Gluten Free New York: Friedman’s Lunch

Friedman’s Lunch is located within Chelsea Markets in New York’s Meatpacking District.

We arranged to meet our friends and their small baby at Friedman’s Lunch since they offer lots of lighter gluten free options such as sandwiches and salads and are conveniently located to the High Line which we walked afterwards (highly recommended). Despite the name, Friedman’s Lunch offer breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Chelsea Market reminds me of a slightly sanitised version on Brixton Village; small, independent restaurants offering good value food in a converted former warehouse. Next door to Friedman’s is a health food store with many naturally gluten free options (fruit, veg, cheese etc) but strangely we didn’t find any specifically gluten free items there.

Friedman’s operate a no reservations policy and we had to wait around 40 minutes for a table, although not entirely the restaurant’s fault. A table had become available before our friends arrived and their policy is to only seat complete parties so we had to wait around 20 minutes for the second table.

Since I was in New York I chose the grilled pastrami Reuben sandwich. This sandwich came served with sauerkraut, Gruyere cheese and Russian dressing, and a very generous portion of pastrami, all on toasted gluten free bread.

I was impressed that almost all items on the menu could be gluten free. The waiter explained they also have a separate fryer so if I wanted to have the herbed fries, these would be safely gluten free. Who am I to refuse chips on a cold day?!

Unsurprisingly I loved the tangy Russian dressing. Since N and I met when we sat next to each other at work in Moscow, it seemed quite an appropriate choice.

We enjoyed many great meals while we were in New York but I think the food here might’ve been my favourite. I liked the relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and the excellent quality and range of gluten free food on offer.


Friedman’s Lunch

Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Ave
New York, NY 10011

Opening hours:

Mon: 8am – 9pm
Tue – Fri: 8am – 9pm
Sat: 10am – 9pm
Sun: 10am – 7pm

Would I go back? Yes, top of the list on my next trip to New York

Perk!ier Gluten Free Porridge Launch

Regular readers of this blog and followers on Twitter will know I’ve been a big fan of Perk!er since I first saw them at the Allergy Show last May. The chocolate treats never last long in our house, thanks to (non gluten-free) Mr D’s love of the Perk!er Popping Tiffin and brownies with white choc chunks.

I wrote about Perk!er’s delicious gluten free treats here, including their oat free porridge which I’ve been enjoying al desko sprinkled on Greek yoghurt for my breakfast every weekday since last summer.

To date I’ve been buying the oat free porridge directly from Perk!er but I was thrilled (for both Perk!er’s owner’s Ann and Steve as well as the UK’s Coeliacs and gluten intolerants) to hear the porridges were due to launch in several retailers I shop in regularly including Ocado and Whole Foods Market, with hopefully more to come soon!

On this occasion Ann sent me some of the new Fruity Berry and Apple, Cinnamon and Raisin porridge pots to try out.

As I’ve come to expect from Perk!er the packaging is bright, fun and engaging.

Preparation couldn’t be easier – just add boiling water, stir and after 2 minutes the porridge is ready to eat. No microwave, no mess and no washing up!

How did they taste? The interesting thing for me was that adding hot water to the porridge really made the fruit pieces in the porridge expand to become juicy. As I normally eat the porridge sprinkled on my yoghurt, this was a lovely change and I really enjoyed my warming porridge breakfast. There’s a line on the outside of the porridge pot which indicates how much water to add. For me, this made the porridge a little too liquid. So if, like me, you like to stand your spoon up in your porridge, I’d add less boiling water.

Many congratulations to Ann and Steve for expanding their excellent gluten free range and getting their products into some of the UK’s major retailers. For gluten free customers, these delicious porridge pots offer a convenient and easily transportable solution for breakfasts at work or when away from home.

Cost: Porridge pots are retailing at £1.99 in Whole Foods Market and currently on offer at £1.69 in Planet Organic. The large porridge boxes containing 10 generous servings will retail for around £3.99.

Where to buy: Ocado, Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic and Goodness Direct

Further information on their delicous gluten free products can be found on Perk!er’s website