Updated: January 4th 2015
NYC is my favorite city to visit—the culture, the food, the people. Growing up near NYC, I was spoiled by the endless options for cuisine. When I was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of 20, I was worried that I would no longer be able to enjoy the variety of food. Luckily, I was wrong. These are some of my FAVORITE dessert places in my favorite city 🙂
**I will continue to update this list. Remember to ALWAYS check with the staff at these establishments as this list may have changed. Never assume that an item that I list that I enjoyed is still gluten free. As with everything in the world, things change 🙂 I am hoping that you all can use this list to help find restaurants that you can enjoy!
Eight Turn Crepe (http://www.eightturncrepe.com). Located at 55 Spring Street, New York, NY (Little Italy/China Town area). Amazing gluten free crepes! Almost EVERYTHING is gluten free and the staff is well trained in telling you what is not. The crepe is a rice based crepe so no risk of gluten. Pocky sticks were one of the few things that were glutenous. But the ingredients were stored separately and when asked, the staff switched their gloves. Their chocolate truffles are amazing! I highly recommend vanilla ice cream, kiwi, strawberries, bananas, chocolate sauce, and truffles—YUM!!!
Sprinkles Cupcakes (http://www.sprinkles.com/locations/new-york/new-york/cupcakes) Located at 780 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY (Note that this is 2 blocks from Lili and Loo so it is a great dessert option). Sprinkles has a gluten free red velvet cupcake that is fantastic (I promise you cannot even tell that it is gluten free). Sprinkles is not a gluten free facility BUT they keep the gluten free cupcakes in back to prevent cross contamination. When you request a gluten free cupcake, they go into the back and switch their gloves before retrieving them. They make the gluten free cupcakes FIRST thing in the morning and when the gluten free cupcakes are made and stashed away, THEN they make the gluten brands. The cupcakes are made fresh each day so the icing isn’t shared between glutenous and gluten free cupcakes. With that being said, to prevent cross contamination, when the gluten free cupcakes sell out, they sell out—they will not make gluten free cupcakes once they bake glutenous cupcakes.
Macaron Cafe (http://macaroncafe.com) Located at 4(!!!) Locations: 625 Madison Ave, 750 Third Avenue, 161 West 36th & 303 Greenwich Street so very easily accessible: All of their macarons are gluten free!! No cross contamination issues here. So many flavors to choose from (just browse their menu and remember that they are all gluten free!!). Personal favorites include: Creme Brûlée, Dark Chocolate, and Vanilla Bean
Laduree (https://fabricantdedouceurs.laduree.com/en_fr/#!houses) Located at 864 Madison Avenue (Upper East Side) and 398 West Broadway (Soho). The majority of the flavors are gluten free (only a couple of seasonal, not main flavors, contain gluten)!! Made from almond flour, these French treats are sent over from Paris daily! The chocolate, vanilla, and rose were gluten free when I last visited.
Tu-lu’s Gluten Free Bakery (https://www.tu-lusbakery.com) Located at 338 East 11th Street. EVERYTHING IS GLUTEN FREE! Yes, this is an entirely gluten free facility. Amazing selection from breads/sandwiches to cookies, cakes, donuts, etc. Delivery (for a price) is available for Manhattan residents. Personally, Tu-Lu’s is my FAVORITE gluten free bakery of them all!! Highly highly recommend this bakery!
Babycakes/Erin McKenna’s Bakery (http://www.erinmckennasbakery.com/our-menu/). Located at 248 Broome St. Everything is 100% gluten free (and vegan)! Tons of options from cakes and breads to muffins and cookies.
Bakeries that I would like to visit next and will leave a review when I do: Jennifer’s Way Bakery (entirely gluten free facility) located at 263 E. 10th St
**Please note that this review solely reflects my own honest opinion. I was neither paid nor compensated for my visit here.**