Monday, April 16, 2012

Gluten-Free Watercooler-Duo Restaurant

Duo, a new-comer to Madison Avenue is located between 27th and 28th Streets and lately buzzing for their gorgeous presentation on their brunches and dinners.  I have gone twice.  And the second time was to give a second chance.  Unfortunately this staff is not Gluten-Free friendly at all!  I have reacted twice, and will now spend the next few days itchy.  Total bummer.  I was really rooting for this spot.

Their motto, a quote from the infamous Virginia Wolfe "One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well".  I wish this were true.  In this day of allergies, it is imperative that in order for a new comer to withstand any test of time, their staff must be 'in the know' when it comes to a gluten allergy or any other allergy for that matter.

This spot had so much potential.  A very 'she-she' staff, gorgeous paintings of fairies and ladies on the wall, beautiful decor with leather and nail head studded chairs and fantastic presentation when it came to the food.

Too bad Gluten-free is not on their list of importance.  I would NOT recommend this spot for anyone with an allergy.

However if you are not gluten-free, you will enjoy this spot.

Enjoy! xoxo Julie

Gluten-Free Watercooler-Bar Brenton

So sad!  I just went to make a reservation at Bar Brenton; a French eatery that had a huge gluten-free menu and was known for their Buckwheat crepes-has closed!!

To be honest I had gone only once and didn't love it, but everyone I know did, and I am shocked to hear that this restaurant couldn't stand the test of time.

However in replace of Bar Brenton stands a new restaurant called La Quenelle that opened in March 2012 with the same chef and staff, but a different menu.  I called to find out if their menu was gluten-free...and sadly it is not, but they do have plenty of gluten-free options and the waitstaff is very gf friendly.  I also looked at their website and it looks scrumptious!  

I think this new spot deserves a try.

Enjoy! xoxo Julie