By/ Last Modified On September 5, 2023
Visiting the city that never sleeps? You’ll definitely work up an appetite pounding the pavement.
New York is home to nearly 27,000 dining establishments. And we’re happy to report that there are plenty of options for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.
Here are our top picks for gluten-free restaurants in NYC. Whether you’re craving a tasty treat or an Italian feast, we’ve covered all things gluten-free in New York City.
Our Top Picks for Gluten-Free Restaurants in NYC
Looking for the best gluten-free restaurants in NYC? You’re in luck: This is our longest list of restaurant recommendations yet!
In 2022, Bethpage Best of the City awarded Bistango the best gluten-free restaurant in Manhattan. Located at the Kimberly Hotel, this Italian restaurant is known for its cozy indoor dining and covered patio seating. The best part? All menu items can be prepared gluten-free in a totally separate gluten-free kitchen. That’s right: Every type of pasta, pizza, and dessert can be handmade to suit your dietary requirements!
You’ll likely be overwhelmed with the choices offered from brunch to dinner, but we’d say that the wild mushroom tagliatelle (with garlic white wine sauce, pecorino, and shaved truffle) can’t be missed.
Founded on a “100% gluten-free food philosophy,” Little Beet locations can be found across Manhattan. When you dine at any of these establishments, everything can be made gluten-free. While some gluten-containing options are available, the team stresses that strict cross-contamination protocols are followed.
Best known for their personalized bowls (using the freshest seasonal ingredients), choose your base, veggies, protein, and toppings. There’s also a selection of chef-made salads. So when you’re looking for a healthy and flavorful lunch in NYC, you can’t go wrong with Little Beet.
Lilli and Loo
When it comes to gluten-free Chinese food in NYC, Lilli and Loo is our go-to recommendation. The restaurant specializes in pan-Asian cuisine, especially Thai and Chinese fare. While this isn’t a dedicated gluten-free facility, the restaurant has an extensive gluten-free menu and dedicated equipment (like a separate fryer) to make several of its renowned dishes.
When we say this menu is extensive, we mean it: There are starters, soups, salads, sizzling platters, and so much more. We recommend starting with gluten-free spring rolls or dumplings. The crispy General Tso’s chicken is a can’t-miss!
If you have a gluten intolerance but dream of eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant, make a reservation at Claro. This gluten-free establishment focuses on Oaxacan cuisine. The meat and produce are organic, cheese and sausage are made in-house, and the Oaxacan corn is ground on-premises. Diners sitting in the courtyard even get a front-row seat to hand-pressed tortillas and food prepared on the wood-fired comal.
Choose between a three-course brunch menu or a four-course dinner menu. We recommend splurging on the curated mezcal flight to go with your meal.
Traditional Italian cuisine that’s completely gluten-free? Sign us up! Risotteria Melotti specializes in risotto dishes, with 13 varieties on offer. The highlight though is undoubtedly All’Antara, made with duck breast ragu, Grana Padano cheese, and fresh herbs.
If you’re not a rice fan, any risotto dish can be prepared with gluten-free penne or tagliatelle. There are also plenty of other Italian dishes on the menu. Be sure to save room for dessert, as there are nine different gluten-free desserts, including semifreddo (think: a combination of mousse and ice cream).
If you’re vegan or dairy-free, Risotteria Melottie can also cater to your requests.
If you’re looking for a gluten-free brunch in NYC, Friedman’s is the place for you. The flagship Friedman’s opened in Chelsea Market in 2009. One of the owners has celiac disease and was determined to create a gluten-free space. Lots of taste-testing ensued until they perfected the city's best gluten-free pancakes, waffles, and fried chicken.
Everything on the menu is either gluten-free or can be made gluten-free. We agree that the fried chicken and waffles are worth the visit. But if you’re Team Pancakes, the lemon ricotta pancakes are so fluffy, you’d never believe they’re gluten-free.
WILD was born out of the owner’s desire to offer New Yorkers the best gluten-free pizza imaginable. It’s made with organic, gluten-free, and hormone-free ingredients. While the WILD brand has expanded to more flavorful dishes and more locations, it’s still proud to be a natural and 100% gluten-free establishment.
Choose between pizzas, pasta, burgers, salads, and starters for dinner. If you’ve missed chicken parmigiana and mozzarella sticks since giving up gluten, try WILD’s versions: We bet you won’t be disappointed.
WILD also offers a prix-fixe weekend brunch menu. For something uniquely wonderful, opt for the poached truffle white pizza. The crust is topped with mozzarella, ricotta, truffle oil, and two poached eggs with a side of seasonal greens.
Dosa Royale brings South Indian cuisine to the streets of Brooklyn. Their specialty is, of course, dosas. Naturally gluten-free, these thin crepes are prepared with rice and lentil flour. Most of the dosa fillings – like potato and sweet potato masala – are gluten-free, too Dosa Royale also serves an extensive range of curries and kebabs.
It’s important to note that while they use minimal gluten ingredients, Dosa Royale isn’t a dedicated gluten-free facility. Recommend notifying staff of your dietary restrictions upon arrival.
You’ll find Senza Gluten in the heart of Greenwich Village. They opened their doors in 2014 with the goal of giving NYC a completely gluten-free Italian experience. Every classic Italian dish on the menu is prepared gluten-free using traditional techniques.
Many people call it the perfect date night dinner spot and we have to agree. While plenty of delicious dishes are on the menu, the spaghetti with sautéed clams and white wine sauce is on another level. Don’t miss the tiramisu for dessert – it’s made with homemade gluten-free savoiardi biscuits!
Kesté Pizza & Vino
Chef Roberto Caporuscio’s Kesté has won critical acclaim, thanks to his authentic Neapolitan pizza-making skills. New York Magazine even proclaimed that Kesté has the best pizza in New York.
Fortunately, Kesté is also home to the best gluten-free pizza in NYC. For an additional fee, every one of their 19 pizzas can be made gluten-free in a separate kitchen. If you only have the chance to try one pizza, go for the namesake Kesté: The wood-fired crust is topped with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula, pecorino, and basil.
If you’re craving gluten-free ramen in NYC, your best bet is Minca. The staff are well-educated on gluten sensitivity and will advise you on ramen flavors you can enjoy with gluten-free bean noodles. There’s pork, chicken, vegetable, spicy, and miso broth available.
Noglu was started in Paris by Frédérique Jules, a pioneer in gluten-free dining. She brought her Noglu brand to NYC in 2015 and hasn’t looked back. Everything on the menu is 100% gluten-free and offers plenty to choose from.
Pop in for a gluten-free pastry (like a lemon meringue tart or chocolate eclair) or try something more substantial. Of the salads, sandwiches, and other daily offerings items, we think the Croque Monsieur – a gourmet French grilled cheese sandwich with ham – deserves a top mention.
Gluten-Free Bakeries in NYC
Need a sweet treat while exploring NYC? Check out these gluten-free bakeries.
Erin McKenna’s Bakery
Erin McKenna’s Bakery is a kosher, vegan, and gluten-free bakery on the Lower East Side. All baked goods are free of wheat, gluten, dairy, egg, and soy, making this bakery a great NYC stop for people with various allergies and dietary requirements.
The “Greatest Hits” menu includes gluten-free donuts, cupcakes, cake slices, cinnamon rolls, and cookies. The Samoa donut is a clear fan favorite, but we also recommend the agave, chocolate, and cinnamon crumb cake. While the flagship store is in NYC, you’ll be pleased to find bakeries in LA and Orlando.
By the Way Bakery
By the Way Bakery is proud to be an old-fashioned bakery nestled on the Upper East Side, just one block west of the renowned Levain Bakery. Every delicious morsel is gluten-free, dairy-free, certified kosher, and handmade in small batches.
Daily offerings like chocolate chip cookies, fudgy brownies made from Belgian chocolate, award-winning almond cookies, and even lemon layer cake (made with fresh lemon zest and homemade lemon curd) make choosing a favorite treat tricky. Definitely visit By the Way Bakery on an empty stomach!
Sans Bakery is proud to be “sans” (French for “without”) gluten. This 100% gluten-free and vegan bakery operates out of the Falchi Building in Long Island City.
Besides baking what might be the best gluten-free donuts in NYC, other popular items include mini banana bread, cookies, muffins, bars, brownies, and lamingtons. Yep, you can travel to Australia without leaving Long Island City!
Related: Looking for great gluten-free cake but aren’t in New York City? Check out Nothing Bundt Cakes, a delicious range of chocolate chip cakes that ship straight to your door!
Gluten-Free Bagels in NYC
It’s impossible to visit NYC without getting a bagel. Fortunately, gluten-free consumers don’t have to miss out, thanks to these establishments.
Modern Bread & Bagel
On the Modern Bread & Bagel website, you’ll spot this proclamation: “The absolute best gluten-free bagels on the planet.”
The Modern Bread & Bagel team prepares everything on-site and all ingredients are gluten-free and kosher. You can keep things simple and choose a bagel and cream cheese flavor. For something a bit more elaborate, order an open-faced bagel. The menu offers salads, breakfast sandwiches, and even loaded latke tots. Pick up other gluten-free deli items (like bread, pastries, salads, smoked fish, and spreads) and enjoy them on The Great Lawn. It’s just one block west of Central Park!
Tompkins Square Bagels
Tompkins Square Bagels is an option we’d recommend to gluten-sensitive consumers. Their gluten-free bagels are handmade and baked fresh daily. However, since they’re not prepared in a separate kitchen, there’s a risk of cross-contamination.
If that’s not a concern, the number of exceptional gluten-free bagel and cream cheese varieties is a little overwhelming! There are even several tofu cream cheese flavors available for dairy-free consumers. We recommend a gluten-free egg, bacon, and cheese sandwich if you want to go that extra mile.
Go Gluten-Free in New York City and Beyond!
When you’re on holiday, you shouldn’t have to worry about making dinner at home. These gluten-free restaurants in NYC should have you covered from brunch to dinner to a late-night snack!
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