What is QNYGF? Get Ready to Look at GF Dining in a Whole New, Fabulous, Light.
You have likely already read my blog post announcing my new approach to the Dining Out section but thought I would provide a quick re-cap and tease here as well. Get ready for Quintessentially New York Gluten Free or QNYGF for short (because quite frankly I love the title but it is a mouthful).
I am taking the gluten free out of gluten-free dining. Okay, oxymoronic, I know but my goal is to show my readers how to eat gluten-free in some of the greatest restaurants around the world, kicking off the series right here in good old New York City.
Each restaurant will be evaluated on set criteria to quantify my experience of dining GF in non-GF exclusive locales. So please join me as I hit some of the most well know and yes, quintessential New York City restaurants and show that eating GF can be done with style and deliciously!
One of the most crushing blows of my celiac and shellfish allergy diagnoses was having to remove Chinese food from my restaurant repertoire. When I was originally diagnosed there simply were not options out there and my love of Chinese food would remain something akin to looking for a gluten-free unicorn. When I was in Hong Kong and Macau it was definitely...Read more →
The Four Seasons restaurant has been a part of my life since I was a child and holds very special memories for me. It was one of the most magical and fascinating restaurants to me growing up and remains one of the most iconic restaurants in the City today. Walking-in is like stepping back in time – a time when dressing for dinner was de rigeur...Read more →
The New York City steakhouse is perhaps among the most quintessential of dining institutions. I simply adore a well-prepared steak and particularly love when a restaurant transports you to an earlier point in time – where great service and great cocktails reigned supreme.Read more →
Leona's has since closed, sadly an end to an era. Being a true New Yorker, I am always happy when I stumble across new locales that turn out to be hidden gems among the sea of options here in the City. Last night turned out to be one of those times when the stars aligned and a truly wonderful experience followed.Read more →
The next locale in my QNYGF series is Seäsonal, an Austrian-inspired restaurant that just happens to be the proud recipient of a Michelin star. I am always on the lookout for different dining experiences in the City and there never seems to be a shortage of options. On this occasion...Read more →
Alas, nothing is forever in NYC and Metrazur is now an Apple Store. The next locale in my QNYGF series is a somewhat hidden gem located in what is perhaps one of the most iconic buildings in Manhattan Grand Central Terminal (or station for the uninitiated). I say somewhat hidden gem because you...Read more →
To begin, I must first disclose that I am a huge fan of the Divine Miss. M not only as a performer but more importantly for the work her organization does to make the city I call home a more beautiful place for me and millions of other New Yorkers -- so a heartfelt thanks from GFM.Read more →
Gluten Free Mike decided to get his soul on and made the trip up to Sylvia’s in Harlem. I have always wanted to try this restaurant given its long and established history. Hey, if you are around since 1962 in a city filled with great dining options you are clearly doing something right.Read more →
I chose what is one of my all time favorite restaurants to kick off my QNYGF series, The Four Seasons. Having dined there on many, many occasions over the years from my childhood through adulthood, it somehow feels like an old friend. While the outside world is moving at an...Read more →