Thursday, September 27, 2012

5 Napkin Burger

A new location of 5 Napkin Burger recently opened up at 14th Street & 3rd Avenue right by my apartment.  While I've been meaning to try it for some time, it wasn't until last week that I finally went and checked out the restaurant's offerings.  I have passed by the restaurant's other Manhattan location in Hell's Kitchen plenty of times but don't often eat at burger places because I get too tempted by the french fries and despondent over their lack of gluten free hamburger buns.

Before checking out the 14th Street location, representatives of 5 Napkin e-mailed me and let me know that the restaurant would be offering more gluten free options.  When I was in touch with the people at 5 Napkin they also mentioned the menu would soon feature lettuce wraps for the burgers, fish tacos on corn tortillas, french onion soup, buffalo chicken sandwich, and lobster sliders all served up gluten free.

I visited the restaurant with my friend Dan and made sure to bring a large appetite.  Upon being served the menu I let my waiter know that I eat gluten free; he said there wouldn't be a problem and that the fries were made in a gluten free fryer.  I'm a huge french fry fan and always sad when I can't have them so this news basically made my weekend.

I ultimately opted for the Avocado Ranch with a gluten free bun, without the ranch dressing.  This burger was awesome and the bun was equally delicious; it wasn't crunchy or crumbly like so many other gluten free buns but instead held its composure like what I remember gluten filled buns doing.

The fries being made in a gluten free fryer so I didn't have to worry about cross contamination.  I'll definitely visit 5 Napkin again, especially seeing as they have locations nationwide.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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5 Napkin Burger
150 E. 14th Street
New York, NY 10003 (Map)
212-228-5500

Monday, September 10, 2012

L'Asso

Last week I checked out a L'Asso, an Italian restaurant in the East Village that can prepare every pizza on its menu gluten free.  I ate with my friends Caroline and Henry at Henry's suggestion; he noticed that L'Asso was offering 50% through ScoutMob.  We went on a weeknight at 7ish and had no problem snagging a table for three.  We sat towards the back with a great view of the large, open kitchen and had attentive and friendly service.

The gluten free pizza only comes in one size, so I knew I was on my own in choosing the flavor.  Ultimately I opted for the Tartufo pizza, served with portobello mushrooms, pesto, choice of smoked or regular mozzarella, rosemary, truffle oil.  I went for the regular mozzarella option and was quite pleasantly surprised by the pizza when it was brought out - it was huge!  There were about 8 slices in the gluten free size so it is definitely enough to split with another two or three people depending on your appetites.  The pizza, like so many other gluten free options, is a thin and crunchy crust. 

While it can't unseat Mozzarelli's as my favorite New York City gluten free pizza, but overall I enjoyed L'asso's pizza and the restaurant feel (which Mozzarelli's does not have).  If you decide to check out L'Asso definitely download the ScoutMob app before going and use the 50% coupon; we picked up three pizzas and a bottle of wine for $20 each and since my gluten free pizza was so large I had lots of leftovers for the next day.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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L'Asso East Village
107 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003 (Map)
212-837-2048