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Slew of Gluten-Free Eateries Open on the Upper East Side

By Shaye Weaver | August 3, 2015 7:43am | Updated on August 4, 2015 6:55pm
 Noglu is one of the newest additions to the list of gluten-free restaurants on the Upper East Side.
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UPPER EAST SIDE — The Upper East Side is quickly becoming an oasis for those who eschew gluten.

There's been an influx in gluten-free bakeries and restaurants opening in the neighborhood in recent months, with even more on the way — including a Rice Krispies cafe called Treat House which opened last week and By The Way bakery, which is set to launch this fall.

DNAinfo New York has compiled a list of spots for those looking to ditch wheat and grains:

► Noglu Restaurant and Epicerie: 1266 Madison Ave., between 90th and 91st streets.

Opening at the end of September, this French restaurant offers a completely gluten-free menu including quiches, croque monsieur, pizza, lasagna and its club sandwich.

The eatery, which is still under construction, will be the company's first outpost in America, according to owner Frédérique Jules.

"We want to offer as much of Paris as possible," Jules said. "I have a lot of customers from New York who are visiting Noglu Paris. I love New York City and it is one of my dreams [to open a restaurant there]."

The restaurant is expected to be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

► Treat House: 1566 Second Ave., between 81st and 82nd streets

Treat House, which opened July 20, delivers the traditional Rice Krispies treats with a gourmet twist for $2.50 a piece. Each one is kosher, gluten-free and dairy-free.

The rice treats come in a myriad of flavors and in all sorts of forms, including lollipops and ice cream bars.

This is the company's second location. Its Upper West Side outpost opened in 2013.

The Upper East Side location is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

► By The Way Bakery: 1236 Lexington Ave. near East 84th Street

By The Way Bakery is planning to open its third shop on the Upper East Side by early October. Its menu features gluten-free, dairy-free and kosher cakes, cookies, brownies and pastries.

The goods are baked each morning at its Westchester location and are then shipped to its bakeries, which includes one that's already open on the Upper West Side.

It will open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Other more established eateries in the neighborhood with gluten-free options include:

► Bistango: 145 East 50th St., between Lexington and Third avenues

Bistango, a casual Italian eatery, can make all of its menu items gluten-free, including its pastas, stuffed pastas, pizza, bread and desserts.

The restaurant began serving gluten-free dishes in 2006 when a customer said she had Celiac disease and asked for a dish that would be safe for her to eat, according to co-owner Anthony Avellino.

He has estimated that about 50 percent of Bistango's clientele come to the restaurant specifically for the gluten-free options.

The restaurant has a second location on East 29th Street which has been in business since 1988. Its Upper East Side location opened in 2014.

It's open Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

► Lilli and Loo: 792 Lexington Avenue, between 61st and 62nd streets.

This Chinese and Asian restaurant with a sushi bar advertises a long list of gluten-free items, from pork dumplings to pad thai and even a blueberry pound cake.

The eatery also has gluten-free lunch specials during the week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and has special gluten-free sushi rolls that use gluten-free soy sauce.

It's open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and from noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

► Dos Toros Taqueria: 1111 Lexington Ave., between 77th and 78th streets.

Dos Toros prides itself on its gluten-free menu. Only its flour tortillas for burritos and quesadillas contain the protein, according to its website.

Customers can order tacos or a plato, which is the same as a burrito without the tortilla, on a bed of lettuce.

It's open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.