Saturday, February 5, 2011

Friedman's Lunch

I finally, FINALLY made it over to Chelsea Market to check out Friedman's.  It has been so long since I first heard about it and so many people have recommended it that during my last trip to New York, I knew I had to make it a point to get there.

My sister and I actually happened upon Chelsea Market on a cold day in New York; neither of us had been in and, since we were two blocks away, we decided to take a walk through it.  We were pleasantly surprised to find that it is a large, indoor market with lots of different food options.  It's a great way to walk around and stay warm while braving the bitter winter in New York.  The Market serves up options for vegans, vegetarians, gluten free folk, and carnivores alike.

A few days after my sister and I originally explored the Market, I had an afternoon to myself to wander the city.  I went down to Chelsea Market with a mission in mind: to finally sample Friedman's.  Luckily once I arrived, I was very happy with my meal there!  I ordered the Grilled Vegetable Sandwich on gluten free bread (which costs an extra $2.25, of course).  The 'wich came with hummus, sprouts, shredded carrots, tomato, cucumber & avocado on grilled gluten free bread.  You can also add turkey or chicken for $2.50.

I know the above picture is grainy and can't communicate the sandwich's taste, but I assure you that it was delicious.  The bread was crispy and had been lightly grilled to perfection.  Many of the gluten free breads I have eaten over the years are crumbly and tough, thus not providing good sandwich-making material.  The bread at Friedman's was much lighter and didn't fall apart upon first bite.  I would definitely visit Friedman's again for a gluten free sandwich, despite the $2.25 surcharge on gluten free customers.  I suppose it is just something we have to get used to... even though every time it sees such a surcharge, my wallet trembles.

If you get a chance, check out Friedman's and the Chelsea Market on a day when you would prefer to be inside in New York.  The Market is a great cold or rainy day activity and Friedman's is a perfect way for gluten free folk to have a sandwich that may just remind them of the days when they could consume gluten without repercussion.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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75 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10011 (Map)

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