Sunday, May 3, 2009

When the Moon Hits Your Eye...

I've eaten at Mozzarelli's a few times, but this was the first trip when I actually remembered my camera. :P
Mozzarelli's, located at 38 E. 23rd Street (mere steps from the 23rd street stop on the 6), is a little small, but is a treasure trove for the gluten intolerant, for whom the thought of slices of New York pizza seems like a pipe dream. 
Mz's serves big, fat squares of gluten free pizza, crust made from a "secret blend of brown rice and beans", as well as gluten free pastas and plenty of desserts. 
There's no need to ask for any special menus or to be wary of ingredients because "GLUTEN FREE" is posted everywhere! Mz's is quite clear about which foods are gluten free and which ones aren't, and its staff is also very knowledgeable. 
I have yet to try the pasta, but I've heard rave reviews. I usually order a slice of the bruschetta pizza, which is topped with tomatoes, but this time, I tried the mushroom, tomato, and spinach pie. It's baked right after you order it, so that it's served nice and warm. I didn't inquire about the separation of the kitchens, but the g-free pizza is placed on a separate shelf from the other pizzas, scooped with a separate spatula, and is cooked with a piece of foil beneath it in the oven.
The cheese and sauce are a little oily, but other than that, there are no complaints about this pizza. The crust is superb, nice and crispy, and surprisingly airy. It had great crunch. The sauce is zesty! A nice slice indeed, especially at only $5.
One cannot eat at Mz's without getting dessert. My mind nearly exploded with excitement the first time that I ate here and saw the whole case full of g-free desserts, neatly packaged and looking so enticing.
Cakes, cheesecake, rice pudding, cupcakes, all kinds of delicious treats, silently seducing my gastronomic appetites. 
The first time I ate here, I had a slice of vanilla/chocolate marble cake that was divine, but the real heaven was found when I had a piece of cheesecake with strawberries. It was just how I remembered cheesecake to taste: soft, creamy, light, and rich. I'm salivating as I remember it. 
One last part of Mz's left to knock your gluten free socks off. The wall of cookies.
Seriously, I was in awe. I have never seen so many different kinds of gluten free cookies in one place before. If one can achieve Celiac nirvana, it might be found in front of these showcases. 
And you know what? They're all delicious! And there's a table where you can sample as many different kinds as you want before you buy, just as an added perk. It's hard to suppress the urge to snatch up a sample of every last kind once you taste the first cookie. They're baked by a company called My Dad's Cookies and retail at 3 boxes for $12. Other allergies and special diets are accommodated as well. I saw cookies and desserts that were dairy and egg free, as well as sugar free.
I recommend the creme brulee cookie. After sampling my fair share *cough* I found them to be the best. Another good one is the chocolate "bing bong". Don't ask me to explain the name; I have no clue. But really. Any kind of cookie urge can be satisfied here. 
Mozzarelli's: A hidden gluten free paradise.

Gluten Free NYC-Updated May 25, 2010

I've been accumulating information about gluten free restaurants in NYC for awhile now, so I thought that I would compile a comprehensive list of them, including location, links, and cuisine information. This list will be updated when I receive information about other gluten free eateries in NYC, so please let me know what I have missed! Happy eating!

Slice the Perfect Food

-build your own pizza

-1413 2nd ave


-cheap gf pizza, ziti, penne vodka, biscotti, penne alfredo

-38 e. 23rd street

Bloom's Deli

-omelettes, fish, burgers, fries

-350 lexington ave

Lilli and Loo

-asian food, including fried rice, teriyaki chicken, pad thai, tempura

-792 lexington ave

Petit Cafe

-french toast, sandwiches, soups, cookies, brownies


-70 greenwich ave

Sacred Chow

-organic, vegan, kosher meals


-227 Sullivan Street

Bar Breton

-buckwheat crepes, many gluten free dishes


-254 5th avenue

Candle Cafe (Candle 79)

-vegan food, pumpkin seed burger, nori rolls, porcini crusted tofu

-1307 third ave at 75th street and 154 e. 79th street near lexington

Gus' Place

-greek food like souvlaki (kebabs), grilled octopus, soups, breads, beer

-192 bleecker street


-upscale italian, lists many dishes and says gf pasta is extra. gf bread

-415 3rd ave at 29th street

Lili's 57

-chinese food like shrimp rempura, pad thai, fried rice, dumplings, sushi


-200 W. 57th Street on 7th Ave

Asia de Cuba (at Morgan's)

-expensive asian/cuban food like miso cod, pan seared tuna


-237 Madison Ave


-italian food, pizza, panini, breadsticks, pasta on tuesdays, "black and whites"


-270 bleecker street


-made to order macaroni and cheeses


-345 e. 12th street


-family style italian,


-20 w. 72nd street


-upscale italian like salmon tartare, many rice pasta dishes, seafoods and steak


-963 lexington ave

Peter's Restaurant

-large menu with pancakes, meatloaf, frittatas, sandwiches, pasta, chicken parmigiana

-1606 1st ave


-asian dishes with different kinds of rice, baked black beans, satay

-many locations, 115 lexington ave, 292 elizabeth street, 81 washington street, 166 dekalb ave

Market Cafe NYC

-american cuisine


-496 9th Avenue


-vegan, casein free bakery, cookies, cupcakes, banana bread, cookie sandwiches, muffins, brownies, corn bread

-248 broome street

Tu-Lu's Bakery

-muffins, cupcakes, paninis, special order cakes


-338 E. 11th Street

Ruby Foo's

-asian food like pad thai, orange chicken, salmon, fried rice, chocolate brownie



-uptown: 2182 broadway at 77th street

-times square: 1626 broadway at 49th street


-italian food with gf versions of everything, like gnocchi, penne, pizza, tiramisu, cheesecake

-no website

-1574 2nd ave

Tuttoriso Cafe

-corn and gluten free, pancakes, beer, cider, bruschetta, grilled cheese, burgers, pizza, pastas, risotto, tamari, shepherd's pie, cakes, cookies

-36 richmond terrace, staten island

Pommes Frites

-fries with many dipping sauces

-123 2nd ave

Cafe Viva

-corn crust pizza...only specified as wheat free. azteca has onions, peppers, corn, sausalito has garlic, tomatoes, mexicali has jalepenos, sedona is pesto


-2578 broadway

Pala Pizza

-italian, arancini, beer, pizza, pastas, ravioli, gnocchi, lasagna or

-198 allen street

Rice to Riches

-rice puddings in flavors like chocolate chip flirt, coast to coast cheesecake, sex drugs and rocky road. only ones NOT gf: tiramisu, honey graham, cookies and cream

-37 spring street

Puff and Pao

-"paolitos" are gf. classic has cheddar, peppers, onion, jalepeno. specialty has chorizo, onion, shiitake, ham

-105 christopher street

Pizza Bolla

-italian food like garlic bread, parmesan, lasagna, penne vodka

-102 north end ave

Blue Smoke

-american style, ribs, beef brisket, chicken wings


-116 e. 27th street

Friedman's Lunch

-gluten free sandwiches, pastrami, corned beef, chicken salad

-75 ninth ave at the chelsea market


-"socca" (chickpea pancakes), pasta, meat dishes, risotto


-630 9th avenue btw. 45th and 46th

Hampton Chutney

-indian food, rice batter dosas and uttapas

-464 Amsterdam ave, btw 82nd and 83rd

-68 prince street btw broadway and lafayette


-Vietnamese cuisine

-121 University Place

Nice Matin

-French cuisine

-201 W. 79th Street

Grom Gelato

-delicious gelato, with gluten free flavors clearly marked


-West Village: 233 Bleecker and Carmine

-Upper West Side: 2165 Broadway and 76th


-organic foods, smoothies, "tapitos" with gf tortillas

-519 6th Avenue

Epstein's Kosher Deli (Yonkers)

-deli foods like lettuce wraps, eggs, a variety of soups, shepherd's pie


-2574 Central Avenue, Yonkers, NY

BoneFish Grill (NJ)

-steaks, chicken, seafood


-200 Mill Creek Drive, Secaucus, NJ

Note: Gluten free availability can change, and those changes may not necessarily be reflected here. Always check with the restaurant and your server when dining out, and use your own discretion.