Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gluten Free Visit to the Upper West Side with your Family(children)

My Top Two:
Serafina(there are six more around the City) 2178 Broadway at 77th Street
Gluten free pasta with many choices of toppings 
great for kids-nice but loud enough that your kids will feel comfortable
Outdoor seating
Upper West Side Serafina Website
Cafe 82, Diner style place  GREAT GF Brunch (212) 875-8373
82nd street at 2282 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
Delightful GF waffles pancakes french fries sandwiches pasta
and most deli foods, this locals diner is a haven gof Gf eaters!
Cafe 82 website, GF menu not here but it is extensive

also good choices... see more recent post for links
Nice Matin
5 Napkin Burger
Cesca(Call to check gf pasta first)(fancy and quieter..)
Shake Shack
Nearby vacation activities:
  • Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
  • Lots of people watching, pull up a bench and relax all over the west side(free!)
  • Children's Museum
  • Riverside Park-Walk Run Scooter Roller Blade or Bike, playgrounds, dog runs, basketball courts, (lovely view of Hudson River you can grab a drink at the boat basin beer garden-79th/River)   Bar by the Pier at 70th also. Sunset is a real treat.
  • You can motor or Sail on your boat to this park.     79th street boat basin Brochure
  • Central Park(loads of things to do here too)
  • Steps on Broadway(drop in dance classes)
  • Soul cycle(drop in spin)
  • Master Bike Shop-Bicycle Rentals
  • Sunday Flea Market 77/Columbus
  • JCC offers craft and cultural class                     Upper West Side JCC link to activities
Stores with GF options nearby

Fun/Unusual local stores

  • Knitty City hang out and knit with UWS locals
  • Yarn Company trendy yarn store
  • Town Shop(local Bra store) custom fittings
  • Westsider Records(real albums)

Welcome to Gluten Free in NYC and other places

This is my "guide: for the Gluten Free Visitor-mostly for NY City where my family lives, but also to the cities I visit.

Who am I?
  • Gluten Free-I never cheat- it really hurts me.
  • Long time resident of Manhattan(1984)Upper West Sider(1988)
  • Mother and Sister and Daughter of gluten free eaters....
  • Crafter(knitter, quilter, and lots of fibery goodness)
  • Worker(desk job, happily in a great GF neighborhood)
  • Shopper(mostly for food and crafty things)
  • When I travel I try to live as a local, shop where they do and meet other locals, for me this includes finding a crafting group or drop in exercise club
What is this?

  • GF restaurants info-I highlight the links with brightly colored background
  • GF store info
  • also some visitor's info, once you are eating you might as well get to know the neighborhood!
  • some GF questions to ask?
  • travel notebook
  • MAP:     Gluten Free Travel map
    •  (You should always call first!!! Over the years, I have stood in front of at least six closed gluten free restaurants that are gone or currently renovating, have a broken water main  or just out of GF pasta that day....)
Which Cities have been included on the map so far?(as of June 2013)

New York
Eastern Long Island
Washington DC
West Coast Florida
Big Island Hawaii
Stockholm will be added soon.....

Here are the LINKS to NY GF restaurants(from other sites) PLEASE CALL, some restaurants reccommended on these lists are gone

CBS Restauran list

Urban Spoon List

Yelp list-you can change neighborhood on this site

Open table GF suggestions, free reservations as well here

Guest of a Guest list

Gluten Free MOM list

CBS Best GF bakeries,dont forget Rissoteria (not on this list)