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5 nights with coeliac dad - help !


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5 nights with coeliac dad - help !

willowan | Aug 11, 2011 11:42 AM

Hey all

Am travelling to New York (from UK) with my parents for 5 nights in early December as a gift for my mum's 65th birthday. I have been to your fair city many times but neither of them has ever been.

A complication is that my dad has coeliac disease which means that he needs a gluten/wheat free diet.

I am sure that there are tons of places in Manhattan which can accommodate his diet but I would massively appreciate your expert local guidance on the following ( have numbered them for ease of reply ! )

1. Hotels - likely to stay Midtown and was thinking somewhere fairly safe
like the new(ish ) Intercontinental or the ( recently refurbed ? ) Omni in that area. Parents would probably prefer to breakfast in the hotel so wonder
a. Any idea if these places would cater well for my dad ?
b. Any other recs for better hotels or hotels that would be more bespoke ( or indeed friendly and attentive ) in terms of his diet ?
c. Any great midtwon breakfast places that will cater for him if I can get them to venture out for a 'proper' New York breakfast ?

2.Lunch - am I right in assuming that most delis will have gluten free bagels or bread available ?
If not - are there any generally safe options or chains we can look out for ?

3.Touristy places - apologies for this question ( very non Chowhoundish, I know ) but I am obviously going to be taking them to Empire State, Rockefeller, the Met, Bloomingdales, Central Park, possible MOMA etc- any recs in these tourist zones would be very welcome ?

4.Dinner places - what I would love is either places that serve a combo of GF and none GF foods, or GF or vegan places that are so good that my mum will love them anyway. My mum and dad are not adventurous eaters - they will like classic bistro fayre, Italian, maybe Spanish - not really Asian food at all. They both love fish, if that helps any !

They have never been to the US before so anything quintessentially America or New York they will also love. Price range from great bargains to ,say $50 - 60 a head excluding drinks and tip... apart from ......

5.Also, as it is for my mum's 65th is there one place we should not miss whether in terms of view, service, chow or whatever. For example - I have skirted around going to Gramercy Tavern a few times but never been. How would they be on the GF front ? Is it showy or ostentatious service - that would make them feel uncomfortable.

Happy to spend more on a great night if it is good value for money - and if my parents will feekl it was good value and not just super clever or intricate or whatever - they will just think that is pretentious crap.

6.Burgers - sounds daft but I would love to be able to take them to a great burger place despite dad's wheat free needs. Any chance ? Have recently been to 5 napkin and Rare but do not recall any GF options (though to be fair I wasn't looking!).

7.I assume that Shake Shack is a 'no' ?

8.I saw on one post that Blue Smoke has GF options but also have read thatis has gone 'off' somewhat - I went 5 years ago and thought it was okaaay but not great.

9.Finally - drinks !

Are there any great New York Bars for cider ? I usually go for unswanky places ( Jimmy's Corner, Pony Bar for example) but am not sure these would be great choices with my mum and dad in tow. Any ideas ?

What is the Campbell Apartment in Grand Central like ?

Hope you can help with all or any of these questions. Happy to clarify anything that is too vague !

Thanks in advance for your help.

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Blue Smoke
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

Campbell Apartment
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Jimmy's Corner
140 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Pony Bar
637 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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