A guide of the best gluten free, Paleo, and celiac-safe food options in New York City!
I’m really bad at “how to” guides, mostly because I don’t believe travel should be about trying to obtain the same Instagram-worthy tourist experience that’s been said and done a thousand times already. That aside, I know that traveling is a lot easier and more enjoyable when you’re well fed and not living on a bag of almonds for three days. I’ve definitely been there! Eating out during travel will never be ideal when you have celiac (or need to worry about cross contamination for any reason) but it is still possible to have an enjoyable, adventurous trip if you bring some back up food and have an action plan! Without further ado, here is my go-to list of Paleo/gluten free favorites in New York City!
Dig inn is sort of similar to Sweetgreen, but with more hot food options. It’s also one of the safest places if you have celiac, because only two or three of their food items have gluten in them, and they are very careful if you mention an allergy. There are lots of Paleo options available here, and there roasted chicken is great!
Mulberry and Vine
Mulberry and Vine is very similar to Dig Inn. They serve fast-casual bowl meals that aren’t too pricey, and they offer a bunch of fresh, healthy options.
Brodo is a bone broth café with a few locations in Manhattan. The bone broth is delicious, and they have lots of different options with different mix-ins available to make the broth more filling.
Springbone is just like Brodo and Dig Inn combined. They have a bunch of bone broth based bowls and meals available, but it’s not just soup. This place is really safe if you have celiac, and most of the menu items are Paleo.
Real talk….I’m not the biggest fan of Two Hands. I know it’s all the rage on Instagram, but the service frankly sucks, and the food isn’t great either. If you really want to go for the ‘gram, I would go just for a coffee. That said, they do have gluten-free options available if you want to give it a try.
Sonny boy has a great menu and a really fun atmosphere! It’s another Australian restaurant, but the service is much better than Two Hands, and I felt like they were more careful with my allergy request. I had the salmon salad, and it was delicious!
If you’re in a pinch and you don’t see any of those options around, my advice: look for a Whole Foods and eat from the hot bar or salad bar, or find a poke place. They’re all over Manhattan, you got a bunch of food for your money, and it’s nearly always safe for celiac.