FOOD + DRINK: Gluten Free Below Canal Street (11.8.17)
We’ve been getting a lot of questions from you about where the best [insert food item here] is below Canal Street when you have food allergies or sensitivities. So we wanted to help you out for the next time you’re looking to dine out, or have a friend with an intolerance, allergy or sensitivity, to best navigate the downtown dining scene.
In this blog post, we cover gluten free options beyond the obvious ones (that we still adore) like Dig Inn and Sweetgreens that range from grab & go (or Seamless/Uber Eats) to sit-down situations. Stay tuned for dairy free in an upcoming post!
Grab & Go (casual):
Sun In Bloom - The Church Street location of this raw & vegan spot is meant to be more of a grab & go situation, with hot breakfast (think: tofu scramble, DIY steel cut oatmeal, items, plenty of cold pressed juices, and a slew of gluten free baked goods. Net net, if you’re in need of gluten free, they can hook it up in both their bakery and prepared foods. We love the raw pizza (don’t roll your eyes till you try it), and often grab a bloom burger (with the collard green wrap) to go for an easy lunch. The raw mousse is also one of our go-to splurge snacks.
Magic Mix Juicery - While they specialize in cold press juices and smoothies (the entire shop is GF, and the wicked potion superfood smoothie is our go-to post run treat), we stock up on their indian summer bread (packed with Caraway seeds, ﬂax, sunﬂower, and more) and surprise fries (made from coconut meat..no joke).
Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue - Most of the offerings are gluten free (and meat) so you don’t have to worry too much.
Mulberry & Vine - While a little expensive, we love that there’s plenty of options no matter the food allergy. We usually make a bowl (1 protein 2 veggies) that includes the thai chili noodles, kale & black beans with avocado, and the sesame scallion tofu (it’s addictive).
Wei West - We are HERE for Wei! Whether you dine in before or after a movie in Battery Park, or order them via Seamless, they have an ENTIRE gluten free menu covering both their Japanese and Thai offerings. We love the pad thai when the weather is garbage and your plans feature a Netflix marathon.
By CHLOE. - Opening SO SOON at the Seaport, we are SO excited that nearly ALL of their vegan offerings can be made gluten free. They will change the way you look at salads. And it may or may not be true that we serve our non-gluten free friends the GF chocolate chip cookies and they have yet to notice a difference.
Le Pain Quotidien - We would be remiss if we didn’t mention this chain, since we love to pick up a load of their super seed bread, slice it and keep it in the freezer for whenever we’re craving some avocado toast. It’s super dense and seed filled.
City Acres Market - We mention this grocery slash food hall since they’ve got some dreamy options, including vegan sushi with some solid GF options (Beyond Sushi), a spot for spectacular acai bowls and avocado chocolate pudding (we’re addicted) (JuiceBrothers), as well as a vegan spot that can turn nearly any of their infamous dishes GF (The Cinnamon Snail). By the way, if they’re ever offering any of their GF baked goods (it’s not super often), buy them all! And then call us….
Fields Good Chicken - A solid to-go dinner or lunch option for those looking to keep it hearty but healthy, they have a slew of GF options clearly marked on the menu, including the Christina’s kale salad and plenty of chicken-based bowls.
Kaffe 1668 - This Tribeca coffee shop favorite also has great to-go lunch options, including the ability to swap out any bread for gluten free.
Sit-Down (casual & upscale)
Thalassa - This classic Tribeca greek spot has its own GF menu, featuring a great horiatiki and plenty of grilled fish and meats.
Bluestone Lane - Both FiDi locations of this Australian coffeeshop chain offer excellent flat whites and plenty of gluten free options for when you want a light snack with your coffee.
Keste - While they deliver, these gluten free pizzas (did we mention there’s an entire menu dedicated to them!) are best enjoyed fresh out the oven. There’s plenty of dairy free options too if too if that’s your thing.
Anejo - We love that we can order veggies instead of chips (which are still corn) to go with their 3 types of guacamole (traditional, bacon-goat cheese & spicy pineapple). Go for the blistered shisito peppers, the wild bass with creamed corn polenta, and the chicken “estilo al pastor” tacos.
Tribeca’s Kitchen - Casual and affordable, this diner-esque spot offers gluten free pancakes, gluten free pasta
Bareburger - This popular chain’s beef burger offerings are all gluten free, and you can easily swap out the wheat bun for tapioca rice or hemp milk buns in addition to the lettuce-wrap.
Macao Trading Co. - With a late night menu till 3:30AM on the weekends, we’ve helped closed this place down quite a few times. One of our favorite side dishes is their forbidden black rice. And don’t sleep on the blistered shishito peppers!
Two Hands - This Australian cafe boasts both incredible coffee as well as plenty of GF offerings, including the brassicas bowl and cauliflower couscous. The wait can be a while on the weekends but you can make reservations for seatings later in the day!
Bubby’s - The OG when it comes for comfort food (no matter the time of the day!). We love that all of the breakfast plates can be made gluten free (including the grits!), and the salads are massive.
Felice - This Italian spot offers gluten free pasta by request, which we highly recommend when ordering the linguine cacio e pepe or the fusilli al ferretto.
Did we miss your favorite gluten free dish below Canal Street? Let us know!