Traveling as a celiac can be stressful. Especially when going to a big city like New York when you are not familiar with it. So many choices to eat, but are they really safe? And if they’re safe, are they any good??
I got the following three messages in the past week.
Funny you should ask. The lovely Mrs. Dude and I just spent the weekend in New York City. Follow our meal plan and I promise you’ll be in gluten-free heaven.
Oh…and one word of advice. Steer clear of Times Square. It’s beyond crowded. It’s over-commercialized. It’s way expensive. The best way to see the city is to walk the streets. Spend a day downtown and spend a day uptown. You’ll be glad you did.
Anyway…back to the food. Here are the three “don’t even think about not eating here” establishments. What they all have in common is the not only is the food amazing, but the owners and workers are beyond passionate. They truly, truly care about offering great food and keeping you safe.
We started off Friday night in paradise….also known as Senza Gluten. I wrote about my previous visit a few weeks ago. This was our second visit here. There are simply no words to describe how much I love the restaurant. Nor how much I love Jemiko (the owner/chef) and Teona (the manager). Passion just oozes out of them. This is not simply a business to them. They created it to be a safe haven for celiacs. And they nailed it. The food, the ambience, the location…it’s all just perfect.
That picture to the right? That WAS my grill swordfish entree. I was too excited when I got my meal that I forgot to take a picture.
Jennifer’s Way Bakery
No trip to the city is complete without a visit to Jennifer’s Way Bakery. This was our first stop Saturday, a nice 1.5 mile walk from where we were staying. And this was after a 5 mile walk along the Hudson River early in the morning. Mrs. Dude and I actually logged over 20 miles over the course of the weekend. We may have eaten a lot, but walked off every dang calorie.
You all know how I feel about Jennifer and her bakery. She’s one of my favorite people and her food is absolute tops on the list when it comes to healthy, gluten-free food. For this visit, I went with the sesame seed bagel (to the right) and a pumpkin muffin. Mrs. Dude went with the quinoa bread. We were happy. Very, very happy!! And don’t forget. Jennifer’s Way now ships anywhere in the U.S. You can order here.
For Saturday’s dinner, we headed over to Colors, a completely gluten-free restaurant on the east side. Two words for you: Crispy Calamari! And here are five more words: Holy crap…soft shelled crab! Seriously, when is the last time you had these two dishes?
And once again, the management and staff could not have been more gracious and anxious to please. They truly cared, not only about the food, but about the experience and about keeping me safe. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
A 2-mile walk back home and we called it an evening.
So there you have it. Heading into New York City? Stay away from the hustle and bustle. Visit these three amazing gluten-free eateries and you’ll be in gluten-free paradise. And just like Mrs. Dude and I, you’ll feel like your ship has come in. Imagine that??