I just spent a week in New York City with my little brother, and got to try some AMAZING Gluten-Free foods. I thought I'd share with you all, just in case any of you are ever in this city :) I would most definitely recommend all of these:
This is the first place we tried. Right when we walked in, we were in heaven!! There were shelves full of Gluten-Free cookies and cakes, as well as pizzas and lettuce wraps. We decided to go for some pizza and cake. Here's what it looked like:
Mmmm!!! Gluten-Free perfection is all I can say about this place. Their GF pepperoni pizza, as well as the GF Alfredo pizza, were both delicious. I also ate a slice of Double Chocolate GF cake, and tried a few bites of my brother's GF Red Velvet Cake. Both were very fluffy and flavorful. I loved the light and tasty frosting. This meal left me feeling full and satisfied but not "stuffed," which is one thing I love about being GF! (My brother ate the regular "glutenous" pizza, shown on the left. He loved it too!)
2. Tu-Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery
The only thing I still really have a hard time "living without" is donuts. I used to LOVE going to Krispy Kreme and getting fresh donuts. I have almost cried several times in the grocery store when walking by the donut isle, because just the smell of those would make me crave one SO BAD! Well, I finally found my perfect GF donuts....and I only had to fly across the U.S. to find them ;) I found them at Tu-Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery, along with some amazing cupcakes, cookies, and mini pumpkin bread loaves. EVERYTHING was delicious....it was truly a gluten-free bakery heaven!
(mmmm... I'll take some more to go, please ;)
3. Bistango Ristorante
My brother and I decided to splurge the last night we were in the city. So we went to Bistango Ristorante in Manhattan. It was a family owned restaurant, and had a very friendly atmosphere. It was not just a restaurant that had gluten-free "options," but the ENTIRE menu had the option of being Gluten-Free!! The owner told me that I did not need to worry about any cross-contamination. He also told me about the GF pasta that they had created with people in Italy, which was corn-based. I couldn't wait to try it, since most GF pastas I've had are rice-based. I ordered the GF Cheese Manicotti, along with the Barbabietola Salad (beets, walnuts, gorgonzola, arugula, and pomegranate dressing). My brother had a chicken dinner with mashed potatoes and veggies. All I can say is WOW! Oh... and did I mention, they brought me out some gluten-free bread!!! I almost cried tears of joy! :)
If you're ever in New York City, DEFINITELY make the time try out these restaurants. You, too, will be in Gluten-Free Heaven! .
Happy Gluten-Free Week!