Hi! I’m Jackie, and I’m the founder of Gluten Free Follow Me, the Guide to Dining Gluten Free in NYC and beyond. I have lived in NYC for over five years, and it’s been so much fun exploring all of the gluten free options (there are a lot!). I detail and rank over 1,000 gluten free friendly eateries in NYC on my website www.glutenfreefollowme.com in addition to 1,000+ other eateries across the United States & globally, products, delivery services, and my own recipes. Below are my favorite 100% gluten-free eateries in NYC which are safe for those with celiac disease, according to the respective eateries:
Senza Gluten – Senza Gluten is one of my all-time favorites for lunch, brunch, and dinner. I’ve had pretty much the entire menu, and they truly have it all! Their French toast, fluffy pancakes, and truffled egg in the hole are my favorite brunch dishes. I always get the vegetarian flatbread pizza for lunch, and I love Chef Jemiko’s lobster tail dinner entree. Lastly, you can’t call it a complete meal without at least a bite of their warm molten chocolate cake! Located in Greenwich Village. Senza Gluten's French toast
Risotteria Melotti – Risotteria Melotti’s menu is based around rice, and I never thought rice could taste so good! Their homemade rice cakes which take the place of a typical bread basket are delicious. You must get the rice arancini (stuffed rice balls filled with tomato sauce & mozzarella) and polenta fries with homemade ketchup and spicy mayo. They serve over a dozen different types of risotto – I urge you to try as many as you can! Located in East Village.
Colors - Colors was first formed by 9/11 survivors and is now run by a nonprofit. Their menu changes seasonally, but thankfully the buttermilk fried chicken with potato puree and spicy honey is always on the menu. It was the first time I had fried chicken in years, and I couldn’t believe it was gluten free. Their desserts change frequently which gives you even more of a reason to keep returning! Located in NoHo.
The Little Beet – The Little Beet has so many delicious veggie sides such as maple roasted acorn squash, golden cauliflower, roasted sweet potatoes, and slow roasted beets. When I first moved to Manhattan five years ago, there only had one location in Times Square but now they have expanded to six locations. Be sure to grab a donut or two on your way out! Located in Flatiron, Midtown East, & Midtown West.
The Little Beet Table - I was so excited when fast casual restaurant The Little Beet expanded to a full service restaurant, The Little Beet Table. Chef Franklin Becker truly knows how to prepare wholesome and healthy food. Becker’s menu contains a wide assortment of vegetables, fish, and meat – it’s hard to hold back from ordering everything! I love the roasted sweet potatoes with smoked sea salt and olive oil. Again, save room for dessert. Located in Flatiron.
Cosme - Cosme serves contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine. Chef Enrique Olvera and his team have done an amazing job creating flavorful dishes that happen to be gluten free. It can be challenging to get a reservation, but it is well worth the wait. One of the most Instagrammed foods this year was Cosme’s husk meringue with corn mousse, and it tastes even better than it looks! I also love the ayocote bean salad with radish and charred cucumber vinaigrette. Located in Flatiron.
Hu Kitchen – Hu Kitchen center is a veggie-oriented fast casual eatery, and I love their mission of getting back to the way humans ate before “industry ruined food.” You feel so clean after eating here. My go-to dishes are the prepared veggies and the carrot cake whoopie pie. Located in Union Square.
Erin McKenna’s Bakery – Erin McKenna has such delicious desserts that you won’t believe that everything is also dairy free, egg free, and soy free. I love her cupcake tops (aka equal amounts of cake and frosting) and unique donuts such as red velvet and Samoa. Located in Lower East Side.
Jennifer’s Way Bakery – Jennifer Esposito created Jennifer’s Way after enduring an overwhelming celiac journey. Everything is made without gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, and peanuts, and tastes amazing. I’m so glad that Jennifer is such a wonderful celiac advocate for all of us! Located in East Village.
By The Way Bakery – By The Way Bakery is an old-fashioned bakery where everything is made by hand and from scratch in small batches. All of their treats are gluten free, dairy free, and kosher. If you like chocolate as much as I do, then you must get “The Schnibbles” which is an over-the-top Devil’s Food chocolate chip mini cake! Located in Upper West Side.
NoGlu– NoGlu opened in 2012 in Paris as the city’s first gluten free restaurant, and I’m so glad that they recently opened their first Manhattan location. They offer many French pastries and cakes, along with a variety of bread, quiches, and salads. Located in Upper East Side.
Carrot cake cupcakes
Tu-Lu’s Gluten Free Bakery – Tu-Lu’s has such delicious mini cupcakes that you want to keep popping ‘em until you try them all! They also offer other baked goods such as brownies, donuts, paninis, muffins, loaves of bread, cookies, and cakes. Located in East Village.
Inday – Inday is a fast casual Indian-inspired eatery where good karma is served daily! I get their “not rice” aka shredded cauliflower “rice” every single time because it’s that good. I also love their dosa waffles made of fermented basmati rice & lentils and topped with your choice of smoked salmon, lemon yogurt, tomato chutney. Don’t leave without trying their pure desserts: avo cocoa and cardamom yogurt. Located in Flatiron.
Jackie Aanonsen McEwan is the Founder of Gluten Free Follow Me, the Guide to Dining Gluten Free in NYC and Beyond. Follow her on social media and check out glutenfreefollowme.com.for more info!