Pardon me while I interrupt this crazy Christmas week with a foodie-filled post! As you all know, I am doing my best to eat my way through the many cities that surround me. This week's highlight is New York City (er, New Fork City). I have two quick lunch spots that are super convenient for carnivores, herbivores, and gluten-free foodies alike!
Joy Burger Bar
I was walking through West Village when I stumbled upon this sign outside of Joy Burger Bar.
Of course, any place that explicitly serves and welcomes gluten-free peeps automatically has my attention. Not to mention I haven't had a burger from a restaurant in over three years. THREE YEARS. I figured it was time to change that.
I stopped in and grabbed a Midi Burger (5 oz.) with lettuce, tomato, and onion with a chimichurri sauce on the side.
This place is known for its slew of burger toppings and sauces, but I kept it simple and also got some hot sauce. Well, because everything tastes better with hot sauce.
I requested a gluten-free bun. As you can see, it didn't hold up and began to crumble mid-meal.
That however clearly did not stop me from wiping my plate clean. I don't think anything ever will.
Joy Burger Bar has two NYC locations. If you love burgers and love a quick eat, then I recommend visiting the West Village or Upper East Side locations.
My next stop was Hummus Place (not in the same day, of course). I heard about this place through the gluten-free grapevine, so I had to check it out. Fresh-made hummus? Sign me up. I stopped in their second of three locations, which was also in West Village.
Ever since Alexis and Samantha @ Double Dose Fitness introduced me into Mediterranean, I have been craving grape leaves. When I saw that Hummus Place offered them on their menu, I knew I had to get some. I started with the Stuffed Grape Leaves, which were served with a mint yogurt sauce (it tasted much better than it looked). They were exactly what I remembered having before and tasted even better this time around. The three grape leaves were the perfect portion too.
As an entree, I went with the Shakshuka, which is a tomato stew with eggplant, peppers, and two soft-boiled eggs. This dish was so flavorful, so filling, and so WARM! It's soup season, so the Shakshuka was just what I needed... even if I mispronounced it when I first ordered. #rookiemistake Thank goodness the staff was accommodating and willing to give a language lesson. Not only did I walk out of there with my belly full, I walked out of there with some newfound knowledge too!
Join me as I eat my way through NYC and locate all of the delicious, yet mindful meals!
Where should I go next? Any recommendations?