This will be a quick post on a few great places to eat in New York City! It is by no means comprehensive, but covers a few places we ate and enjoyed and were allergy friendly! My husband and son did eat a few places that were not allergy friendly, but they gave great reviews for, so I will share those as well!
Erin McKenna’s Bakery
To start with, I can’t visit NYC or Orlando for that matter without going to my favorite Gluten Free, vegan cupcake shop. Erin McKenna’s Bakery aka Babycakes NYC. She makes the most fabulous “normal” cupcakes I have ever come across! Her bakery boasts other great baked goods as well, like donuts and cookies! Yummy!
We also love to eat at Bareburger! Their all natural, GMO free, organic menu boasts a variety of sauces to complement the all american burger, fries and onion rings. We have eaten here several times and I’ve always had a great experience. The staff is knowledgeable, the food and sauces are amazing and the choices are quite broad. The best part about this place, even my non-allergy foodies enjoy it too! It’s a win win and the locations are rapidly growing, even outside NYC! We’ve visited a few locations, the location shown below is on 8th Avenue in NYC. (They also have a location in Hoboken, NJ)
The Hard Rock Cafe
We also ate at The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. In my opinion it’s nothing fancy but it will do in a bind. They do have a gluten free menu and dedicated fryers. So I did enjoy a safe burger and fries on a very late night after the theater! And because it’s a chain, you can rely on finding one in most big cities.
We all love our foo-fie coffee drinks especially while were on vacation. At home it is not my favorite coffee shop. I prefer to support the local companies and especially the ones that have almond milk as a dairy alternative. While traveling it is much harder to find that local, safe coffee shop so I go with Starbucks. I can use soy milk as a diary alternative and they tend to have a variety of allergy friendly snacks that I can pick up (and hoard) in my bag for a hungry desperate moment later! We visited quite a few different locations of Starbucks while we were in NYC, but the Times Square location had the best sign! Marquee style with a lot of lights to maintain that Times Square signature look!
Carlos Bake Shop- aka Cake Boss – Hoboken, NJ
Carlos Bake Shop is NOT allergy freindly, but my son really enjoyed their eclairs and cupcakes! I personally think their are better cupcakes out there, but sometimes the notoriet wins out! You can visit Hoboken and Carlos by taking the PATH train out of the 34th station or the World Trade Center station to the Hoboken Station. Enjoy!
Matt & Mira
Matt and Mira is also located in Hoboken on Washington Street (the main drag). And all I really need to say is: I LOVED their food! I’ll elaborate a little, just for your sake, but seriously, go eat there! It is an Indian fusion restaurant that gets it totally right! I ate their Chicken Tikka Dosa (which is a naturally gluten free rice and lentil crepe with various fillings). It was large, had incredible flavor and was very filling. In fact, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
On the not allergy front, my company enjoyed the Naan Pizza and raved about the Naanachos!
Bonus: They have an outdoor patio and BYOB!
Sorry, I forgot to take a picture. I was too hungry and too excited when my plate arrived!
Sabores – Hoboken is definitely worth a visit! Upon arrival you MUST order their sangria! Keep in mind that it is BYOB, so you will need to bring your own wine. They will cork it and mix the sangria and deliver the pitcher to your table and it is to die for! I don’t know what the mix is, someone please tell me, but it is like nothing I’ve ever had!
The staff is amazing, warm, friendly, attentive and helpful and the food is quite good. I am typically limed to fajitas (with corn tortillas, although I typically go with no tortillas) at Mexican restaurants and this was not any different, but they were great fajitas so I will not complain. I have no idea what any one else ordered, I was too busy drinking my sangria, but I do know that they all enjoyed their meals! It is my sister and brother in laws favorite restaurant, who live in Hoboken, they frequent it often.
We visited Artichoke Pizza near the Chelsea Meat Market and High Line Canal. They do not have a gluten free menu so pizza was off limits to me. My husband and son enjoyed a large (like a quarter of the pizza) slice of artichoke pizza that looked simply amazing and they quickly sang their praises. I on the other had opted for a box salad complete with mixed greens, artichokes, red onions, olives, tomatoes and house dressing. I held the mozzarella cheese because I also have a dairy allergy. The salad was “all right” but it really didn’t do much for me. With the added cheese and a slice of artichoke pizza, it might have been just fine!
While wandering the High Line Park on an excruciatingly hot day I opted for a Peoples Pop and was pleasantly surprised by it’s refreshing yummyness! These pops are handmade in Brooklyn using only the best and freshest local ingredients from local green markets. The flavors are seasonally inspired and the combinations are delicious!
The Industry Kitchen is an open air restaurant located in South Street Seaport, nestled under the raised freeway and next to the East River with stunning views of Brooklyn. The atmosphere is amazing, and the food is even better! They do not have a gluten free menu (although rumor is they are creating one) however the staff still created and delivered an exceptional meal! My particular waitress was more than knowledgeable about food allergies and took it very personally to ensure I had not only a safe meal but one that was worth writing about as well!
Ace Perry Cider was also on the menu. A gluten free hard cider that in my opinion blows Angry Orchard out of the water!
Check out Industry Kitchen‘s website to see the restaurant, it’s incredible views and fabulous decor!
Past Eats (pre-allergy)
On previous trips to NYC we’ve enjoyed numerous blog worthy meals. Unfortunately (or fortunately) my food allergies have only been diagnosed within the last several years. So I can recommend some great restaurants but I am unsure of their allergy friendliness. Of course, we can always look them up online, but first hand knowledge is always better than a “gf” marking on a webpage!
The Central Park Boat House – Central Park
Rock Center Cafe – Rockefeller In the summer you can request a table on the ice skating rink turned patio.
I will continue to update as I think of more!
The Shake Shack – highly recommend, rapidly growing in locations, yet some how I haven’t tried it!
Share your recommendations to be posted here!
Not Allergy Friendly Eats and Notes
Freedom Tower does not have allergy friendly options, short of fruit or a hot dog sans bun. I did not eat at the sit down restaurant, so I can not speak on that, but the quick service food was not allergy friendly.
World Trade Center Memorial Museum Cafe – no allergy friendly options. Well, you can have a bag of chips!
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I love visiting New York and have reviewed many restaurants during my trips there. In my opinion, it’s one of the best places to travel if you’re gluten free. I also want to try Shake Shack next time! Thanks for all the suggestions!
Thanks for reading! It can be so hard to eat safely while traveling! I hope this helps you find some great new options when you are out of town! I will post on Las Vegas restaurants soon!