Wednesday, July 02, 2008


Summer Hours
Risotteria recently posted its summer hours: The popular GFRAP restaurant will be closed on July 4 as well as August 11 through August 18, 2008.

Shipping Risotteria now ships some of its foods and mixes, including its Black & White Cookies ($4.50 each at the time of this post). For more information, you can phone Risotteria at 212-924-6664 during the afternoon (EST).

Breadstick Recipe Out of the GFNYC archives, here's info on the recipe for Risotteria's beloved gluten-free breadsticks.

Photo: David Marc Fischer


Anonymous said...

Question for you - I am coming to NYC for a few days. Do you have any MUST DO restaurants for the gluten intolerant? I am seeing on your blog that there are many choices - which ones are the BEST?


David Marc Fischer said...

Dear anonymous--I actually try to avoid anointing the "BEST" of the NYC restaurants on the GFRAP program, partly because I think that might hurt unchosen restaurants that are trying to help us, and partly because the restaurants are still so few and varied (in many respects, including location, prices, decor, and cuisines) that it's more helpful to focus on their strong points and distinguishing characteristics, which I've tried to cover here and on my Gluten-Free NYC website and map (see the links in the sidebar). And I would say that, so far, each restaurant on the program has its strong points.

For example, S'MAC is a kick if you're interested in mac-and-cheese and a safe, relatively low-priced (but probably highly caloric) meal served in a cozy fast-foodish setting in the East Village. People do rave about the Risotteria experience, which includes welcoming breadsticks, pizza, an assortment of baked desserts, and a choice of gf beers in the West Village. Due to the crowds and the acoustics, it's not necessarily great to take a meeting there, though (unless it's during off-hours). And then there's the elegant atmosphere and haute cuisine of the vegan Candle 79 on the Upper East Side. Southwest of Candle 79 you'd find the pan-Asian cooking of Lilli and Loo; northeast you'd find the chicken fingers, fries, Buffalo wings, and cheesecake (and gf beer) of Peters'. And so on and so forth.

However, by searching on this blog, you should also be able to find how many of the restaurants were rated in the Zagat survey, and you can also get an idea of how the restaurants have done in their Department of Health inspections. You can also look up the restaurants on sites such as menupages to find more opinions. And, of course, there are the other reviews from gluten-free bloggers.

Of course, I hope this is useful to you, and I hope you have a great visit to NYC and a great time getting to know the GFRAP restaurants for yourself.