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.
75 Ninth Ave
New York, NY 10011
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