I haven’t lived in New York now for 3 1/2 years, and I was also a full-on gluten lover when I lived in the city. So something I’d conveniently forgotten is that NYC is chock full of amazing Italian restaurants. High-end, hole-in-the-wall, and everything in-between. It was rare to make a dinner date and not have at least one Italian joint on the list. Which is probably why I spent two short days (maybe 1 1/2?) in New York, and ate at two Italian restaurants. Both of which, offered up gluten-free pasta. Yes, dark photos but that’s kind of the thing in the NYC. Dark, and awesome. I’m not sure what I mean by that.
Rosemary’s was by far my fave joint for pasta. Where I met my girl, Mel, and we shared a carafe of sparkling wine. And now you know why it was my favorite! We both had the same beef braised pasta with cherry tomatoes, she got the cavatelli because she loves the gluten, and I had the house gluten-free pasta.
Can you even see that? Still, it was amazing. AH-MAY-ZING. I’m going back to that West Village joint.
The next day I totally had to check out Eataly, the craziest Italian Battali place in town. When I used to live in New York I made sure to test out every Batali that opened. I enjoyed most of them, but had no idea the metroplex that man was about to release upon the city. Eataly opened right as I left NYC, and by the time I came back I was all effed up on gluten. So imagine my surprise when I walked in to see this –
Right there in the middle of all that gluten, ya’ll! So, yeah, they did offer up gluten-free pasta on the menu. I ordered the gluten-free version of the braised pork and radicchio from the Manza restaurant and thanks in part to my sparkling wine carafe the night before, I could not finish. Whew! That does NOT settle well. Still, look it!
My lady friends in attendance did, however, chow down and had a lovely lunch. They also picked up some gluten-free saltines for me at the shop on account of how much it looked like I needed that for my plane ride home.
I was stoked, you guys. Stoked. I’m looking forward to going back to New York and seeing what other amazoids gluten-free options are available to me. Feeling confident. Or at least, not totally terrified. That’s awesome, right?
When you’re feeling fancy in NY, try Per Se. They made me an incredible GF tasting menu, including fresh baked GF bread to go with my pate, and GF treats to take home. It was an amazing experience and well worth the $.
That’s my dream restaurant. I can’t believe it’s GF friendly!!!!!
So happy for you…a real treat and joy to just have a moment of lack of vigilance. I hope ny has a trickle down effect that will bring a deluge of gf nightlife into the Midwest. I haven’t had a sit down restaurant experience in half a year! You deserve it and props to the bookage;)
I first want to say thank you for such wonderful work in creating your blog!
I was wondering if you have tried these little known gluten free and paleo products: Miss Paleo Mixes. They have some more information on the website: http://www.misspaleomixes.com
If you’d like to try a sample to review on your blog, we’d be happy to send it! Feel free to email or contact me through my blog (www.relizabethpaleorunner.blogspot.com) if you decide this is something that interests you.
Eataly is where I came across your book about a month ago. I obviously bought it and loved it! G-free at Eataly isn’t too bad either. 😉 Thanks for the entertaining spin on Celiac Disease. I was sure to share my favorite (crap related) excerpts with my non-celiac friends. 🙂
Hahaha! Thanks Beth!
Gluten Free Saltines!? I’m intrigued as to who makes these little gems?
Schar! They are pretty good too.
thank you for these blog, I never had any idea there’s a lot of gluten-free food that looks good. I am always a Torino’s pizza lover and not look at any other foods to have interest with. http://www.torinospizzaoviedo.com/ .
This is a bit late, but next time you’re in NYC, try Risotteria! They have insane risotto. And gluten free bread sticks. And gluten free everything actually. I ate waaay past my capacity and had no regrets.
I know. I must get there!! I always mean to every trip, and it winds up being faster than usual. Thanks!
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