Tu-lu’s — New York City

Tulu's chocolate vanilla-cream cheese cupcake

Something tells me this will be the first of many gluten-free dining-out posts on my blog in the months and years to come. I’m still going to write about cookbooks and what I’m cooking at home, but I’m on a quest to find the best gluten-free options for eating out in New York City, so why not document it, right? I’ll keep an alphabetical tally of the places here┬áso you don’t have to search my whole blog for them. First-up is Tu-lu’s Gluten-Free Bakery. In the interest of full disclosure, I know the founder, Tully, personally. Last time I visited though, I wasn’t gluten-free — I was simply curious to see what the treats were like. In fact, Tully has no idea I stopped having gluten and that I came in for a visit over the weekend. I paid for my meal, and there was no special treatment. I have to say that if you’re looking for gluten-free baked goods, Tu-lu’s is a delight. They’ve got an amazing array of desserts including cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and more. I opted for the chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting, a little bit of heaven. It’s gorgeous too.

Tulu's 3-cheese panini

The real reason for this trip was lunch. I hadn’t had anything even remotely resembling a sandwich since going gluten-free about 7 weeks ago. In fact, I was happy to write off sandwiches forever, but then I heard Tu-lu’s had paninis. The sandwiches (three on the menu that day) are pre-made and stored in the refrigerator, but they put them on a panini press for you, which is why this grilled cheese sammy looks so melty and yummy. If you’re gluten-free, then you probably know sandwich bread made without traditional wheat is always going to be a little different than what you’re used to, but don’t let that scare you away. This really satisfies. Of course I’m not comparing it to anything yet, but I think it’s fair for me to say, as long as you understand why this might be a little bit pricey for what it is, you’re going to enjoy it as much as I did. In fact, I’m already thinking about when I can go back and try the other paninis. I also have to mention how nice the staff is at Tu-lu’s. Unlike a lot of New York City bakeries where you’re herded like cattle, the people at Tu-lu’s make you feel extremely welcome.

6 thoughts on “Tu-lu’s — New York City

  1. As a matter of fact, whenever i go to S’mac one block over, i visit Tu-Lu’s because her cupcakes are fab! And you cant help but fall in love with Tully, herself. She’s a ray of sunshine and the cupcakes ARE great. This, coming from me, who doesnt have a gluten allergy.

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