My college roommate Alexis was in town this weekend. She calls me her “restaurant wind-up toy – just wind her up and follow her for great food.” With these high expectations, I knew I had to deliver something tasty. I picked a spot for dinner weeks ago, but I wasn’t sure about dessert.
Last week another friend sent me a link to the web site of Lula’s Sweet Apothecary – a sweets shop seemingly from yesteryear operating today in Manhattan’s East Village. Their web site advertises gluten-free options but doesn’t give much more info. Since I trust my friend’s recommendations, I knew that it was worth a visit. Fast forward 10 days, and I have been to Lula’s twice and can’t wait for my next excuse to go back.
Not only does Lula’s boast a wide-array of gluten-free ice cream flavors, they also have gluten-free ice cream cones! Gluten-free frozen yogurt options abound in NYC, and I have seen gluten-free flavors designated at places like Grom, but this was my first time, outside of Italy, that I was able to order dessert in a gluten-free cone.
Actually, since I like my ice cream melty and didn’t want to feel rushed, I asked for my double scoop to be served in a bowl with a gluten-free cone on top. They gladly obliged, satisfying my sweet whim with no extra charge.
On my first visit (without my camera) they had tempting gluten-free brownies. The effectiveness of their brownie sundae sign was proven yesterday as there were no brownies left by the time we went to indulge our sweet tooth. Luckily, we had some chocolate toffee candy my friend brought back for me from his recent trip to San Francisco. The three of us squeezed into the stools in this darling shop savoring our sweet delights.
Thanks to Lula’s my reputation as a superb culinary tourguide remains intact. Finding a restaurant worthy of recommendation is always a pleasure, and this particular neighborhood makes it almost too easy – Mercadito Cantina, Knife + Fork, Prune, Terroir, S’mac and Back 40 are just a few of the options. I can’t wait for Alexis’s next trip. Options for her next food-filled itinerary are already swirling around – I’m warming up to the idea of being a ‘wind-up toy’ for deliciousness.
Lula’s Sweet Apothecary
Address: 516 East 6th Street, btw Avenues A & B NY, NY 10009
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