Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese in NYC

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A few weeks ago I received an email from Sarita, the owner of S’mac, a restaurant in Manhattan’s East Village. She wanted to let me know that they were now offering a gluten-free version of all of the Macaroni and Cheese on their menu. It’s always exciting to hear about a new gluten-free menu/restaurant option, but I tempered my hopes until I could confirm a few things. I looked at the gluten-free info on their Web site and then asked Sarita how they were preventing cross-contamination. I also wanted to make sure that the cornflake crumbs they were using were indeed gluten-free.

Sarita alleviated my concerns: “We have limited the possibilities of cross-contamination as much as possible right now — the only products that we now serve in the restaurant that contain gluten are the “regular” elbow macaroni and whole-grain elbow macaroni, as well as cookies and brownies. The two pastas are cooked in separate pots than the gluten-free pasta.

As far as the cornflake crumbs go, it did take some work to find genuine GF cornflake crumbs (in bulk quantities) but here is the brand we are using.”
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Sarita is even working with the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program to become a participating restaurant. I followed the positive reviews on the NY Gluten-Free Meetup Board and The CeliacChicks coverage of S’mac and finally made a trip to try their gluten-free wares yesterday afternoon.
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I ordered a gluten-free Cheeseburger S’mac and a gluten-free Parisienne S’mac. While I love a good cheeseburger, I really enjoyed the flavors of the Parisienne – a great combination of sweet and savory – rosemary, brie, roasted mushrooms and figs. It absolutely lives up to their promise of addiction.
SMAC NYC (10)GF Mac and Cheese Web
The gluten-free versions are so good, it was difficult for me to believe that they hadn’t made a mistake with my order. I even double-checked my receipt to make sure they both were designated as “gluten-free.” I wish I lived close enough to get S’mac delivered to my apt though I’m sure my waistline appreciates the fact that I don’t….

SMAC NYCweb
S’mac – Sarita’s Macaroni & Cheese
Address: 345 East 12th Street, NY, NY 10003
Phone: 212-358-7912

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Lynn Barry said,

April 28, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

Outstanding find! HUGS

Marilena said,

April 28, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

i’m like it,i’m italian and I know macaroni very much. i’ve created a new blog,i hope you will came to see….bye!!

Moira said,

May 1, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

Hi there, I stopped by S’mac for some GF mac and cheese last night it was delicious!! Luckily for my pant-size I live all the way out in Brooklyn. Great website bytheway, thanks for all your research and great finds!

Shannon B. said,

May 9, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

Oh man, this makes my mouth totally water. It really makes me happy that more restaurants are taking the Glutenfree plunge. I’m going to NYC next weekend and I’m going to put this on my to eat list — mmmhh.

taliadellacucina said,

June 1, 2008 @ 11:52 am

I noticed that this is not on your list of “favorite” restuarants. Is that list just the best of the best, or is this an oversight? Just wondering because I might not bother otherwise.

A Gluten-Free Guide said,

June 2, 2008 @ 2:30 am

Marilena – thanks for the link, I look forward to reading your blog.

Moira – so glad you enjoyed it. I agree, it’s good for my wardrobe, that I don’t live closer!

Shannon – hope you were able to make it!

Talia – It will definitely be on my list soon – I just haven’t had a chance to update all of the links!

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