10 Must-Visit Gluten-Free Restaurants in New York City

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Julia Goicochea

Whether it’s allergies, health concerns, or an appetite for adventure that’s got you going gluten-free, New York’s array of celiac and stomach-friendly restaurants has you covered. The city’s selection of bagels, pizza, and baked goods available to alternative eaters proves an unconventional diet doesn’t have to hold you back. Here, Culture Trip has rounded up 10 favorite local restaurants where you can eat without worry.

1. Erin McKenna’s Bakery

Bakery, Pastelaria, American, Vegan

Erin McKenna’s Bakery is mouthwateringly delicious. It also happens to be 100% gluten-free, vegan, and sans soy. A favorite among tourists and locals alike, the bakery’s cupcakes, donuts, cookie sandwiches, and other photogenic treats allow you to satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your health goals.

2. Rubirosa Ristorante

Restaurant, Italian

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Nothing says “New York” quite like pizza, an old-school local tradition even food fad devotees can’t resist. Boasting one of the most impressive gluten-free menus in town, Manhattan hot spot Rubirosa offers eight signature pies, fresh pasta dishes, and classic Italian sides like arancini and mozzarella sticks, all deliciously designed for sensitive stomachs.

3. Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Restaurant, Chinese

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Although it’s been satisfying dim sum devotees for nearly a century, Nom Wah Tea Parlor’s menu is as modern as ever. Rounding out the restaurant’s selection of Chinatown classics are an array of rice roll variations, beef balls, and even gluten-free soy sauce. Many menu items are available in both traditional and gluten-free varieties, making this legendary local gem an ideal destination for every appetite.

4. Tompkins Square Bagels

Cafe, Pastelaria, Bakery, Dessert Shop, American

Tompkins Square Bagels knows even gluten-free New Yorkers need their bagels. With a menu featuring traditional toppings alongside unconventional add-ons, including bacon-scallion spread, espresso cream cheese, and the Instagram-favorite birthday cake cream cheese, this casual spot is perfect for purists and adventurers alike.

5. Egg Shop

Cafe, Sandwich Shop, Bodega, Restaurant, Contemporary

The humble breakfast sandwich may as well be considered the sixth food group for hungry New Yorkers. Serving up fare as pretty as it is safe to eat, Egg Shop is the gluten-free local’s answer to a bodega bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. This highly Instagrammable eatery’s steak and egg, avo and egg, and DIY breakfast sandwiches are all available on gluten-free English muffins.

6. Brodo

Cafe, Restaurant, American

As a pioneer of the bone broth trend in New York, Brodo makes a serious case for swapping out your P.M. pick-me-up coffee (no mean feat in here in the city)! All of the broths at this trendy eatery, which include gingery beef, classic chicken, and Brodo’s signature hearth broth, are gluten-free and stomach-soothing. Exciting add-ins, like roasted garlic puree, sea flakes, and organic coconut milk allow diners to be creative and play it safe come mealtime.

7. Melt Shop

Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, American

American eatery Melt Shop specializes in recreating favorite childhood meals to accommodate adult diets. Classic grilled cheese sandwiches, cheeseburgers, and club sandwiches all get the gluten-free treatment at this cheese-centric chain, a favorite of the festival circuit and nostalgic eaters everywhere.

8. Tacombi

Restaurant, Mexican

Tacombi’s tacos—made gluten-free thanks to the popular chain’s 100% corn tortillas—come packed with mouthwatering vegetarian, beef, and fresh fish fillings. For allergic eaters (and Northeasterners), traditional Mexican cuisine is more accessible than ever.

9. Taïm

Restaurant, Bar, Middle Eastern

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Any alternative eater knows special diets often rule out much of New York City street food—no hot dogs, bagels, or pizza allowed—but thanks to popular chain Taïm, fast-casual Middle Eastern is back on the menu. Boasting a selection of 100% gluten-free and vegan falafel, Taïm offers diners three flavorful varieties to be enjoyed solo, atop a fresh salad, or alongside Middle Eastern spreads such as baba ganoush and classic hummus.

10. Senza Gluten

Restaurant, Diner, Italian, Gluten-free

The name says it all. Senza Gluten is New York’s first 100% gluten-free traditional Italian eatery. The restaurant, aiming to provide celiac and gluten-averse guests with a stress-free Italian dining experience, offers bruschetta, lasagna, risotto, and more without—or senza–any gluten in sight.

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