Gluten-Free Dishes to Order {Jersey City Edition}

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Whether you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, the hassle {and the value} of getting quality food that is truly gluten-free at a favorite neighborhood eatery is real. Luckily, more gluten-free options at restaurants are becoming the norm, but finding a place that not only has choices but also tempting carb-tastic ones is indeed a hard-to-find gem. Not to fear — below are some restaurants in Jersey City that have gluten-free options — both super accommodating for your dietary needs and amazing food, minus the gluten…from breakfast all the way to happy hour.

Brownstone Diner {426 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City + 860 River Road, Edgewater}

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Wanting a piece of Brownstone’s famous breakfast but aren’t in the mood for an omelette {which if gluten-free, you’re probably sick of by now}? The next best thing is finding out that yes, they do have gluten-free pancakes! Additionally, substitute GF for any of the crazy fun compilations already on the menu. Read more about our visit here.

The Cliff {38 Congress Street}

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Situated in the Heights, this BYOB breakfast/lunch spot offers any of their entrees or meals on gluten-free bread – think avocado toast, kimchi grilled cheese {and you thought grilled cheese couldn’t get any better} with tasty smoothies and coffee to boot.

WHOS Gluten-Free {80 Mallory Avenue}

This all-natural bakery and brunch joint has a dedicated gluten-free kitchen serving all manner of treats including cupcakes, cookies and granola. Check out their highly reviewed bagels {fresh, not frozen} as well as their pizza and other brunch options every Saturday from 11-4.

READ: 6 Healthy Food Delivery Services in Hoboken + Jersey City

John’s Pizzeria {87 Sussex Street}

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Located in the Paulus Hook section of town on Sussex Street, John’s has awesome gluten-free personal pizzas that are big enough {and then some} for 1 person, made using John’s own dough — so no frozen stuff that’s just been re-heated {note: the pizzas are cooked in the same oven as regular pizza, but can be cooked on a separate pan at your request}. So pile on the yummy toppings and relish in the true pizza experience you’ve been dreaming about since you cut gluten out of your diet.

Two Boots {133 Newark Avenue}

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Everyone’s favorite neighborhood joint with funky pizzas also offers something for the gluten-free {and vegan, too}. Featuring personal pre-made gluten-free pies, now you don’t have to feel left out of the {pizza} party to eat at Two Boots.

Amelia’s Bistro {187 Warren Street}

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A great place for a night out, the numerous gluten-free options off Amelia’s extensive menu are particularly on-point. The very helpful wait staff will identify all gluten-free items on their menu {as well as items that can be made GF}, including their delectable selection of GF crostinis and the chicken tikka masala meatballs, which you must try. Amelia’s also has a large selection of entrees for your dietary needs and, if you are still hungry for dessert, they’ll make you a pretty rad ice cream sundae if you ask.

Roman Nose {125 Newark Avenue}

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Arguably one of the best places to get Italian in downtown Jersey City, Roman Nose also offers gluten-free pasta, which can be ordered for any one of their enjoyable dishes {just double check that the other ingredients in the dish are also gluten-free}. The servers here will make sure to ask if there is a gluten allergy present and cook all pasta in separate, gluten-free cookware.

Teppan Bar & Grill {319 Warren Street}

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A majority of the sushi here is gluten-free {exception: any roll with spicy mayo, which contains soy sauce, and obvs, no tempura} so you have your pick of most rolls off the menu. Teppan will also provide gluten-free soy sauce upon request.

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Taqueria {Various Locations Around Jersey City}

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This awesome little taco joint is usually packed, so get there early for a seat, and enjoy all the tacos which are served traditional style on corn tortillas. Feel free to dig into any of their amazing selections such as carnitas or chorizo, served in portions of 3 – warning: the tacos look small but will fill you up quickly.

Talde {8 Erie Street}

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You may already know that this Asian fusion restaurant has amazing food.  We were also pleasantly surprised to see that Talde marks off gluten-free dishes on their menu AND can make just about any dish gluten-free, with the exception of traditional noodle dishes such as wontons or chow fun. Check out the edamame dumplings {we had to double check these were gluten-free because they were so delicious}, shrimp shumai, or the beef short rib kare kare.

Left Bank Burger Bar {194 Newark Avenue}

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This enticing burger joint on Newark Ave. offers gluten-free buns, so build your own and enjoy all that meaty goodness accompanied by a yummy cocktail or great beer on tap.

Bucket & Bay {150 Bay Street}

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Delightful homemade small batch gelato with amazing flavors is made even better by the fact that Bucket and Bay has gluten-free cones {yes, you heard that right} made out of pizzelles {think a large flat cookie with powdered sugar} , so now you can enjoy gelato just like everyone else {which, tbh, is a pretty big deal}.

Departed Soles Brewery {150 Bay Street #2A}

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Since going gluten-free, you probably have realized that a good gluten-free beer is not easy to come by. Happily Departed Soles has both certified 100% gluten-free beer and regular beer on tap to satisfy all crowds. Check out their wonderfully bitter GoodB IPA: Four My Homie {you’ll forget it’s gluten-free, srsly} and A Dark Night, their rendition of a dark ale; both quality brews that are always available in addition to any seasonal GF beer on tap.

Disclaimer: Please let any of these restaurants know if you have Celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten. These restaurants/food choices were suggested by a person who is gluten-free, but it is always safe to double check before ordering. 

Where is your favorite spot to grab a gluten-free meal? Share with us in the comments!

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Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.