Over the years I’ve enjoyed many gluten-free meals as a tourist in New York City. Now I’m adding to the list as a resident! This is a quick list of my favorite places as well as restaurants I know to be gluten friendly.


True Italian restaurant serving gluten-free pasta, stuffed pastas (including Ravioli and Tortellini), pizzas, bread, desserts, and beer. They truly care about the health of their customers and go out of their way to make sure the meal is safe and held to the same high standards as their regular dishes.

415 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 725-8484

Bloom’s Delicatessen

Gluten-free menu with straight up diner food. With gluten-free bread and a dedicated gluten-free fryer hardly anything is off limits for the gluten intolerant. French toast, pancakes, sandwiches, and burgers can all be made gluten free. There are even salads for vegans. See my review here.

350 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10016 
(212) 922-3663


Delicious organic, vegan cuisine that will blow your mind. Just go to one of their 3 locations.

187 9th Ave.
(212) 627-1144

507 Columbus Ave.
Upper West Side
New York City, NY 10024
(212) 875-2600

41-43 Carmine St
West Village
New York City, NY
(646) 438-9939

Blossom du Jour

All-vegan healthy fast food with many gluten-free options to choose from. Gluten-free veggie burgers, burritos, wraps, salads, and desserts. Perfect for a quick bite or takeout. Five locations spread throughout the city. See locations here.

By the Way Bakery

An all gluten-free, dairy-free bakery filled with cookies, muffins, brownies, scones, cakes, and much more. See my review here.

2442 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
(212) 877-0806

1236 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10028
(212) 988-3300

Candle 79

Candle is an organic vegan restaurant with an extensive gluten-free menu. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, or just plain hungry, this organic, farm-fresh, local cuisine will impress you. See my review here.

154 E 79th St
New York, NY 10021
(212) 537-7179

Candle Cafe East

Another delicious Candle location serving delicious organic vegan food with many gluten-free options.

1307 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 472-0970

Candle Cafe West

Another delicious Candle location serving delicious organic vegan food with many gluten-free options. See my review here.

2427 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-8900


The Erin McKenna Bakery – formerly known as Baby Cakes

The Erin McKenna Bakery is a funky little gluten-free, vegan bakery deep in the heart of the Lower East Side that boasts of goodies that are actually good for you.  They use all-natural, organic alternatives that are free from common allergens like wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, and eggs.  While they use sweeteners sparingly, these will not include refined white sugar.  They favor agave nectar and evaporated cane juice. See my review here.

248 Broome Street
New York City, NY 10002
(855) 462-2292

Fred’s NYC

Pub-style atmosphere adorably decorated with framed photographs of patron’s dogs. (I love that the women’s restroom is decorated with cat photos!) Gluten-free burger buns are available as well as many naturally gluten free meals. My favorite gluten-free item is the Black Diamond and Aged Cheddar macaroni and cheese.

476 Amsterdam
New York, NY 10024
(212) 579-3076

Friedmans Restaurant

This hopping brunch, lunch dinner spot at Chelsea Market has a menu marked with items that can be made gluten free. Gluten-free pancakes, toast, sandwiches, and buns provide a lot of flexibility for the gluten-free diner. There are a few vegetarian/vegan options, and they also have cold-pressed juice!

75 Ninth Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 929-7900

Friedmans has expanded to three other locations at Herald’s Square, Columbia, and Hell’s Kitchen. Click here for addresses.

Keste Pizza

I haven’t done an official review of Keste yet, but they serve delicious gluten-free Neapolitan pizza with vegetarian and vegan options. Keste has romantic ambiance, but the wait is often over an hour, which harshes the romantic vibe. When you’re snippy from blood sugar plummeting, the only romantic thing you care about is hearing your name called from the wait list.

271 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-1500

Keste has a sister restaurant in the theater district called Don Antonio that is just as delicious but is more spacious and much easier to get a table.

309 West 50th Street (at 8th Ave.)
New York, NY 10019
(646) 719-1043

Lilli and Loo

Great Chinese food with an extensive gluten-free menu.

792 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(212) 421-7800

Their sister restaurant, Lilli’s 57 is located here:

200 West 57th
New York, NY 10019
(212) 586-5333

The Little Beet

This is a great place to grab a quick, healthy bite on the way to a show. Bowls, rolls, and plates…you decide which healthy meals you want served on them. They also have gluten-free cookies and other baked goods.

135 W. 50th St. (between 6th and 7th)
New York, NY, 10020
(212) 459-2338

See other locations throughout NYC here.


Nizza Restaurant

Nizza has a fabulous gluten-free menu.  If you order the pizza, keep in mind that it has a socca crust…delicious, but very different. Their pasta options are awesome.

630 9th Ave
New York, NY, 10036
(212) 956-1800

Pala Pizza

Pala has perfected the gluten-free pizza crust, and they bake their gluten-free pizzas in a dedicated oven, so you can be certain they are aware of cross-contamination issues. Pizzas can be made vegetarian and vegan with daiya cheese. Appetizers, entrees, and desserts all have gluten-free options. See my review here.

198 Allen St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 614-7252

Peacefood Cafe

Healthy vegan meals, pastries, and desserts, many of which are gluten-free.

460 Amsterdam Avenue
@ 82nd Street
(212) 362-2266

41 East 11th street
@ University Place
(212) 979-2288

Pure Food and Wine – CLOSED

My absolute favorite raw restaurant. Their raw vegan menu of artistically created meals made from organic vegetables, fruit, and herbs will bring you to tears. This oasis in the city provides a variety of seating options from open air dining on the front porch, indoors, to the elegant private back garden. See my review here.

54 Irving Place
New York, NY 10010
(212) 477-1010

Risotteria – CLOSED

Imagine a place where gluten-free breadsticks are placed at every table. Gluten-free pizzas, paninis, risotto, and baked goods abound. Vegetarian and vegan options available. This was one of my all-time favorites. See my review here. Now cry, because they closed.

270 Bleecker Street (between 6th & 7th Aves.)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924 – 6664

Spring Natural Kitchen

Wholesome, unprocessed food made with all natural ingredients. This is my go-to restaurant for brunch, but they serve lunch and dinner as well. The menu designates many vegan and gluten-free options. My favorite gluten-free finds are their banana chocolate chip pancakes and bread.

474 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
(646) 596 – 7434

Original location is Spring Street Natural Kitchen in SoHo


Terri is a vegetarian quick service restaurant with two locations. Grab a juice, a healthy fast food meal, or a sweet treat, and be on your way with nutrition in hand. See my review here.

60 West 23rd street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 647-8810

100 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
(212) 742-7901

Treat House

A specialty shop serving rice crispy treats with multiple flavors and toppings. Most treats are gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free unless otherwise designated. Make sure to confirm which treats are gluten-free. See my review here.

452 Amsterdam Avenue
(between 81st and 82nd Street)

1566 Second Avenue
(between 81st and 82nd Street)

Tulu’s Gluten-Free Bakery

338 East 11th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-2227

New York’s first dedicated Gluten-Free Bakery has cupcakes, cookies, brownies, muffins, paninis, quiche, donuts, granola, bread, crackers… And many are made dairy-free and vegan. Everything is delicious. See my review here.

A Curious Girl in the Gluten-Free World

I'm a curious girl, wife, teacher, fitness fanatic, gluten-free foodie, high-raw vegan, and Mama Cat living in NYC. I've made the transition from baking and cooking gluten-free to creating raw vegan recipes that are naturally gluten free. My gluten intolerance opened up my diet to a whole new world of nutritious plant-based foods. While I'm not 100% vegan, it's my favorite way to eat, and making and sharing raw foods makes me giddy. Living in the City has its joys and challenges, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with you.

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