It’s finally starting to get warm so perhaps I should be contemplating a less errr, dessert-heavy diet, but I can’t help sharing my recent NYC gluten-free dessert discoveries.
I love the restaurant Candle 79 and wish I could afford to indulge in their organic fare more often. They make vegan cuisine so delicious and sustaining, you could take any meat-eater there and leave fully satisfied. They also do gluten-free desserts amazingly well. David from GF NYC sang such praise for their gluten-free chocolate almond cake that I had to try it. It fully lived up to the hype. In fact when I shared one last weekend, it was gone so fast our server probably questioned if she had remembered to bring it to us.
Did you know that you can sample over 20 kinds of gluten-free cookies at a restaurant in Manhattan? I sure didn’t. A couple weeks ago, as I was picking up some gluten-free goodies to take to my friend’s house for a dinner at her apt in Queens, I stopped in at Mozzarelli’s (remember their gluten-free pizza weekend?) to see what kind desserts they had. While I knew they had a huge variety of gluten-free cakes, brownies, cheesecake and more, I was stunned to see a whole wall of gluten-free cookies and a table allowing you to sample ALL of them. One of my biggest complaints about gluten-free baked goods is spending the extra money only to be disappointed when you get home. I found so many great options at Mozzarelli’s I was barely hungry when I arrived at my friend’s place. Luckily I am a hearty eater and managed to make room for dinner (and dessert). Even my gluten-glutton friends loved the gluten-free cookies and bread that I brought. Erik and Kate preferred the rosemary shortbread cookie (yes I said rosemary – it was delish) but I was partial to the vanilla cream sandwich cookies. The options are so varied at Mozzarelli’s, I am convinced anyone can find something to suit their tastes (they even have sugar-free gluten-free cookies [though they weren’t my favorite…]).
38 E 23rd St, New York 10010
Btwn Park & Madison Ave
Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm
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