With so many NYC chefs offering an array of gluten-free dishes these days, searching for a "gluten-free restaurant" (for those who have the dietary restriction) has become a thing of the past. From luxurious pastas to hearty meatballs, the choices for anyone with a gluten intolerance have never been greater. Here are eight places to indulge without the wheat in NYC:
Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop: When cold weather leads to ramen cravings, diners can rest easy knowing chef Ivan Orkin has gluten-free options that are equally spurp-able. The Gotham Market West counter offers a gluten-free tofu shirataki option (pictured below) with both its shio ramen and roasted garlic mazemen dishes.
Del Posto: Mario Batali's elegant restaurant, helmed by executive chef Mark Ladner, offers a gluten-free option for all of the menu's pasta dishes. Using a special dough that helps maintain elasticity, the resemblance to traditional pasta is uncanny. The 100-layer lasagna and the luna piena with castelmagno and white truffle butter are both standouts.
Dimes: With a section of its menu dedicated to acai bowls, this shoebox-size Chinatown spot by Alissa Wagner and Sabrian DeSousa is an oasis for health-conscious New Yorkers. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, diners can choose from items like a spiced quinoa bowl with chickpeas, marinated peppers and braised beets or the black rice bowl with eggplant, kale gomae, chili cucumber, sweet potato mash and grapefruit ginger ponzu.
Oceana: Chef Ben Pollinger offers seafood lovers plenty of great options, but their General Tsao lobster is ideal for gluten-free diners. The crustacean is prepared with gluten-free soy sauce and served with scallions, naturally gluten-free rice and sweet-and-sour sauce.
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Sekend Sun: We love tater tots with our cocktails, which is why chef Gary Tackett's gluten-free take on the lunchroom classic is a perfect pairing (pictured at the top). Tackett's version is steamed then mixed with salt, chives and aji amarillo before being fried and served with a side of spicy cheese sauce.
The Gander: Jesse Schenker's Flatiron hot spot cooks up an innovative lobster roll, but his beluga lentil risotto (pictured below) caters to celiacs. The dish is served with snap peas, mushrooms and Parmesan and can also be made to order without butter for vegans too.
The Little Beet Table: Chef Franklin Becker's recently opened offshoot of The Little Beet offers a variety of health-conscious dishes for the gluten-averse on the go. Though the entire menu is gluten-free, guests may want steer toward the burger, quinoa risotto or flatbreads. We suggest saving room for the sheep's-milk ricotta cheesecake to cap off Becker's gluten-free feast.
The Meatball Shop: All locations of the meatball specialist offer a chicken-based ball made with gluten-free bread crumbs. The belly-friendly ball is topped with tomato or spinach-basil pesto sauce (pictured below).