Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Favorite Gluten Free Restaurants in NYC and The Hamptons 2014

by Ansley Lester










These are Ansley's favorite gluten-free restaurants in NYC and The Hamptons in 2014...

Risotteria  (Gluten Free Menu)
270 Bleecker Street
(212) 924-6664
The breadsticks are amazing! With a cheese tasting party planned, I didn’t know what to do about bread. I stopped by Risotteria and got a dozen  for $18, a little price--but the breadsticks are very long. I sliced them in half and had 12 for the party and then froze the other half. They freeze easily and are great heated up.

Lili and Loo  (Gluten Free Menu)
792 Lexington Avenue
(212) 421-7800
Chinese delivery when I am on the UES. They label everything GF on the packaging and it always satisfies my cravings for Chinese food.

Jennifer’s Way (Gluten Free Menu)
263 E 10th Street
(646) 682-9501
This place is great! EVERYTHING is Gluten Free and many things are Vegan. I am not Vegan, but my boyfriend’s father is on a no egg/dairy free diet and this was our go-to for his birthday sweet! I have taken many of my friend’s here and later tell them that everything is GF/DF and they are so surprised! My favorite things are the Sea Salt bagels and chocolate cupcakes. Both happen to be Vegan too!

Chipotle (Gluten Free Friendly)
Many Locations
My go-to fast food restaurant! I get them to change their gloves before preparing my food. It is so satisfying and filling. Usually, I request that they to change gloves "because we are allergic to wheat". To see the list of allergens, go to the Chipotle: Special Diet Information.


Dana’s Bakery (Gluten Free Menu)
800-477-1816
For Valentine’s Day, I got the Valentine’s Day themed macarons. They were so cute and were a huge hit with my boyfriend whom grew up in Paris.  I think that says it all!  They are a perfect gift for anyone gluten free or not. Call or visit online to order.

Wei West (Gluten Free Menu)
235 Murray Street
212-789-1300
So many options! There is a gluten free menu and non-gluten free menu. I was so excited about Tangerine Beef and General Tso Chicken. Delivery was so quick and delicious! This is one of my top delivery places.


Most of the time I am with people that are not gluten free. Because of this, I am always going to restaurants that don’t necessarily have GF menu, but are accommodating to me. Here are my favorites:

Tacombi at Fonda Nolita (Gluten Free Friendly)
267 Elizabeth Street
I love this place for the cheap good food and fun atmosphere. They do not have a GF menu, but they can tell you everything on the menu that is GF. I had no problems enjoying chips and guacamole, and tacos.

Café Sage  (Gluten Free Friendly)
108 John Street
(212) 925-7440
Does not have a Gluten Free menu, but is very knowledgeable about GF allergy and helps me choose naturally GF options or options that can be GF. My favorite is the Green Curry with white rice or Drunken noodles.

Cowgirl Seahorse (Gluten Free Friendly)
259 Front Street
(212) 608-7873
This is a place I visit a lot because of location and casual atmosphere. I started going here when I was not gluten free and loved it. When I became GF I was scared that I was not going to be able to enjoy one of my favorite restaurants. I was SO wrong! They were so nice and went through the menu with me to help me figure out what I can have. It is hard to find restaurants that accommodates allergies and inexpensive. I am super impressed! My favorite things are the grilled chicken wings and nachos!

Barbalu (Gluten Free Friendly/ Gluten Free pasta)
225-227 Front Street
646-918-6565
Went here with a bunch of people---no one was gluten free. The owners are from Italy and take great pride in having gluten free options. They have gluten free pasta that you can substitute in for any dish. It was so great!! All my non-GF friends loved their food. My favorite thing was the eggplant and mozzarella appetizer (natural gluten free).

Hearth  (Gluten Free Friendly)
403 E12th St.
(646) 602-1300
This was the first restaurant I went to when I became completely gluten free. I was so nervous, but my fears were quickly dissolved after my phone call with the hostess. One of the chefs spoke with me over the phone before my reservation going through everything that was GF or could be GF. It was beyond accommodating. Once there the waitress also was knowledgeable and was happy to help in any way. Coming with a party of ten, I was nervous that my allergy would be overlooked and I would get sick. This was not the case!

Antonucci’s  (Gluten Free Friendly/ Gluten Free Pasta)
170 E. 81st Street
212-570-5100
My parent’s favorite Italian spot on the UES--Very traditional dishes with naturally gluten free options and gluten free pasta substitute for pasta dishes. My favorite thing is a seasonal salad. Can’t wait for summer to be here to eat the corn, avocado salad.  Beware of the breadbasket it is so tempting. I usually bring my own bread so that I can dip it in the marinara sauce with cheese. 

The Hamptons

Townline BBQ (Gluten Free Friendly)
I love BBQ and this is perfect place to fill that craving. My boyfriend use to work here, so I know all the ingredients that goes into everything and how it is prepared. The wings are gluten free and are fried in their own fryer. The smoked salmon and chicken are juicy and perfectly prepared.  The brisket is gluten free and dairy free.  They also have free popcorn to snack on while waiting for your food. All the pulled meat I would stay away from because the sauce might contain gluten!

Fresh Hamptons (Gluten Free Friendly)
203 Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton
(631) 537-4700
Everything comes a la carte and everything is made with simple  ingredients. I love this place for that sole reason. You are able to choose that way you would like your meat, fish and veggies prepared.

Bay Burger (Gluten Free Friendly, Gluten Free Fries and Hamburger Buns)
1742 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike
They have gluten free buns and fries. Not the best bun I have ever had, but ask them to heat it in the microwave and then put it on the grill—this helps tremendously

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