A reader, Lindsey, recently reminded me of Tu-Lu's Gluten Free Bakery in perfect time, as last weekend I headed to New York City. Formerly known as Tully's Gluten Free Bakery, this great shop recently opened in New York's East Village which again was perfect because that's where I was staying!
The bakery is very warm and welcoming when you walk in, greeting you with bright and airy decor and a delicious wall painting of cupcakes. The treats are neatly displayed behind glass in bright shelving units. There is also seating adequate for a few people; I can definitely envision myself snacking on Tu-Lu's treats on a warm summer day on East 11th street.
When my friend Lauren and I visited we were lucky enough to meet Tully herself! She recommended us a few treats and we gladly took her up on her suggestions. I opted for the cupcake sampler (3 mini-cupcakes for $3.50) and a thin mint cookie.
Whoa -- these cupcakes were awesome. We ordered two peanut butter chocolate cupcakes, a chocolate chocolate, and a vanilla chocolate. All were absolutely amazing and I really appreciated the opportunity to be able to check out different flavors. The thin mint was even better and could easily replace Girl Scouts' thin mints cookies without anybody knowing it. The texture and consistency of the cupcakes nearly matched what I remember gluten-filled cupcakes tasting like; they were soft and fluffy. Another great part: they didn't fall apart as so many gluten free products do (because of their lack of gluten to bind them).
I will definitely head back to Tu-Lu's on my next New York adventure -- I have my eyes on their gluten free paninis, although I was told they do not make the bread in house. I'm also looking forward to trying more of their baked goods; if they are half as good as the ones I've already had, then they will be amazing. Looks like Babycakes has some east side competition in Manhattan!
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Tu-Lu's Gluten Free Bakery
338 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003 (Map)