New York City and Boston are two of America’s most visited cities, making them frequent destinations for people with allergies. As someone with allergies to tree nuts and sesame and a history of anaphylaxis, I know how tough it can be to find a trustworthy place to eat when traveling. It takes a lot of research, and I frequently have to read every menu thoroughly and speak with staff ahead of time (see my other article for 5 steps to take to ensure you have a great restaurant experience). I recently visited both of these cities, so I wanted to share my personal favorites and hopefully save you some time so you can focus on seeing the sights.
Amelia’s Trattoria is a quaint yet rustic sit-down Italian restaurant located just outside of Boston in Cambridge. My family and I dined not once but twice at Amelia’s -- the food was so good! The owners have family members with allergies, which is why their staff was completely understanding of my allergies when I ordered. They are completely free of peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame, and are willing to do their best to accommodate other allergens. In addition, the staff is very knowledgeable about allergies.
Tipping Cow is another Boston exclusive, and their main focus is ice cream. They have two locations, one in Boston and one in nearby Somerville. Their ice cream is completely peanut, tree nut, and sesame free, with a multitude of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options available! They also have an amazing variety of ice cream flavors, from cranberry to cinnamon & oatmeal. Ice cream is something I rarely get the chance to eat out, and I thought their ice cream was delicious. I highly recommend it if you get the chance!
Rounding out the Boston list is an east-coast exclusive called Oath Pizza. Just like the previous two restaurants, Oath is tree nut, peanut, and sesame free. It also has plenty of gluten-free and vegan options! It is a build-your-own style, similar to Chipotle, but no matter what combination of toppings you get, it is guaranteed to be delicious.
Hill Country Barbecue Market
Hill Country is a Texas-style barbecue restaurant located in Manhattan, but you’ll feel like you’re down south! They have countless options, from nachos to Texas mac n’ cheese. The restaurant is mostly free of tree nuts, peanuts, and sesame, and has wonderful outdoor seating options (a rarity in NYC!). A great option for anyone visiting Manhattan!
A La Mode Shoppe
Just like Tipping Cow, A La Mode Shoppe is an amazing option for a sweet treat completely free of eggs, nuts, and sesame. Located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, A La Mode is a fantastic option for anyone visiting NYC. They also have a wide variety of creative flavors, all of which are delicious!
I hope these recommendations will help you make some delicious memories on your next trip to NYC or Boston – I know they did for me!