I've been planning a trip to Manhattan, part of which will include a family member with a severe allergy to seafood - all fish and shellfish.
For anyone else who has a seafood allergy, here's what I've found so far in terms of desserts. Since recipes change over time, it's always a good idea to double-check, but this could provide you with tentative planning information.
We print the allergy information on a business card, along with examples of unexpected ingredients that contain seafood (marshmallows, worcestershire sauce) and ask the server to show it to the cook / chef.
That approach usually works great for restaurants, unless we learn that the kitchen is so small that they can't separate cooking locations for seafood and meats. Then we have to find a Plan B place.
But for dessert places, it's easier on the business if we research in advance.
=== Eileen’s Special Cheesecake B--L--D
17 Cleveland Place
b/t Kenmare St & Spring St in Nolita
New York, NY 10012
9am - 9pm weekday, 10am - 7pm weekend
(I've never been here but the pictures show a huge variety and the reviews indicate delicious light and fluffy cheesecake is the norm.)
Message from the business:
"Our cheesecake does not contain anything with traces of seafood or shellfish, as we do not use gelatin in it.
We hope to see you here soon!"
=== Lady M
upper east side location
41 E 78th St
New York, NY 10021
(I went to that location after a day at the Metropolitan Museum. Normal cakes seem so inadequate now after one of their mille crepe cakes... I was planning on the Bryant Park location after a library tour. However, the Library just announced their reading room will be closed for 6 months to investigate falling plaster. So Lady M's 3'rd location in the Plaza Food Hall near Central Park might be the one we visit.)
Lady M B--L--D
Bryant Park location, convenient to the NY Public Library
Mon-Thu 8am - 7pm, Fri -10pm
Sat 11am-10pm, Sun-6pm
36 W 40th St
b/t Avenue Of The Americas & 5th Ave in Midtown West
Message from the business:
"Some of our cakes has gelatin mix in the creme. The following are the cakes that has NO GELATIN / NO MARSHMALLOW mix in it:
– Chocolate Mille Crepes
– Chocolate Banana Mille Crepe (available at the Plaza Food Hall only)
– Chocolate Arc-en-Ciel
– Couronne du Chocolat
– Gateau Fromage
– Gateau Nuage
– Apple Tapestry
– Apple Galette
– Banana Mille Feuille
– Strawberry Mille Feuille
– Flourless Chocolate Cake
– Framboise au Chocolat
– Gateau au Chocolat
– Red Velvet
– Strawberry Shortcake
– Tarte aux Fruits
For more questions or concerns about our products, please feel free to call us at 212-452-2222.
Lady M Customer Service"