Dishes to Die For?

By Jean Hannah Edelstein | Last Updated May 07, 2018
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Snowdays NYC offers dairy-free ice cream in Forest Hills, Queens.
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Food allergies can put a real damper on dining out. It’s embarrassing having to explain your allergies again and again to servers, and it’s downright scary if they don’t take you seriously. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to kick off brunch or dinner by explaining that shellfish could really kill me. It’s a conversation that can put a damper on a fun meal out.


But there are plenty of spots in Queens where the team will go the extra mile to ensure that you can enjoy a great meal without breaking out in a rash, or worse. Here are a few to get you started. Remember: Even if you think it’s super unlikely, it’s always worth mentioning your allergy to wait staff so that it’s at the top of their minds.

Thirsty Koala

The Thirsty Koala is a gluten free option in Astoria, Queens New York
Why We Love It: Astoria’s take on Australian cuisine is served up in a restaurant that’s hypersensitive to folks who need to stay away from gluten. Thanks to the gluten-free flour mix they make in-house, long-...
|35-12 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, NY, us
|(718) 626-5430


Snowdays NYC offers dairy free ice cream in Forest Hills, Queens New York.
Why We Love It: The next time your lactose-loving friends invite you out for a cooldown dessert, insist on Snowdays in Flushing or Forest Hills. Here, you can order shaved vegan coconut ice cream and top it with...
|72-24 Austin Street, Forest Hills, NY, us


Uma's Restaurant in Rockaway Beach, Queens New York
Why We Love It: If you’re allergic to seafood like I am, kosher cuisine is a great goto. Kosher rules ban shellfish consumption, so you can be certain there’s no chance of crustacean contamination in the kitchen...
|92-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park, NY, us
|(718) 318-9100

Samudra Vegetarian Restaurant & Chaat House

Samudra Vegetarian Restaurant & Chaat House in Jackson Heights, Queens New York
Why We Love It: Queens’ wonderland of East Asian food is likely a no-go if you’re worried about a peanut allergy. But don’t get sad: Go to Jackson Heights. This veggie joint serves dishes from both the north...
|75-18 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY, us

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