Friday, July 27, 2012

Gluten-Free Watercooler-Barrio 47 Restaurant







 Last night I had a birthday party at Barrio 47.  I was a little worried since it was more like tapas plates, and me being gluten-free and all, but my friend assured me the manager said they could do gluten-free and were familiar with it.

I got there very early.  It was such a cute spot!  I would go back in a heartbeat!!  It was a quirky little restaurant with a FABULOUS bar downtown on 8th avenue and Horatio street.  Heart of the village.  Upon entering there were tons of fun jars with peppers and fruits used for drinks.  The two bartenders made amazing concoctions and were super friendly.

They tend to use a lot of tequila and rice milk, both of which are gluten-free, so in my book this place was already getting stellar ratings in my book.  The bartender made me a tasting of rice milk, tequila and a hint of ginger.  Delicious.  Even the glass was pretty.  Then I had a rice milk tequila cocktail with orange and an herb, maybe it was mint or basil or even Thyme. Delicious!!

                                       Fresh fruits in quirky jars for a bit of zing in your drink
                                             Thyme for something different in your drinks!
My new drink: Tequila and Rice Milk-surprisingly refreshing!

This little spot was very authentic.  I felt like I wasn't even in NYC, which is a great feeling.  A transporting experience some would say.  Going to restaurants like that make me want to move to downtown NYC.  It's just so chill and different downtown, much more hipster then midtown.  Being at that restaurant made me want to chill at the corner table looking mysterious with a very old paperback book of Catcher In The Rye or something like that.  

The food was amazing!  Prosciutto and Burrata and branzino with Shitake mushrooms and asparagus.  (My pee smelled this morning, does that ever happen to you when you eat asparagus?  For that reason alone I do not eat asparagus on dates or weekend getaways with boyfriends).  The Burrata was soft and flavorful and prosciutto always wins my heart.

I'm not a Branzino fan, but this was a dish they could prepare gluten-free, minus the crispy zucchini.  Us gluten-free eaters can't have it all, but we can certainly come close!

I definitely recommend this spot!  I heart you Barrio 47!  And a special happy birthday to my friend Marci!

Happy birthday Marci! (That dessert is not gluten-free)

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

3 comments:

  1. Looks like a great place for the gluten free population to visit. That tequila and rice milk drink is pretty interesting too!

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  2. I am happy for you that you have celebrated your birthday party fantastic, despite the fact that you are just limited to gluten-free foods. I commend the resto where you celebrated your birthday, at least they know how to prepare gluten-free foods. They give you an unforgettable moment of your life.

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  3. Hi GF Breakfast!,

    Nope that was not me or my birthday that was a friend of mine. But I was the only GF girl there and their waitstaff was very helpful!

    RSVP Restaurant,
    That drink was divine! A definite favorite!!

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