FOOD & DRINK: Dairy Free Below Canal Street (11.29.17)
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 will cover dairy 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.
Grab & Go (casual):
Takahachi - This Japanese bakery and teahouse located in Tribeca has plenty of dairy free offerings that rotate daily. Just ask, and the helpful staff will help you navigate through it all.
Zucker’s - Thanks to their dairy free tofu cream cheese, we enjoy a everything flats with pastrami smoked salmon nearly every weekend. Let’s call it ‘Bagel Sunday’.
Sun In Bloom - The Church Street location of this raw & vegan spot leverages nut milks and fruits for increadly dairy-free breakfast, lunch and treats offerings that don;t leave you worrying about cross contamination.
Baked - This infamous Tribeca bakery features coconut milk-based chia pudding, breakfast cookies, vegan energy balls, and more. You won’t miss the dairy.
Mulberry & Vine - While a little expensive, we love that there’s plenty of options no matter the food allergy. The sesame scallion tofu, Thai chili noodles, and the dairy free brownie bites offer on-site come highly recommended.
Grandaisy - This tempting bread and pizza shop features some great dairy free flatbread pizzas, like the funghi al taglio or the pomodoro flatbreads. We like to grab a slice and enjoy it in the park across the street.
Nish Nush - This Mediterranean vegetarian restaurant in both Tribeca and FiDi features incredible hummus, but some of the best dairy-free salads below Canal Street. We love the chili kale salad, the avocado salad, and the vegan smoothies, along with the masabacha. Don’t forget to order extra pita; the hummus servings are quite large.
Van Leeuwen - When you're like ice, ice cream is considered a meal (or snack). The vegan options here won't have you missing their dairy counterparts (although they have those, too!) and the ever-rotating flavors go way beyond the traditional (we're currently obsessed with the vegan peanut butter chocolate chip and the vegan caramelized banana nut).
Sit-Down (casual & upscale)
Jungsik - This high-end Korean restaurant features plenty of dairy free dishes, and can easily accommodate most food allergies.
Harry & Ida’s - Don’t let the ‘luncheonette concept fool you. There’s plenty of options that are dairy free (and even vegetarian if that’s your thing). Get adventurous and try the vegetarian chopped liver, but we love the coconut babaganoush & baked tofu, as well as the “famous” pastrami sandwich.
Fuku - If spicy chicken is your thing, this place is your jam. We like the harvest chicken bowl, and usually add a poached egg to it.
Two Hands - This Australian cafe not only coffers off for those with gluten issues, but also features a slew of dairy-free options no matter the meal. In fact, they can do it all, from gluten-free to dairy-free to soy-free to no added sugar. We dig the pickled chili scrambled eggs and the cauliflower
couscous (minus the feta). The wait can be a while on the weekends but you can make reservations for seatings later in the day!
Bareburger - Made for those going Paleo, Whole30, etc., you can easily keep it dairy free when it comes to the plethora of burger, wrap, salad options available. Get adventurous and try a new meat beyond the standard beef patty. They even have the brand new Impossible patty!
Westville - The lunch market plate and nearly any of the salads are our standard go-tos, but, with new veggie-based dishes served up daily, you won’t feel like you’re suffering without the dairy.