And so begins my journey. As you learned from yesterday's post, my blog is undergoing many changes, all of which includes new restaurant reviews! My goal is to eat my way through various cities and bring recognition to the restaurants dedicated to health-conscious, gluten-free eaters... like myself! I can't be the only one looking for good grub, after all.
One of the first restaurants I got to was Upland NYC. It's a newer place around the Flatiron District and it is absolutely phenomenal. I met with a blogger friend, Jackie @ Gluten-Free Follow Me, and enjoyed some quality girl time over some quality food. 'Twas delightful all around. It's so nice to have blogger friends to enjoy a meal with.
We split three different appetizers. At first glace, the plates looked small, but damn they were filling. The first was a little gem salad. I was expecting it to be a sweeter salad. However, it was more so savory with a hint of sweet from the pear. Loved the crunch from the almonds.
My favorite was the crispy mushroom dish, no doubt. I have only had portabellos and white buttons before, so it was nice to taste a hen-of-the-woods mushroom (seasonal). It was a lightly fried (un-breaded) mushroom that had such a light, yet meaty taste to it. I usually avoid dairy, but the goat cheese underneath it added such richness. Since I'm still fairly new to the foodie world, the waiter had to make it clear that "hen-of-the-woods" was not an animal. Rookie mistake.
Of course, the third appetizer that we split was originally chosen because it had brussel sprouts. Instant no-brainer However, the fish that came with the sprouts (okay, okay... the sprouts that came with the fish), was cooked perfectly. I haven't had cooked fish in a long time, so this was a nice change. I've been rolling raw as of late. #sushiproblems
Jackie had the right idea and asked to see the dessert menu at the end of our meal. We decided on the Cheesecake Creme Brulee, which was truly like nothing I have ever had before. It was more of a whipped dessert and very airy. The cranberries added a nice tart, but I have to be honest- the candied top was not my favorite. Who would have ever thought that something could be too sweet? Well, I was able to remove the candied top and eat the cheesecake mousse. I was really pleased with this meal overall. The best part? Not one hint of guilt after eating the dessert. I think it's time to begin enjoying dessert more often.
I hope you get a chance to check out Uptown if you ever visit NYC! It's a gluten-friendly, dairy-friendly, and very accommodating spot.
Have you eaten in NYC before? Where should I go next?