So you're coming to NYC, one of the best foodie cities in the East...but you're avoiding gluten. No need to suffer! Here are five Manhattan eateries with dedicated gluten-free menus, and we say they're worth exploring.
154 East 79th Street
Recommended by CBS in a recent roundup of gluten-free restaurants, this swank Upper West Side restaurant's gluten-free menu includes desserts and brunch. Main courses include zucchini pappardelle with spring veggies, nuts, and basil in a cashew cream sauce.
85 10th Avenue
Del Posto, the Relais & Chateaux Chelsea Italian eatery owned by Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Bastianich offers gluten-free versions of its entire pasta menu. Bon appetito! (And take a look at their video series for a behind-the-scenes peek!)
270 Bleecker Street
Every item on the menu at this Italian bakery and restaurant is gluten-free. Try everything from comfort-classic pizzas to high-end saffron risotto or just relax with some cookies. (We hear the “orio cakester” is good.)
Lilli and Loo
792 Lexington Ave.
200 West 57th St.
There are plenty of top-tier Asian restaurants throughout the city (and Chinatown has a treasure trove of hidden gems), but soy and teriyaki sauce are both wheat-based. NYCGo, the city's official tourism site, recommends these sister eateries on the Upper East Side and in Midtown, which offer a separate gluten-free menu that includes rolls, soups, noodles, fried rice and more. (And yes, General Tso's chicken is also available.)
Tu-Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery
338 E. 11th St.
Okay, Magnolia Bakery may be out (sorry), but when dessert time rolls around, head downtown to this East Village bakery that serves "Mallomars," coffee cake, muffins, whoopie pies, brownies and cupcakes in a rotating selection of flavors. Even better: If you're craving some kind of special baked good, contact the restaurant in advance and they'll try to make it happen before your arrival.