One of my best friends moved to New York City over a year ago to work in interior design, so my college roommate and I made a trip up to visit her this past weekend.
It was my first time visiting The Big Apple, so I didn’t quite know what to expect.
What’s beautiful about NYC, aside from the skyline and buzz of energy, is the abundance of gluten-free options. With my Find Me Gluten-Free app in hand, I was able to find something to eat on almost every block as we explored the city. On top of that, the friend I was visiting did her research (love her for it!) before my trip.
Of the many, many options in NYC, we visited a few worth mentioning.
We had dinner at The Counter one evening before we went to see Matilda on Broadway. According to the website, “The Counter is on a mission to challenge the way people think about burgers… We’re about creative construction.”
Customers are given the option to “build-your-own burger” or pick from one of their favorite combinations. I created something amazing made with mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, pesto sauce and a gluten-free bun. The bun was one of the better gluten-free options I’ve had, and the flavors in the burger were on point.
To. Die. For.
I skipped the fries (wasn’t confident about the frier and cross-contamination) and went with a mixed greens side salad. If you’re feeling like avoiding the bun all-together, The Counter offers burgers in a bowl (salad style). They sounded wonderful.
Overall, it was delicious. I loved my experience, and I could tell my gluten eating friends did too.
For our next dining adventure, my friend took us to The Little Beet, a 100% gluten (and guiltin’) free restaurant, on 135 West 50th Street between 6th and 7th Ave. It was right in the heart of the city, which made it a super convenient place to eat while we were poking around. According to the site, “The Little Beet was founded with one simple philosophy: To serve real food deliciously.”
The menu was made entirely from naturally gluten-free options. It was neat to get a true farm-to-table experience in the middle of such a huge city.
At The Little Beet, customers order at the front and pick up their food at the counter (similar to Panera or Chipotle). For those looking for a more full-service dining experience, I recommend visiting its sister restaurant The Little Beet Table on Park Avenue South.
For my meal, I ordered a cardini salad, the monthly special (ie healthy Caesar salad) made with chicken, romaine lettuce, chickpeas, caesar dressing, sunflower seeds and avocado and parmesan cheese.
It seriously did taste like a Caesar salad, only better. The avocado and chickpeas combined to make a creamy, flavorful dressing. I would definitely order it again. I’m actually hungry thinking about it now.
For dessert, I ate the oatmeal cranberry cookie. It was the perfect sweet treat.
Overall, the food was tasty. It felt good eating something healthy and safe while traveling, which isn’t always easy. If you’re looking to reboot from all the greasy food you’ve been eating with a clean meal or just looking for something scrumptious and quick, this is your place!
If you’re planning a trip to NYC anytime soon, never fear. You won’t go hungry. It’s easy to eat gluten-free in New York City. Check out gluten-free-n-y-c.com, glutenfreefollowme.com or glutenfreeglobetrotter.com for more NYC reviews.