Sometimes eating out with a gluten intolerance can be fairly bleak. Corn tacos…again? Watching your friends lick their fingers after devouring a whole Margherita or ganache-filled cupcake is rough. Good news is, if you live in New York, or are planning on visiting anytime soon, eating baked goods and stuffing your face with a slice of cheese is completely doable, especially if you’re gluten-free. Not only has the wave of bakeries and pizza joints feeding the wheat intolerant and diet-conscious become significantly better in the last few years, there are more options than ever. Below, a list of New York’s finest gluten-free pizza joints and bakeries (from a gluten-free New Yorker who knows).
Hands down the best gluten-free Neapolitan-style pizza this wheat-intolerant writer has ever had. Sadly, the Williamsburg location recently closed, but indulge in these heavenly pies with flawless crusts at its West Village or FiDi pie shops.
Our Recommendation: The Pistacchio e Salsiccia Pizza
Formerly known as Babycakes, Erin McKenna’s Bakery is a wheat flour-less pillar of the Lower East Side. With a menu proffering dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free and agave sweetened treats, there’s a little something for everyone.
Our Recommendation: Jelly Donut
Not only is this cozy Matthew Kenney joint gluten-free, it’s also vegan. Truly the place for dinner when eating with every high maintenance, food allergy-ridden friend you may have.
Our Recommendation: Creamy Artichoke Pizza
Feel left out on the Sabbath no longer. This gluten-and-dairy-free establishment makes a GF challah bread that is truly soft, fluffy, and most importantly, buttery.
Our Recommendation: The Madeleines
Sans gluten, but not sans flavor. This Long Island City bakery offers a mouthwatering variety of flavored breads, cakes, brownies, muffins, etc. The bread is flawless and consistently good, which as any gluten-free person knows is like finding a unicorn.
Our Recommendation: Vegan Sandwich Bread
It’s not often you find a bakery with gluten-free pies, let alone vegan and gluten-free pies. But this kitschy Brooklyn mainstay takes the cake, er, pie.
Our Recommendation: Sweet Potato Pie (with gluten-free crust)
Offering muffins, cupcakes, paninis, TuLu’s is a Manhattan go-to for GF urban dwellers. You come here for the custom made-to-order cakes, which as any gluten-free, baked goods lover knows is very hard to come by.
Our Recommendation: Red Velvet Cupcake
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Not a bakery or a pizzeria, but you won’t find gluten-free focaccia this authentic elsewhere. Hearty and bursting with flavor, the sandwiches at Court Street Grocer are beyond. Choose any sandwich you like and have it on fresh gluten-free bread.
Our Recommendation: Macho Woman (on gluten-free focaccia
Generally one pops into Two Boots for a quick slice when one may be a bit tipsy. This New York institution doesn’t do gluten-free by the slice, but whole pies are made-to-order and perfect for a group riddled with dietary restrictions.
Our Recommendation: The Super Newman
Truthfully, there aren’t many gluten-free options here, but what they do have is to die for. See below.
Our Recommendation: Double Chocolate-Chip cookie
If traditional upscale Neapolitan pizza is what you’re looking for, this place will not let you down. Among a plethora of other gluten-free menu items, Rossapomadoro’s pizzas all about simple ingredients and bold flavors.
Our Recommendation: The Tartufella
Gluten-free bagels are almost impossible to come by, and when you do, they’re generally very hard, very dense, too small and lacking flavor. This Astoria wunderkind has hit a sweet spot, serving up a light and fluffy bagel big enough to hold any one of its multiple flavors of cream cheese.
Our Recommendation: Gluten-Free Everything Bagel with Bacon Scallion Cream Cheese
Offering an entire menu void of gluten, Senza Gluten creates a stress-free dining experience for those with gluten issues. The tiramisu is delicious, but the pizzas on the lunch menu are the big winners here.
Our Recommendation: Flatbread Pizza Bianche
This upscale French bakery, with locations actually in France, hosts a menu of flavored tartes, Parisian pastries, and even strawberry cream cake. The entire restaurant is gluten-free and they even have a cookbook.
Our Recommendation: Chocolate Eclair
Pre-theater, order either the pesto pasta or one of the thin chickpea crust pizzas.
Our Recommendation: The Muffalata (If you’ve been missing out on muffalettas because New York City is seriously lacking in delis with gluten-free bread, your prayers have been answered.)
Anyone who loves baked goods, knows you come here for the GF Birthday Cake truffles and corn cookie. Enough said.
Our Recommendation: The Gluten-Free Birthday Cake
Anyone in New York with a sweet tooth knows Schmackary’s has the best classic chocolate chip cookie in the city. But gluten-free peeps come here for the variety of odd cookie flavors like Matcha Green Tea or seasonal favorites like Eggnog. If you’re into icing on your oversized cookie, Schmackary’s is for you.
Our Recommendation: The Monster
I know, I know, I can see your jaw dropping from here. It’s a chain, but hear me out! I randomly popped in one evening before Shakespeare in the Park out of necessity, and had one of the best fast-food, gluten-free pizzas, like, ever. You’ll want to do take out, but if you’re looking for one of the only gluten-free deep dish pizza places that exists, Uno’s is it.
Our Recommendation: Pepperoni Deep Dish
Generally, byChloe is known for its vegan-friendly fast-food and soft serve, but there’s a hidden gem in the sweets bakery case. See below.
Our Recommendation: The Chocolate Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting
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