Having to adjust your diet to avoid gluten can be frustrating and discouraging, especially around the holidays.
Every party, dinner and social function seems to be adorned with cakes and pies that you simply cannot eat. If you live in New York City and your diet requires you to avoid gluten, here you will find a list of the most popular gluten-free options for your sweet tooth during the holidays.
Suggestion: Give this list to your HR representative at work and suggest they provide an alternative dessert for gluten-less employees.
It is highly doubtful that you are the only one with a restricted diet.
At 11th Street Lulu's offers a variety of cakes, cookies and brownies that are gluten-free. If you are home or office bound, they offer delivery. They also offer online ordering for UPS delivery. Did you recently find out Grandma cannot have gluten as well? Send her some fresh baked cookies for a tasty surprise.
Has two locations - one in the West Village on Bleeker Street and one in the Upper West Side on Amsterdam Avenue.
They have a more limited desert variety including cookies, Tiramisu and bread items, however they have a full dinner menu. Their bakery menu is available for online shipping.
One option, specifically for pumpkin pie, is Candle 79. Located at East 79th Street, they have a gluten-free pumpkin pie with cranberry ice cream! What a fantastic option for any holiday dinner or even the work party that’s right around the corner.
Is your boss, CEO or President gluten intolerant? Let them know you specifically thought ahead and picked up an appropriate dessert. This comes across as detail oriented, caring and selfless (promotion material??).
Sprinkles offers the most convenient and modern store front. You can purchase cupcakes via an ATM. Yes, the Automatic Teller Machine has replaced money with decadent goodness at Sprinkles. You simply place the order at a pseudo ATM window and a door opens to dispense fresh cupcakes instead of cash.
Cupcake ATM not your thing? They do offer a traditional store as well. They have the most locations throughout the country compared to the other shops on this list. In NYC, they are located on Lexington Avenue and a second location on Liberty. Providing online shipping, ordering and delivery, you should keep their info handy.
Saving the best for last, Pip's Place. Offering a menu that is 100% gluten-free, you can find them centered between 89th and 90th Streets. Their menu provides the most options yet including, cakes, cookies, brownies and squares (and more!). You will find something for everyone here.
So there's the list.
Gluten-free menus may be difficult to find (and even harder to find something that tastes good). As more New Yorkers omit gluten from their diets the options for good food continues to grow.
Take a stop by any of the above locations and treat yourself to a delicious gluten-free treat. Be sure to browse your holiday dessert options to get your order in early!