolate chips.

On our last visit to GROM, I had panettone, tiramisu, and Crema di Grom. I enjoyed all the gelato flavors I tried over Christmas Break, but the panettone might have been my favorite.

I highly recommend GROM's biscotti. Sadly, they were out of my favorite dark chocolate biscotti every time we stopped in over Christmas Break.

It was so cold when we were in New York, I should have tried their hot chocolate, which I have heard it amazing.

The Little Beet is my favorite 100% gluten free fast casual restaurant in New York City. I also high recommend The Little Beet Table, their sit down restaurant with locations in New York City and Chicago.

Thankfully, The Little Beet has a restaurant just a few blocks away from the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, where we stayed the last five nights of our trip. They also have several other locations in New York City.

The food at The Little Beet is delicious, and very reasonably priced. Everyone in my family loves to build their own bowls. You get to pick a protein, base, two veggies, garnish, and a sauce.

My husband does not eat potatoes anymore, but my daughters and I never pass up their amazing sweet potatoes.

Pictured above is my bowl with chicken, brown rice, sweet potatoes, shaved Brussels sprouts with Parmesan, pickled onion, and sweet chili garlic sauce. I ate at The Little Beet four times over Christmas Break, and this was my favorite meal.

The Little Beet carries gluten free baked goods from Sans Bakery, a local 100% gluten free bakery.

We love their classic brownies, but have not tried their chocolate chips cookies, vegan zucchini bread, or vegan banana bread.

The brownies are so good, we order them on every visit, and I bought a few to take home before we left New York City. 

The second time we stopped in, I decided to try the Butternut Soup Bowl.

I really enjoyed the butternut squash soup poured over brown rice, roasted kale, cranberries, chickpeas, kaffir lime chicken, chimichurri sauce, and super seed mix. 

Another day for lunch, we shared two build your own bowls, a side of sweet potatoes, and a brownie. My daughters ordered a bowl with salmon, brown rice, double sweet potatoes, and avocado bean dip on the side.

My husband chose salmon, brown rice, cauliflower, shaved Brussels (my favorite part), and avocado bean dip.

Seriously, The Little Beet makes the best sweet potatoes ever! I love their crunchy skins.

The Little Beet does offer bowls and sandwiches for breakfast, but I arrived after 10:30 the one morning I stopped in, so I could not order a hot breakfast. Thankfully, I was able to buy yogurt and granola, and a cinnamon sugar donut. The donut and yogurt were good, but I wish the yogurt would have been a little sweeter.

Before we headed to the airport to fly home, I had a bowl with kaffir lime chicken, brown rice, shaved Brussels sprouts with Pecorino, sweet potatoes, pickled onions, and avocado bean dip. I should have ordered the sweet chili garlic sauce instead of the avocado bean dip. It is spicy, but adds so much flavor.

Early in the trip, we stopped at Inday, a 100% gluten free fast casual restaurant near the Flatiron Building.

You can check out their website to see all three of their locations in New York City.

We decided to build our own bowls. You get to pick a protein, three grains and veggies, two garnishes, and a sauce and crunches (crispy shallots, coconut crack, lentil crisps, or veggie crisps).

Inday has a lot of dairy free, vegan, and vegetarian options to choose from.

Overall, I prefer The Little Beet, but I did enjoy my bowl at Inday.

I chose curry chicken, sweet potatoes, basmati rice, slaw, watermelon radish, pomegranate, and crispy shallots. The sweet chili sauce was so good, but spicy.

I was surprised when my daughters chose baked falafel for their protein, which they did not love. Other protein options on the day we visited were grilled chicken, turkey meatballs, grilled salmon, slow braised lamb, and curry tofu.

Before we went to Inday, we visited Eataly NYC Flatiron. We have also visited Eataly stores in Chicago and Florence, because we love Italian food.

There were a lot of gluten free products around the store, including Garofalo casarecce pasta and Caffarel chocolates, which we really enjoy.

I do a lot of research before we travel. For this trip, my best resource was a Gluten-Free Globetrotter post called Dedicated Gluten-Free in New York City. I also follow a lot of gluten free New York City and travel bloggers on Instagram, and I use the Find Me Gluten Free app. My friend Amanda has some great New York City reviews on her blog The Gluten & Dairy-Free Review Blog.

Next summer, I am excited to visit Modern Bread and Bagel, which opened shortly after our Christmas Break trip. I can't wait to try New York-style bagels in New York City!

What are your favorite places in New York City for gluten free dining?


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