I took a brief trip to the East Coast this past week, so for you West Coast readers kick back, relax, and enjoy a slice of New York for a few posts.
I took the train down to New York City on Thursday. During the 4.5 hour train ride, I mentally prepared myself for a marathon of eating. It wasn't going to be easy; it certainly wasn't going to be pretty. But I knew I had to do it for you, my readers, to fill you in on some of the NYC gluten free hotspots.
My first stop on the gluten free tour of Manhattan was S'Mac. Located in the East Village, S'Mac is a little restaurant that has awesome gluten free mac & cheese. I've been missing mac & cheese ever since being diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I used to down boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese like it was nobody's business. I've tried a few of the gluten free mac & cheese products available but haven't been too pleased with them.
I heard about S'Mac a long time ago and knew that I needed to try it on this voyage to NYC. The restaurant offers gluten free mac & cheese that is customizable to your liking. There are 12 styles you can choose from, including a Masala mix ("North American comfort food blended with Indian spices"), Cajun ("Cheddar & Pepper Jack cheeses, andouille sausage, green pepper, onions, celery, garlic and, of course, some genuine Cajun seasoning") and others.
My friend and I decided to get the nosh size (the smallest size available) because we were headed to another gluten free destination for a late lunch. We pumped ours up with mozzarella and manchego cheese, tomatoes, broccoli, and garlic. The total came out to around $8.50; not bad for a meal in Manhattan. When the nosh was served, we were both pleasantly surprised by its size.
The nosh definitely filled us up (of course, not enough to keep us clamoring for the next stop on the gluten free tour) and it was delicious. I can't wait to go back to this reasonably priced and delicious restaurant! Restaurant may not be the appropriate term -- it's a very casual place where you order at the counter and have your mac & cheese brought to you. So if you're looking for a romantic gluten free date, this probably isn't your spot.
Note that the uptown location DOES NOT have gluten free options because of potential cross contamination.
Sarita's Macaroni and Cheese (a.k.a. S'Mac)
345 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003 (Map)