Last year Zagat seemed to make a giant step forward by mentioning gluten-free options in its listings for Risotteria ("sets the standard for gluten-free dining") and Sambuca ("also offers a gluten-free menu - 'is that an oxymoron for Italian?'").
This year the restaurant guide seems to have taken a baby step backward. It still doesn't acknowledge gluten-free dining in its Cuisine and Special Features sections...and its choices of comments for Risotteria and Sambuca are actually misleading. The guide says that at Risotteria "'everything is gluten-free,'" which is just not true. And the guide says that at Sambuca "a separate sans-gluten menu lets everyone 'eat freely'"—a bit of an exaggeration.
Risotteria is still a bargain spot compared to the other rated restaurants. Asia de Cuba still gets a special "top spot" designation. According to the guide, the average tip went up a smidgen to 19%. And I still suspect that Outback Steakhouse is treated too harshly.
So here are the ratings for the NYC GFRAP restaurants listed in Zagat 2008. Alas, the ratings tended to stay the same or decline in comparison with last year's results.
Food: 23 (down 1)
Service: 21 (down 2)
Decor: 17 (down <4)
Estimated dinner for one: $36 (down $4)
Top-rated vegetarian restaurant
ASIA DE CUBA
Decor: 24 (down 1)
Estimated dinner for one: $58 (up $2)
Service: 16 (down 2)
Estimated dinner for one: $23
Gus' Place (reopened, relocated)
Estimated dinner for one: $37
Lumi (unlisted 2007)
Estimated dinner for one: $52
Food: 18 (down 1)
Decor: 16 (up 1)
Estimated dinner for one: $38 (up $2 from 2006)
Food: 14 (down 1)
Service: 15 (down 1)
Decor: 12 (down 1)
Estimated dinner for one: $32