New York’s a city of hidden gems. There’s the secret restaurant that looks like a 19th-century French luxury train. A building in lower Manhattan that has a World War I fighter plane on its roof. And an above average amount of speakeasy-themed bars.
Yep, New York has a surprise around every corner—and that’s part of what makes the city great. But you know what? Sometimes you want to be surprised, and sometimes (like, say, during a midweek lunch meeting) you don’t. We went on a hunt for some of city’s best bets, whether you’re getting lunch for 80 or dinner for two.
Like a gluten-free Frank Sinatra, get ready to wake up in a City that Never Wheats. This is the best of gluten-free catering in NYC.
1. Bleecker Street Pizza
Notable Gluten-Free Dish: Create Your Own Gluten-Free Pizza
Bleecker Street is classic Tuscan-style thin crust pizza with a double helping of celebrity: past customers have included Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields, Steven Tyler, and Willem Dafoe. Don’t get your gluten-free pie from the shop that’s been named Best Pizza in NYC by the Food Network. Get your gluten-free office catering in NYC from the shop that’s been named Best Pizza three years in a row.
Bleecker Street Pizza | Gluten-Free Catering in NYC
Notable Gluten-Free Dishes: Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Chicken Thighs, Kale Salad
Using only locally-grown, organic ingredients, Toque Verte is New York’s destination for high-class entrees at a price point that won’t blow your budget. From comfort food like Roasted Chicken Thighs to vibrant surprises like Lemon Tofu Scampi, this is a great option for a balanced gluten-free meal.
3. Kulushkat Gourmet Falafel
Notable Gluten-Free Dishes: Chicken Shawarma, Classic Falafel
With a name that literally translates to “shut up and eat,” these guys are an Israeli-style falafel shop that means business. Most of the menu is vegan and can be made gluten-free, and they use all-natural kosher chicken. There’s good news for folks who are avoiding meat, as well: all of their non-vegetarian dishes are prepared with separate utensils, fryers, and pans.
4. DUB Pies
Notable Gluten-Free Dishes: New York Shepherd’s Pie, Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
DUB Pies is the only thing better than an Australian meat pie shop: an Australian meat pie shop on wheels. DUB has made so many “Best Food Trucks in NYC” lists that it’d be silly to list them here. Their gluten-free offerings include vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions of shepherd’s pie. Gluten-free pie? Sign us up.
DUB Pies / Facebook| Gluten-free catering in NYC
5. Bonjour Crepes & Wine
Notable Gluten-Free Dishes: Gluten-Free Buckwheat Crepes, Gluten-Free Buckwheat Waffles
With a batter recipe that goes back three generations, it’s always a good time to say bonjour to gluten-free crepes. These buckwheat-based crepes are loaded with creative fillings like red wine-braised beef, avocado, chili verde, and spinach. Oh, and did we mention the waffles? Your breakfast is solved.
6. Pi Bakerie
Notable Gluten-Free Dish: Healthy & Hearty Frittata Breakfast
A Mediterranean bakery with a wonderfully punny name, Pi offers a must-have gluten-free breakfast. With a Mediterranean veggie frittata as its centerpiece, this dish is an excellent way to start the day. And—as far as we can tell—they won’t make you recite the first 1,000 digits of pi to order it.
7. Mini Melanie
Notable Gluten-Free Dish: Mini Gluten-Free Cupcakes
Featured in the 2016 Michelin Guide, this bakery serves up jewel-inspired desserts to some of the biggest companies around, including Spotify, Johnson & Johnson, and Microsoft. Perfect for those tiny moments of gluten-free indulgence, their mini cupcakes are always an excellent choice. To paraphrase an old slogan: you’ll probably eat more than one.
Mini Melanie / Facebook | Gluten-free catering in NYC
8. The Squeeze
Notable Gluten-Free Dishes: Ratatouille Wrap, Moc & Cheese
Riding the cold-pressed juice craze into the hearts of New Yorkers everywhere, The Squeeze is laser-focused on healthy cuisine. These guys have everything you’d want from a health-conscious establishment, including quinoa-based mac & cheese and a long list of creatively named juices. It’s (we hope) the only place in NYC where you can order ‘The Jeans I Wore in High School’ in a glass.
9. Puerto Viejo
Notable Gluten-Free Dishes: Pollo Guisado, Chicharrones de Cerdo, Carne Guisada
If you’re looking for gluten-free food as made by a Dominican grandmother, Puerto Viejo is your spot. From stewed beef to fried plantains, this is an authentic Dominican experience. And here’s an added bonus: almost everything on their menu is gluten-free, so the world is your oyster (just not if you’re looking for oysters—they’re not on the menu).
10. It’s a Cuppie
Notable Gluten-Free Dish: Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cuppie
Kind of like the turducken of sweets, cuppies take an already good dessert (a cookie) and wrap it up in a better dessert (a cupcake). It’s the perfect treat for the indecisive sweet tooth. You’ve probably had gluten-free cookies. You’ve probably had gluten-free cupcakes. But if you haven’t had a gluten-free cuppie, it’s time to change that.
It’s a Cuppie / Facebook | Gluten-free catering in NYC
11. Coppa Sandwiches
Notable Gluten-Free Dishes: Gluten-Free Porchetta Salad, Gluten-Free Steak Salad
It’s no secret: gluten-free bread can be hit or miss. So what do you do when you’re in the mood for an Italian sandwich? Throw everything in a bowl and ditch the bread. Coppa offers a beautiful selection of gluten-free salads that have everything you’d want from a classic sandwich, without the risk of biting into cardboard.
Notable Gluten-Free Dish: Assorted Chocolates
It’s always a good time for chocolate. Founded by an Austrian on a mission to create gluten, dairy, sugar, and GMO-free foods, CocoRau isn’t your average chocolatier. These are made from 100% raw and organic cacao and a variety of other ingredients, including matcha tea, lavender, and coconut sugar.
Cocorau NYC / Facebook | Gluten-free catering in NYC
13. Soho Tiffin Junction
Notable Gluten-Free Dishes: Chicken Tikka Masala, Shredded Beef w/ BBQ Tamarind Sauce
Here’s the great thing about Indian food: many popular dishes are naturally gluten-free. STJ specializes in modern Indian cuisine with a low-calorie focus. Their dishes range from 200-950 calories, and they also offer vegan and vegetarian entrees, which makes this the perfect spot for every diet.
14. Pazzi Pasta
Notable Gluten-Free Dish: Gluten-Free Pasta (10 Gluten-Free Sauce Options Available)
Italian food seems tough for folks who are shying away from gluten. But if you’re on the hunt for gluten-free pasta that doesn’t miss the mark, Pazzi is a great place to start. And these aren’t just limp noodles doused in uninventive marinara: they offer 10 gluten-free sauce options, including classic Bolognese, Cauliflower & Garlic Sauce, and Smoked Salmon & Gorgonzola Sauce.
Pazzi Pasta / Facebook | Gluten-free catering in NYC
15. Local Thyme
Notable Gluten-Free Dishes: Curry Turkey Wrap, Steak Romesco Wrap, Pueblo Bowl
Whatever your preference, Local Thyme has it covered: whether you’ve gone Paleo, vegetarian, vegan, or raw, this is the spot for supercharged superfoods. As the name implies, they also make every effort to source their ingredients locally. If you want to impress the gluten-free health nuts in your life, take them here.
Local Thyme | Gluten-free catering in NYC
16. Minnie’s Bakeshop
Notable Gluten-Free Dish: Gluten-Free Minnie Cakes
Founded by a former prop stylist, this bakery has a house specialty: the Minnie. These two-layer, bite-size cakes with eight dollops of icing come in gluten-free variations that aren’t just delicious—they’re eye-catching, too.
Minnie’s Bakeshop / Facebook | Gluten-free catering in NYC
17. Baguettes & Co.
Notable Gluten-Free Dish: Gluten-Free Breakfast Platter
Baguettes & Co. is one of those we-offer-everything-under-the-sun caterers that actually does everything well. They offer everything from gluten-free muffins to vegan sandwiches, and they’re great for people who want to please both gluten eaters and gluten avoiders.
Notable Gluten-Free Dish: Curry Laksa Soup Noodle Bowl w/ Rice Vermicelli
Run by a Michelin star-winning chef, this Malaysian restaurant has a motto: “Spice is Our Vice.” If you want straightforward Malaysian food without bumping into gluten, Mamak is where it’s at.
Where will your gluten-free eating adventure take you next?