One of the most common questions I see in the nut allergy community is “where can I find nut-free ice cream?!?” Here’s the answer: A La Mode Shoppe in NYC, a 100% nut-free ice cream shop with dairy-free and gluten-free options as well. I chatted with owner Sandy Roth about how A La Mode Shoppe got started, her favorite flavor combo, how they keep a dedicated nut-free facility, the future of their business, and more!
Top Chef finalist and The Chew co-host Carla Hall has officially opened the doors to her first restaurant: Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen. Her speciality dish? Hot Chicken, a unique spin on traditional style Southern fried chicken with an extra layer of added heat (six to choose from to be exact)! The best part? Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen is an 100% nut-free kitchen.
Of the 550 pizza places in NYC, only 25 offer gluten-free pizza. In the mood for just a slice instead of the whole pie? Youâ€™re now limited to about 5 spots. Options for those wanting gluten-free pizza by the slice in NYC are pretty dismal, which is why when I heard that Vinnieâ€™s Pizzeria in Brooklyn was creating made from scratch gluten-free pizza by the slice, I wanted to learn more!
Prior to my gluten intolerance, eating at restaurants was a regular occurrence for me. When dining with my husband, we’d casually mention his allergies and hope that the server took us seriously, but wouldn’t think twice after mentioning his allergy. Then everything changed. During a normal dinner out, we had a terrifying encounter at one of our favorite restaurants where pine nuts were added into in a dish we didn’t expect them to be present in. We had to go to the hospital, and it was a nerve wracking experience for everyone involved. After this incident I felt a new level of anxiousness about dining out, for fear of my husband’s life.
However, living in fear is no way to live at all, especially in a city like New York City, which is brimming with incredible restaurants. Determined to not be restricted by my gluten intolerance, and his allergies, I’ve found quite a few spots that are not only safe to eat at, but go out of their way to accommodate those with food allergies. My quest continues daily, please be sure to check back as I add new eateries catering to those with food allergies in NYC. Please note that while some of these establishments offer nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free options, their menu is subject to change and it’s always important to inform your server about your allergies before ordering.
Last night my husband and I ventured to Blue Smoke. I’d read about the lengths that they take to accommodate diners with allergies, and I must say it was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had.