New York City
Food Allergy-Friendly City Guide
New York's density and diversity pack a lot in and offers something for everyone, making it one of the most food allergy-friendly cities you can visit. These businesses aren't all allergen-free, but they are experienced with food allergies and have an educated staff, which is why they made our list. You can make it there.
The quintessential New York nosh. Bagels travel well, and you've got a lot of ground to cover. All of the bagels are nut-free, and they offer every schmear imaginable although note that several do contain nuts. Udi's gluten-free bagels are also available.
Bubby’s, as the name implies, is all about comfort food. The all-American menu coupled with the laid-back vibe is a dream combo for a family-friendly breakfast or lunch spot. Gluten-free bread available.
This diner-style menu offers burgers, fries, shakes, a fun vibe, and a piece of mind –the owner not only has two food allergic children but he also has food allergies.The kitchen is nut-free, and they have a variety of gluten-free options, including bread, waffles, and milkshakes made without malt.
Alice's Tea Cup
This Alice In Wonderland-inspired spot is perfect for refueling with kids. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about food allergies, and while peanut butter is offered, they will help you navigate the menu including sweets. Offerings include several vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free options.
New Yorkers take pizza seriously. It's all about the slice. Ideally served on a paper plate, from a no-frills takeout spot. Eat like a local and skip the wait for the whole pie.
This rustic Italian steakhouse has a wide variety of Italian and steakhouse focused favorites. If allergens allow, they are famous for their “epic’ Chicken Parm Pizza with seasoned bread crumbs, mozzarella, parmesan, and pecorino and served family style.For people with milk allergies, go off the menu and request Pomodoro (a dairy free red sauce) and noodles. The kitchen will gladly serve to those in the know.
Spokin Tip: The bread served to the table comes with pesto, so if you’re allergic to pine nuts make sure to let your waiter know.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's upscale farm-fresh eatery serves Latin American fusion (read: tacos) in a glam space making both adults and kids happy. ABC Cocina is committed to offering fresh, safe and seasonal ingredients sourced from boutique producers.
Eleni's New York
Eleni’s New York is known for its playfully unique cookies, brownies, and cupcakes but they take nut allergies seriously as everything is produced in a peanut and tree-nut free facility. You can find Eleni's located in the popular Chelsea Market - an indoor marketplace consisting of grocers, specialty food shops, and eateries.
Erin McKenna's Bakery
This bakery is full of taste but free of so much – gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, vegan and kosher. They do not bake with peanuts, most tree-nuts or soy but they do use coconut in most of the products.
Spokin Tip: They use gluten-free flours that are processed on equipment that packages hazelnut, almond flours and soy. The manufacturer, Bob’s Red Mill, power washes the machinery between runs. They also discard the initial 30 pounds of flour to prevent cross-contamination.
Dylan's Candy Bar
Step into Dylan’s Candy Bar’s three-story flagship, and you’ve entered a Willy Wonkaesque dream store. Ask a Dylan’s staff member for an allergen guide, a handy card that navigates you through the store and to candy bins that are allergen-free.
A La Mode
Sweet dreams are made of this. A La Mode specializes in small-batch ice cream, "homemade" in a nut-free facility and offering gluten-free and dairy free options. The shop is almost as cute as the names of their flavors including pink sprinkle, wired, and speed bump.
There is no shortage of impressive historical landmarks or architectural triumphs to visit in New York. However, these grand sites and tours can get very crowded so best to spring for the express passes when possible and opt for the shorter tours, so no one gets antsy.
Parks + Outdoors
For a concrete jungle, NYC offers an impressive amount of high quality green space. Whether you are walking The High Line or lounging in Sheep's Meadow in Central Park there are many options for respite from the bustling city streets.
New York boasts a phenomenal selection of Museums. We have selected a few of the most kid friendly options to include in your itinerary. To stay up to date on “what’s on” check out the Art Guide to NYC.
The Holiday Spirit
Holiday Cheer is never in short supply in the big apple. The list of places to see and things to do between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is infinite... here are a few of our favorites.
The Greenwich Hotel
Decorated more like a high end luxury apartment than a hotel, no two rooms are alike in this TriBeca hotel. Large rooms and fantastic service make you and your family feel right at home.
JW Marriott Essex House
The Essex House's prime location allows you to make Central Park your backyard and the incredibly spacious rooms make it perfect for traveling with kids.
The Benjamin Hotel
This hotel is a hidden gem. Incredibly kid friendly with thoughtful features like a kids club, library of children's books, and special kid size robes. A fantastic concierge service makes it a pleasure for adults and children alike.
The Soho Grand
The Soho Grand hits all the high points: beautiful rooms, fabulous location, and kid-friendly services such as babysitting. It is the perfect place to stay in Soho.