Hey Gorgeous RWs! 

As you may have seen ‘on the gram’ I recently went back to my favourite place in the world… Manhattan. 

Last month, me and the man friend took our annual road trip to Grandma’s house and we got to spend a couple days in the city, eating all the food and walking around some of my favourite haunts. 

As you may remember, on top of being a hardcore foodie… You might think that this would be difficult considering the whole no gluten thing. But let me tell you… NYC did NOT disappoint and I might still be full.

First up I’d like to give huge ups to Modern Bread and Bagel  I found this little gem through a cursory google search and I have spent everyday since dreaming about their food. Located in the Upper West Side, Modern Bread and Bagel doesn’t look like much from the outside but inside is warm and inviting. A hip and funky vibe awaits you when you sit down with cool lighting and a long cushioned bench to sit on.  MBB is completely gluten-free and kosher and offers traditional New York style deli fare with some unique twists. 

I started with a coffee, which was delicious and ordered the pastrami-style smoked salmon and chive cream cheese on an everything bagel. First of all, the bagel was the largest gluten free bagel I have ever seen and the texture even felt ‘real’. Honestly I thought I was dreaming. The pastrami-style smoked salmon was delicious and I had never thought of pairing those flavours before. Everything else was fresh and the portions were a good size. Our server was friendly and offered lots of information and insight about the menu. 

Long story short – I am wondering if it is completely insane for me to fly down to Manhattan for my birthday later this month just so I can eat at Modern Bread and Bagel.

Next, after a stroll from Chelsea to Midtown we stopped in at Friedman’s for some chicken and waffles. Yes, you read that right– Gluten. Free. Chicken. And. Waffles. One of the original founders of Friedman’s also has celiac disease and wanted to be sure that she was able to eat at her own restaurant. As such, most of their menu is gluten free!

As mentioned, I had the chicken and waffles and while I’m glad I had it, I don’t think I would order it again. Not because the food was bad, it was delicious – but because I can’t eat that much waffle without getting bored. I would have preferred the fried chicken with all the southern fixin’s as well. 

Other highlights include: 

Red-eye Grill: For a fancy old New York feel, I had the sea bass and steak frites. They have a separate fryer and the kitchen is very knowledgeable about cross-contamination. They also brought the man and I champagne to help us celebrate our anniversary! 

NoGlu NYC: I had both a cream puff and a croissant. I would one hundred percent order the cream puff again but the croissant left much to be desired. 

Ladurèe: For traditional french macarons and a coffee. They are not a gluten-free facility so eat here at your own peril.  

So there you have it! My gluten-free highlights from my most recent trip to NYC. Want more travel? Let me know what you’d like to see in the comments!