Today in NYC the weather was yummy! The air was warm and crisp and I didn't even need a jacket. What a lovely day for brunch. Luckily my brother and I already had plans. He, who is not gluten-free suggests we go to Friedmans Lunch located in the heart of the Chelsea Market on 9th Ave. between 15th and 16th Street. I was really glad he chose this place because I have read in so many other gluten-free blogs that they have a great gluten-free menu. Perfect choice brother!
What's strange I think, is that I have never been to Chelsea Market in all of the ten years I have lived in NYC. Shame on me! The market looks less like a market and more of a long path of indoor bakeries, food spots, wine spots, Flower markets and grocery markets. It's actually really cool! The inside is rustic and wooden and I almost felt like I was in a ride at Epcot Center in Disney World. When I walked in, I was overwhelmed. There were so many people and a long maze/path of unknown road. I asked the security guard where the restaurant was and he said all the way down to your right. I did not think I would be walking for a long time. Little did I know I'd be walking a path to the 'rabbit hole' in a complete confused daze. That place is huge! Not easy to find if you are a newbie. Which I was.
It was casual when I walked in, almost like I didn't expect to see it here in NYC, maybe somewhere south. Friedmans had a relaxed and homey atmosphere. The wait staff was super friendly and inviting, and the food was fantastic. The menu isn't huge I have to admit, but there are great gluten free choices on the menu. Everything on the menu with a asterisk/dot is gluten-free. This is the first restaurant I have seen or been to besides Rissoteria that has gluten-free sandwiches. I had the Blackened CatFish Sandwich with Collared Greens/Pickles and mixed greens. Yum! My brother had (also gluten-free) the Corn Grits with 2 eggs over easy and grilled shrimp, along with GF Sausage. Double yum!
GF Blackened Catfish Sandwich with Collared Greens and Pickles
Open faced Catfish Sandwich
GF Corn Grits with 2 Eggs over Easy and Grilled Shrimp
Would I come back here? Absolutely! I have already told my entire family about Friedmans Lunch, and I am considering taking my book club here. It's a perfect spot.
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