Where to Eat Gluten-Free in NYC
These restaurants and bakeries go against the grain by offering great gluten-free dishes in New York City.
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Gluten-Free in NYC
Dining out can be difficult for those with gluten intolerance. A protein mixture found in wheat and other grains like barley and rye, gluten appears throughout many menus. Beyond bread, pasta and fried foods, it appears in most soy sauces and many marinades and sauces, but can also affect food through cross-contamination in busy kitchens. But several restaurants and bakeries are going above and beyond to offer great gluten-free dining in New York City.
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Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC
Like a Venezuelan Chipotle, this East Village fast-casual joint spotlights one of the South American country's sandwiches of choice, arepas. Composed of flat patties made from corn dough that are somewhat reminiscent of an English muffin, arepas are stuffed with a wide selection of fillings, and they are completely devoid of wheat. Mimicking the arepas of her native Maracay, owner Monica Muzzo offers a vast selection of fillings, such as coconut lamb, lobster salad, chicken, avocado, tomato and watercress. Muzzo offers DIY arepas and cachapas (thicker, pancake-like corn cakes) as well as a number of specialties. Predesigned options range from the Thai with curry shrimp to the Pabellón with shredded beef, black beans, sweet plantains and soft Guayanés cheese — essentially Venezuela's national dish. Some of the finger foods are not GF-friendly, but they're prepared off-site.
The Butcher's Daughter
Named after the Timna Valley in Israel and an ancient Yemeni Incense-Rute city, this modern Israeli restaurant draws influences from all across the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa. A native of Israel with Moroccan heritage, Chef Nir Mesika brings a unique sensibility to his fare, weaving in influences from around the globe. Though his flavors are far-flung, he makes much of the menu in-house, including cheeses, breads, spicy harissa and ice cream. Many of the dishes on the flavorful menu are gluten-free. Although wheat is served on the premises, diners with serious intolerances can request that separate pans be used for the cooking process. Nosh on Mediterranean sashimi, Ceviche a la Shuk, Bedouin chicken and cauliflower that's cooked sous vide, then flash-fried and served with artichokes, dried grapes, puffed lentils and curry-infused yogurt.
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