explore NYC



Italian food: pasta, bread, desserts

415 Third Ave.

New York, NY 10016

This is a restaurant where I sat down and the first question they asked me was if “I had any food allergies”.  They accommodate nearly ANY food allergy, and their gluten-free ravioli is a must-try.

Hello Pasta

Gluten-free pasta

(3 locations) 125 Maiden Lane, 649 Lexington Ave, 708 3rd Ave.

New York, NY

This quick-service 3-store chain in Manhattan offers a variety of gluten-free pastas and sauces.  Delicious for on-the-go, or a quick meal!

Keste Pizza & Vino 

Gluten-free Pizza . (Mondays and Tuesdays only!)

271 Bleecker St. (Morton)

New York, NY 10014

The infamous Keste Pizza & Vino now serves gluten-free pizza on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Their crust is made from rice flour, and is honestly some of the best GF crust I have EVER had.  The owners’ explanation for the only Mondays and Tuesdays?  Those are the least-busy days, so they have more space to use to have a completely separate cooking area to avoid cross-contamination. 


Gluten-free pizza and desserts.  LOTS of desserts.

38 E. 23rd St. #3 (Madison Square Park)

New York, NY 10010

This is the real deal.  They have a HUGE selection of gluten-free pizza and gluten-free cookies, cheesecakes, and desserts.


Italian: gluten-free pasta

One Fifth Avenue (8th St.)

New York, New York 10003

This is the place to go on a date.  Not only is their ambiance and wine selection (yes, wine is gluten-free) magical, but every pasta is available in a gluten-free variety.  Friendly, charming, romantic, and stomach-friendly!

PIE “by the pound” Pizza

Vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan pizzas.  Gluten-free beers and ciders.  A few select vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free desserts, as well.

124 4th Ave. (between 12th and 13th Street)

New York, NY


This is some of the BEST gluten-free pizza I have ever had in my life.  While most GF pizzas are either too soggy, crumbly, or straight-up cracker-like, Pie achieves the perfect balance of thin crust crisp with a little bit of tenderness.  Toppings were so fresh, tasty, and healthy, that I was able to swim a mile only an hour and a half after almost finishing a personal pie.  Bravo!


Gluten-free pizza, bread, baked goods, desserts, happiness.

270 Bleeker St. (Morton)

New York, NY 10014

I would have to call this the gluten-free MECC A of NYC.  Everything from the bread to the beer at the table is gluten-free.  SUCH a treat.

Slice Perfect Pizza

Gluten-free and vegan pizza.  Gluten-free beer.

535 Hudson Street (between Perry and Charles)

New York, NY 10014

There are many things to admire about Slice Perfect Pizza: namely, their creativity with their menu (hummus and chicken atop a pizza?  Yes, please!), and their ambiance.  While the menu is accommodating to dairy and gluten sensitivities, I did wish the dough for the gluten-free crust was made in-house, as I feel like they could do a bit better than what they presented.  Nevertheless, very tasty and innovative GF pizza with a beautiful setting.

Viva Herbal Pizzeria

Gluten, dairy, and nut-free pizza

179 2nd Ave (between 11th and 12th St.)

New York, NY 10003

East Village

They specialize in healthy pizzas, and have an array of dairy-free, and a daily gluten-free pizza.  Taste-bud approved, and wallet-friendly.




Grass-fed, all-natural, hormone-free, gluten-free burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

514 3rd Avenue (34th St.)

New York, NY 10016

If quality could be the middle name of a restaurant, and if restaurants had middle names, that would be the case with Bareburger.  

Friedman’s Lunch

Gluten-free sandwiches, burgers, pancakes, breakfast items, etc.

Chelsea Market

75 Ninth Ave

New York, NY 10011

DELICIOUS sandwiches, burgers, and breakfast items.  Fun atmosphere– Chelsea Market is a foodie’s heaven!

Manhattan Chili Company

Gluten-, nut-, and dairy-free chili

Grand Central terminal

Lower level dining concourse

New York, NY 10017

Their chili is some of the best I have ever had in my life… and they deliver!

Peacefood Cafe

Vegan, and gluten-free, main dishes, appetizers, smoothies and desserts.  California-fresh.  No refined sugars in anything.

460 Amsterdam Ave. (82nd St.)

New York, NY 10024

Am I ever happy I stumbled upon this place.  They have a full selection of creative gluten and dairy-free dishes, including everything from their “fluffy quinoa” to their “chickpea fries” and, my favorite, their “gluten-free cookie sandwich with mint cream”.  Oh, yes, yes, please!

Spring Street Natural Restaurant

Full-menu American, Asian, fusion, natural cuisine.  All-natural ingredients, full bar, many choices.  Gluten-free and vegetarian options marked on the menu.

62 Spring Street (Lafayette)

New York, NY

This neighborhood staple has been rockin’ it since the 70’s.  Spring Street Natural has a phenomenal selection of gluten-free items to their already-healthy, yet completely fulfilling, menu options.  Everything from the breads to the ketchup is house made, so you know you’re not getting anything processed, and difficult to digest, in there.

Trestle on Tenth

Swiss Brasserie.  Gourmet, artisanal amazingness.

242 10th Avenue (x 24th St.)

New York, NY

Quite honestly, one of the BEST restaurants I have been to in NYC.  While they do not specialize in gluten-free, their menu is extraordinarily allergy-friendly, their servers more than knowledgeable, and their chefs hyper-accommodating.  Recommendation for Gluten Bubble Children: Duck Confit Hash (pictured) for brunch and Dark Chocolate Torte (sinfully delicious GF dessert).



Sticky Rice

Gluten-free noodles, satays, and various Thai dishes.  Special nut-free Pad Thai!

85 Orchard St. (between Broome St. and Grand St.)

New York, NY 10002

Glorious, glorious, glorious.  Sticky Rice not only features all rice pastas, but also makes anything nut-free.  This is SO hard to come by with a Thai restaurant.  Another happy thing?  It’s BYOB.  And if you don’t bring, you can always buy, as they have a stellar happy hour.  Lower East Side gem!


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Babycakes NYC

Gluten- and dairy-free baked goods, ranging from cookies, cupcakes, cake balls, and even donuts!

248 Broome St.

New York, NY 10002

Babycakes NYC is famous for a reason: their selection of all vegan, gluten-free and gluten-sensitive baked goods are out of the world!!  Head on down to the Lower East Side and give yourself a treat.

Bar Suzette

The ONLY gluten-free creperie that I have discovered in Manhattan.  With vegan options.  Waoh wah!

Chelsea Market

75 Ninth Ave

New York, NY 10011

They make their gluten-free crepes with rice and lentil flours, and water.  That’s it!  These crepes are sincerely some of the best and most innovative I have ever had.  And this is coming from a gal who lived in Paris for a year!  Their selection of savory crepes is both innovative and filling (see left), and their sweet are of the more traditional, delectable variety.  For those allergic to nuts, and therefore Nutella, they have plain dark chocolate crepes.  Oh, mon dieu!

Cocoa V

Artisanal chocolates

174 Ninth Ave.

New York, NY 10011

All of their chocolate is gluten-free (with the exception of their “cookies and cream” bar).  They use agave to sweeten some of their truffles.  All baked goods are nut-free.


Gluten-free and buckwheat crepes and Vietnamese Sandwiches.  Vegan options.

147 Front St.

Brooklyn (Dumbo), NY 12001

Just when I thought Bar Suzette in Chelsea Market was the only place in NYC to find gluten-free crepes, I got proven terribly incorrect.  O’Crepes is an amazing, family-owned creperie in Dumbo, Brooklyn (near the Brooklyn Bridge), that specializes in gluten-free and buckwheat crepes.  These crepes are abnormally fluffy, contagiously delicious, and phenomenal both savory and sweet.


Gluten-free buck-eyes and cookies!

390 Metropolitan Ave. (Havemeyer)

Brooklyn, NY 11211

A charming little cupcake place near Momofoku Milk Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  I didn’t even know what a buck-eye was until I walked in, due to the “Gluten-Free Cookies” sign on the door.  Their staff, as well as their products, are so sweet.

Pinisi Bakery 

Vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free baked goods.  Artisanal — all baking done on premises!

128 E. 4th St. (1st Ave.)

New York, NY 10003

This very boutique bakery is hole-in-the-wall gem of the East Village!  All baking is done on premises by the owner, and his apprentices.  While I could NOT eat what you see pictured, as they use a lot of almond/nut ingredients to avoid gluten and sugar, it LOOKS fabulous for those without the Nut Bubble restrictions.  

Three Tarts Bakery + Boutique

Baked goods- chocolates, pastries, delights.

164 Ninth Ave.

New York, NY 10011

Three Tarts is an artisanal bake shop, infamous for their truffles and marshmallows.  They have a large selection of gluten-free options, as well as nut-free treats!

Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery

You guessed it… gluten-free baked goods.

338 East 11th St.

New York, NY 10003

Presentation is one of their strong points at Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free bakery.  They feature an array of gluten-free cupcakes, and some vegan (dairy-free) baked goods, as well.  Personal favorite are the lemon cupcake and chocolate-chip cookie.  I would not recommend their cherry cupcake.  Although it looked adorable!  They use refined sugar in most, but have other agave options.

Victory Garden

Organic, market-fresh, all-natural, gluten-free, lactose-light GOAT’S MILK FROZEN YOGURT.

31 Carmine St.

New York, NY 10014


Victory Garden is the product is a passionate, natural-food enthusiast who has a love for frozen yogurt, market herbs, artisanal candies, and, you guessed it, goat’s milk.  This hidden gem of the West Village houses some of the most tasty frozen yogurt I have ever encountered, with daily flavors changing, well, daily!  The best part for a Bubble Child?  Goat’s milk is substantially lower in lactose, and this stuff is so SO easy to digest.  Enjoy!!


Think your eatery has something to offer to the allergenically challenged and gluten averse?  Feel free to let Bubble Child know

6 responses to “explore NYC

  1. Nicole

    nobreadnyc.com is a guide on how to be gluten free at NYC restaurants- definitely helpful!!

  2. AR

    Wow! Thank You for having this website…my children are allergic to dairy products and many of the restaurants/bakeries you have mentioned will be very close to us! Thanks again!

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  4. I nearly wept in La Risotteria this summer – The bread sticks were so good that after eating half of one I panicked – and put the other half in my bag for later. A silly habit of mine – but when something tastes unexpectedly good, there is part of me that just can’t believe it!! Great list for my next visit to NYC – Mille grazie!! Claudine

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