Friday, January 31, 2014

Restaurants and Gluten Free Labeling Claims

If you like to eat out at restaurants, then this article about "Restaurants and Gluten-Free Labeling Claims" is a must-read.

In a nutshell, the article states that even though the FDA requirements for gluten free food claims are applicable only to packaged foods that fall under FDA labeling requirements, "any use of an FDA-defined food labeling claim (e.g., “fat-free” or “cholesterol-free”) on restaurant menus should be consistent with the regulatory definitions.” This means that any restaurant that makes gluten free claims on its menu should be making sure those food items meet the FDA standard of containing no more than 20 ppm of gluten. There is also a recommendation that anyone who gets sick from gluten after eating at a restaurant that made a gluten free claim, or is served a "gluten free" meal but it actually contained a gluten-containing ingredient, should file a complaint with the FDA. Please read the article for more details.

The author of the article, Tricia Thompson, MS, RD is "an internationally recognized expert on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. A nutrition consultant, researcher, and writer, she has written numerous articles for both scientific and popular readers."

Monday, January 06, 2014

A Perfect Moment in NYC

You know how some moments are so perfect? Is it the place, the person, the food? All the above? Whatever the answer, I do know that I experienced one of those perfectly wonderful moments of my life at the Hampton Chutney Co. in SoHo New York City.

Wandering around the area with a friend, a sign in the restaurant's window caught my eye: Gluten Free Dosas! I don't know if it was the look of excitement on my face, or merely that my friend was hungry and we had a 4 1/2 hour drive home ahead of us, but when he asked me if I wanted to go in, the answer was a resounding "Yes!"

A dosa is an Indian crepe made from rice and lentils that is wrapped around various fillings. We decided to split the #14, which is the seasonal dosa that consists of roasted butternut squash, roasted beets, and goat cheeseIt was delicious. It was the perfect amount for two to share from a single plate. It was the perfect way to cap off two fun days in the city. And I know my friend felt the same way about that moment because when we saw each other again a week later, he declared, unprompted, "That dosa was really good." Hope we get to go back soon!


West Village/Greenwich Village

  • August, 359 Bleecker St. between 10th and Charles St. Tel: 212-929-8727. Pan-European. Seasonal. $$$
  • Barbuto, 775 Washington St. at West 12th St. Tel: 212-924-9700. Italian. New American. $$$
  • Dell'Anima, 38 8th Ave. Tel: 212-366-6633. Italian. $$$
  • Gobo Restaurant, 401 6th Ave. between 8th St. and Waverly Pl. Tel: 212-255-3902. Vegetarian. $$
  • GustOrganics Restaurant and Bar, 519 6th Ave. at 14th Street. Tel: 212-242-5800. GF Menu. Organic. $$
  • Hampton Chutney Co. (SoHo), 68 Prince St. Tel: 212-226-9996. Indian. GF dosas and uttapams. $
  • L'asso, 192 Mott St. at Kenmare. Tel: 212-219-2353. GF pizza. $-$$.
  • Mary’s Fish Camp, 64 Charles St. between 4th and Bleeker St. Tel: 646-486-2185. Seafood. $$$
  • Risotteria, 270 Bleeker St. Located between 6th and 7th Avenues. Tel: 212-924-6664. GFRAP. Italian cuisine with GF bread sticks, pizza, salad, risotto, desserts. Very small, cannot handle large crowds. $$
  • Slice, 535 Hudson St. between Charles St. and Perry St. Tel: 212-929-2920. GF Pizza. $$


East Village/Lower East Side

  • Babycakes NYC Bakery, 248 Broome St. between Orchard and Ludlow. Tel: 855-462-2292. Bakery. GF, DF, Vegan. $
  • Jennifer's Way Bakery, 263 E. 10th St. Tel: 646-682-9501. $$. Everything is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, peanut free, and refined sugar free.
  • L'asso, 107 First Ave. Tel: 212-837-2048. GF pizza. $-$$.
  • Pala, 198 Allen Street at E. Houston. Tel: 212-614-7252. Italian. GF antipast, salad, pizze, pasta, with separate prep area, toppings, ovens, and serving platters and utensils for GF pizzas. 
  • S’MAC, 345 E. 12th Ave. between 1st and 2nd Avenues. Tel: 212-358-7912. GFRAP. Mac-n-Cheese. Take-out, Delivery, Catering. $
  • Tu-Lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery, 338 E 11th St. between 2nd Ave. and 1st Ave. Tel: 212-777-2227. GF Bakery. Lunch. $




  • Friedman’s Lunch, 75 9th Ave. at Chelsea Market at 16th St. Tel: 212-929-7100. GFRAP. Breakfast and brunch. $$
  • Friedman's Lunch, 132 West 31 St. between 6th and 7th Avenues. Tel: 212-971-9400. GFRAP. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. $$


Murray Hill

  • Bistango, 415 3rd Ave. at 29th St. Tel: 212-725-8484. GFRAP. Italian. $$
  • Bloom’s New York Deli and Restaurant, 350 Lexington Ave. at the corner of 40th St. Tel: 212-922-3663. GFRAP. $$
  • S’MAC, 157 East 33rd Street between Lexington and 3rd Aves. Tel: 212-683-3900. GFRAP. Mac-n-Cheese. Dine-in and Takeout. $



  • Don Antonio by Starita, 309 West 50th Street, 646-719-1043. Authentic Neopolitan Pizza. $-$$.
  • Lili’s 57, 200 W. 57th St. at 7th Avenue. Tel: 212-586-5333. GFRAP. Chinese. Japanese. $$
  • Nizza, 630 9th Ave. between 44th and 45th Streets. Tel: 212-956-1800. GFRAP. Italian cuisine with GF pasta and their specialty, Socca, a chickpea flour pizza. $$
  • Oyster Bar, 842 7th Ave. Grand Central Station. Tel: 212-586-6525. Seafood. $$$
  • Rice ‘n’ Beans, 744 9th Ave. between 50th and 51st Streets. Tel: 212-265-4444. Latin American, Brazilian. $$
  • Ruby Foo’s, 1626 Broadway at 49th Street. Tel: 212-489-5600. GF Menu. Asian Fusion. $$$ 

Upper East Side

  • Candle 79, 154 East 79th St. at Lexington Ave. Tel: 212-537-7179. GFRAP. Vegetarian. Vegan. $$$
  • Gobo Restaurant, 1426 Third Ave. at 81st St. Tel: 212-288-4686. Vegetarian. $$
  • Lili and Loo, 792 Lexington Ave. between 61st and 62nd Streets (southern edge of Central Park). Tel: 212-421-7800. GFRAP. Asian, Chinese, and Sushi.  GF lunch specials Monday-Friday. $$
  • Lumi, 963 Lexington Ave. at 70th Street. Tel: 212-570-2235. GFRAP. Mediterranean. Italian. $$$
  • Pip’s Place, 1729-31 1st Ave. between 89th and 90th Sts. Tel: 212-360-6400. Upscale GF Bakery. $$


Upper West Side

  • Nice Matin, 201 West 79th St. at Amsterdam Ave. Tel: 212-873-6423. GFRAP. French. $$
  • Pappardella Cucina Tipica Italiana, 316 Columbus Ave. at 75th St. Tel: 212-595-7996. . GF lunch and dinner menu, including pizza, Panini, and pasta. $$
  • Sambuca, 20 West 72nd St. between Central Park West and Columbus Ave. Tel: 212-787-5656. GFRAP. Italian. $$$


  • Blue Smoke, 116 East 27th St. Tel: 212-447-7733. Pit Barbeque. Southern. GF Menu (and vegetarian). $$$
  • Dos Caminos, 373 Park Ave. South at 27th St. Tel: 212-294-1000. Mexican. $$. Menu does not indicate GF but diners state that the staff is knowledgeable. Other New York City locations include Meatpacking District, SoHo, and 3rd Ave. at East 50th St.
  • Mozzarelli’s, 38 E 23rd St. between Madison and Park. Tel: 212-475-6777. GF pizza and desserts. $


Battery Park

  • Blue Smoke, 255 Versey St. Tel: 212-889-2005. Pit Barbeque. GF Menu (and vegetarian). $$$


Other suggestions:

  • Hale & Hearty, numerous locations. Soups are labeled vegetarian, low fat, and dairy free. Ask to see the back of the card listing the soup to verify if gluten free. $$