Well, folks, I braved that which lies beyond Westchester and Rockland County. I went UPSTATE (gasp). During the WINTER (horror). And I lived to tell the tale... without so much as even getting cross contaminated.
Granted, I'm sure this is horribly ethnocentric of me, but I fear eating outside of NYC. In a place where waiters have seen it all and heard it all, many are well versed in food allergies and willing to mess around with the menu to get me something good.
My awesome, awesome boyfriend and I ventured up north to Cooperstown, home of the baseball hall of fame, for a romantic long weekend between his birthday and Valentine's Day. The weekend was great. And surprisingly, so was the food! I definitely did my fair share of planning, reading menus mostly, and ended up finding many a gluten free treat in this quaint little town.
Strolling down Main Street, we saw Danny's Main Street Italian Market, which had a sign in the window boasting that they now served gluten free baked goods and muffins. Too bad they were closed for the weekend... But all the same, I report to you all that it exists and has good reviews on Google.
Lucky for us celiacs, Cooperstown is a breakfast town, and breakfast is the easiest meal to do gluten free (unless you go to IHOP where those fascists put pancake mix in their omelettes for some strange reason) thanks to the incredible, edible egg. Both cafes we chose for breakfast/brunch (Doubleday Cafe and the super tiny Cooperstown Diner) kept the toast off the plate and my tummy happy with their awesome omelettes. All I had to say was no toast - I have a severe wheat allergy, and I was good to go.
For dinner, I highly recommend Alex and Ika. Their menu boasted "continental cuisine" which normally makes me think about a bad buffet at a wedding, but that is not what you'll find here. The steamed clams and scallop appetizers were fantastic, as was my steak entree. And all were gluten free without any modifications necessary! Their menu changes seasonally, but based on the attitude of the wait staff, you should have no problem finding something that works easily (and tastily) for you here.
For the inbetween meals and snacks, I was dying to try some of Cooperstown's famous chili. We stumbled into The Pit, beneath the Tunnicliff Inn and sampled some of the town's finest, also naturally gluten free.
Happy Hall of Faming!
((Psssst! Anyone looking for a hotel recommendation? I wanted privacy - no B&Bs for this girl. And Gateway Inn & Suites really delivered. We got a free upgrade. Room was clean, cozy and warm. Perfect for unwinding after a long day of touristy fun. I know the website is a wee bit ghetto, but the Inn is not at all.))