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5 Gluten-Free Pastas in NYC To Try Right Now

At this point, it’s clear that the gluten-free craze isn’t going away. Whether you have allergies or just want to avoid gluten, nowadays you can get delicious meals that are completely gluten-free at top restaurants in New York City. Yes, that applies to even the holiest of carbohydrate-filled, normally wheat-laden ingredients — pasta. From ramen to spaghetti to artisanal noodles, these five comforting pasta dishes are good enough for everyone to eat.


Shojin ramen at Ippudo

The vegan, gluten-free shojin ramen at Ippudo is made with rice noodles (Photo: Courtesy of Ippudo)

Paccheri Napolitana at Stella 34 Trattoria
After a busy day shopping at Macy’s Herald Square, sit back and enjoy a hearty plate of tantalizing paccheri napolitana, a pasta dish made with braised beef ragu, carmelized onion and Parmigiano Reggiano, at this in-department store restaurant. The large and airy Italian spot has a rice-based, gluten-free pasta option, so you can get this dish, as well as any of the other noodle offerings on the menu sans wheat. What better excuse than this to store your bags under the seat, take in the view of the Empire State Building, and indulge in the ultimate comfort food? 151 W 34th St., 212-967-9251;

Yesterday’s 100 Layer Lasagna at Del Posto
Gluten-free gourmands can pamper themselves with a heaping plate of pasta at Mario Batali’s Chelsea eatery. Pull up a stool at the regal bar, or get a cozy, intimate table in the back and order a plate of hand-made, gluten-free pasta like the decadent lasagna, a tower of meat, cheese and bits of vegetable. Chef Mark Ladner makes all the pasta in house, and in the case of gluten-free, he uses gluten-free flour instead of the usual stuff. The best part, just about every pasta dish offered on the menu can be made this way, so those allergic to gluten should head here to get thier fill of elegant Italian fare. 85 10th Ave., 212-497-8090;

Pomodoro at Carmine’s
Dig into a plate of classic plum tomato, white wine, garlic and prosciutto-laden pomodoro sauce over a heaping plate of gluten-free pasta at this popular Italian mini-chain in the Theater District. Here, they offer guests fusilli-style pasta made with corn flour, which you can get on request. The flavor proves comparable to the normal wheat noodles, and guests at any of the New York locations can get this special pasta topped with any of the restaurant’s 15 sauces, including pesto, giardiniera and clam sauce. 200 W. 44th St., 212-221-3800;

Shojin Ramen at Ippudo
No longer do gluten-free folk have to sit on the sidelines of the ramen craze. At Ippudo’s Hell’s Kitchen location, piping hot bowls of shojin ramen (shojin is a reference to a type of Zen Buddhist temple cooking that’s meat-free) come with koshihikari rice noodles. From there, the dish gets pilled high with the usual suspects: sesame kikurage mushrooms, red pickled ginger, scallions and menma, otherwise known as seasoned bamboo shoots. Of course, you can also give this bowl a meaty kick by adding braised pork belly or chashu, a classic type of Japanese roasted pork. 321 W 51st St., 212-974-2500;

Spaghetti with Truffle at Abboccato Italian Kitchen
With delicate, roasted porcini cream, truffle oil and imported Grana Padano cheese, this pasta has all the luxuries one desires from a dish. Give that it’s also gluten free, it makes the perfect pre-theater meal. Though chef David Arias doesn’t currently make his own gluten-free pasta, he says that plans to start producing it in-house with gluten-free flour are in the works. Until, then, spaghetti or penne is offered, which you can get topped with the aforementioned combination or four other tasty options. 136 W 55th St., 212-265-4000;

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