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Upper West Side: Gluten-Free Store, G-Free NYC, to Open April 20

G-Free NYC gluten free store opens on UWS April 20. Photo by Margaret Magnarelli.

Celiacs and gluten-intolerant folks rejoice! G-Free NYC, a shop selling gluten free products, will open April 20, according to the company’s web site and reports by DNA Info and My Upperwest.

The shop will be located on 85th Street between Columbus and Central Park West. Featured will be products ranging from pasta and chips to frozen foods to fresh baked rugelach, vegan apple crumb pie and of course, cupcakes.

“We’ve all tried one too many products that taste like cardboard or have the texture of sand,” says the store’s web site, which aims to provide tasty fare.

It’s the first store in Manhattan devoted entirely to gluten-free foods. Delivery is promised soon.

G-Free NYC
77A W. 85th Street
New York, NY 10024 |
646 781 9770

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Upper West Side: Recipe Has Best Lunch Deal in Town

Pumpkin Gnochi. Photo: Intrepidation via flickr.

If you’re looking for a cheap and scrumptious lunch, treat yourself to the two-course special at Recipe on Amsterdam Ave. and 82nd Street.

For $ 11.95 a friend and I had fried pumpkin gnocchi with shredded chicken, turnips, and brussel sprouts, then red snapper resting on a bed of creamy polenta studded with calamari, mussles and other seafood. Both were delectable, though the red snapper beat out the gnocchi by a hair. It was the kind of thoughtfully prepared meal with great ingredients that you’d travel below 14th Street for—and wind up paying triple the price.

Recipe
452 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024-8604
(212) 501-7755

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Upper West Side Restaurants: Falafel, Druze Restaurants Turn Neighborhood Into a Middle Eastern Mecca

Soom Soom. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

If you want falafel or maybe something more exotic from the Middle East, the Upper West Side is sprouting an array of joints to help you sample cuisines from around the region.

Soom Soom, which opened recently on 72nd Street just east of Broadway is a falafel lovers delight. The golden orbs are perfectly fried, then tucked into loaves of pillowy pita. Best of all is the salad bar-like set up which allows you to pile your falafel high with all the veggies and sauces—not to mention endless tahini—that make a falafel a meal in itself.

I went wild at the salad bar—to the point that my sandwich was really a tower of  toppings with the falafel shoved into the bottom of the pita almost as an afterthought.

Also new to the neighborhood is a restaurant serving up Druze cuisine. Another Gazala Place, which already has an eatery in Hell’s Kitchen, is to be situated at 380 Columbus Avenue, near 78th Street, Grub Street reports. Druze dishes are similar to those found in other Middle Eastern countries, but instead of pita, the Druze use a thin crepe called sagg.

Not on the Upper West Side, but yearning for a great falafel?

Click here for Serious Eats’ Best Falafel list.

Soom Soom

166 West 72nd Street
New York, NY
212 712 2525

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Upper West Side: Truffle Store Comes to the Neighborhood

Fresh Truffles. Photo: Urbani Truffles.

Truffles?  What ever happened to lox as the delicacy of choice on the Upper West Side?

The neighborhood is going ever more upscale with the opening of Urbani Truffles on West End Avenue at 60th Street. The shop is slated to open sometime in September, says  Vittorio Giordano, Urbani’s VP.

Truffles, of course, come from the Piedmont section of Italy. And the site of the new store couldn’t be more different than that lush area, which is marked by rolling vineyards and quaint hilltop towns. (I just spent a week there, dining on truffle accented dishes and drinking lots of Barolo.) In fact, the shop, a glittering glass boutique, is situated directly across from a grungy parking lot, the hulking Con-Ed plant, and Western Beef.

Why the less-than-scenic locale?  “Because it’s Manhattan and West End Avenue,” explains Giordano. The area is “improving,” predicts the truffle seller, with Trump and other towers springing up along the western side of the street.

Ubrbani mostly sells wholesale but you can buy their products online and eventually at the new store.

By the way, Urbani Truffles “are certified kosher,” says Giordano.

The day I was there, the place was still under construction. But already  cans of truffle pate, and packages of truffle oil and black and white truffles were on display like precious jewels.

Want a truffle fix? Of course, it’s not cheap

In Piedmont, I was able to buy various truffle pates for about 5 Euros or $8 at the exchange rate in early July. At Urbani, four ounces of fresh summer truffles are $59.90. More affordable is a jar of mushroom and truffle sauce for $8.26.

You can have fresh white and black truffles delivered right to your doorstep within 24 hours as well. And you can find Urbani truffle products at Citarella’s and at Agata and Valentina’sl.

Urbani Truffles
10 West End Avenue (60th Street)
212 2478800
www.urbanitrufflesonline.com.

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Upper West Side: Cupcake Cafe Crumbs Moves into Shiny New Digs on Amsterdam Ave.

Cupcakes. Photo: CRUMBS Bake Shop

Not able to resist an apparently unstoppable trend, New Yorker’s continue to wolf down cupcakes. In fact,the Upper West Side branch of Crumbs has moved into shiny new digs.  And the chain is expanding nationwide.

In a recent story, the Wall Street Journal, wrote about New Yorkers’ obsession with the little frosted cakes.  Personally, I don’t get it. I know they’re considered by many a cheap indulgence, but frankly, it’s kid food for adults.

If you’re looking for the new Upper West Side Crumbs, you can find it at 350 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th.

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