I’m very serious about my brunch. Brunch is somewhat of a movement in NYC. I normally stick to eggs since they’re celiac friendly, but I was fortunate enough to stumble upon Friedman’s who offers a full gluten free menu, including pancakes! Check out all the deets of my gluten-free brunch below.
One of the Friedman’s pioneers was diagnosed with celiac prior to the opening of the first location in Chelsea. Because of this, she was adamant that the menu be entirely gluten-free and celiac friendly. Friedman’s has several locations and offers a diverse menu with everything from pancakes to a pastrami reuben…and all the gluten-free goodness.
Aside from normal table seating, Friedman’s also provides counter seating and communal seating. The environment is laid back and welcoming. I was seated pretty quickly since I was ok with a counter seat.
There are two sides to the restaurant: Friedman’s and Brown’s. Brown’s has more of a 1950s diner feel and also offers quick takeaway such as gluten-free bagels and coffee. When you eat at Friedman’s you may be seated on either side.
My gluten-free brunch
Between the specials for that day and the regular menu, I was torn as to what to choose. One of the specials was gluten-free pancakes with blueberry compote ~ drool. I was also in the mood for the pastrami hash because…pastrami and…hash. Need I say more? I mentioned my conundrum to the server and she informed me that I could add a pancake to any entreé for $5. $5 per pancake is a little steep, but I went for it anyway…and I did not regret it. Would I pay $5 for one pancake everytime I go…probably not. But, when I have the craving occasionally, it’s worth the splurge.
The pancake was moist and the blueberry compote was delicious and full of all the blueberry goodness. I could have eaten the pancake without any syrup, but I added syrup anyway because…syrup. Get in my belly!
The pastrami hash came with two sunny side up eggs, hashbrowns and super thick diced pastrami. I love this dish because I have a thing for dishes with different foods all mixed up in a bowl. I don’t know why. The pastrami was seasoned really well and the sunny side up eggs were the glue that brought everything together. That yumminess in the silver tin is blueberry butter.
I really enjoyed my Friedman’s gluten-free brunch. That pastrami hash may be my new go-to. The atmosphere was very chill, the food was delicious, and everyone – especially my server – was very nice and accommodating. I’ll be back and I’m getting dessert next time!