I tried out Heartland Cafe, at 625 8th Avenue (at 41st St in Midtown), in New York City a couple of weeks ago. I was actually planning to go to Market Cafe, on 9th Avenue, but I arrived around 4 PM on a Sunday afternoon to find them closing. They informed me they were only open for brunch on Sunday. I like brunch and going to the website to add the link for this review, I see that they have “unlimited Mimosas, Bellinis, Bloody Marys, Skrewdrivers, or Margaritas” by adding $12 to any entree (I think this is just with brunch). I’m confident my dining companion and I can more than get our money’s worth out of that deal:), so I think I’ll be taking a Monday off from work soon!
In this case, I was starving, dining alone, and had stupidly worn very uncomfortable shoes to NYC (my feet were actually bleeding when I got home!). So, I fired up my gluten free app, hoping for something close. Heartland Cafe was my closest good option, and although I wasn’t that excited about it, I limped on over. I’m glad I did!
Since I was alone, I got seated at a little table near the bar. Perfect. I asked for a gluten free menu and the waiter informed me that the gluten free options were marked on the regular menu. Surveying the menu, I spotted Hickory Smoked BBQ St. Louis Ribs as a gluten free option. I realized that dining alone was the perfect opportunity to eat super messy food, so I quickly ordered them. The waiter mentioned that they came with fries, so I asked him if they had a separate frier. He told me they prepared all of the gluten free food in a completely separate kitchen! Awesome! I ordered a full rack!
I’ve actually very rarely eaten ribs, because I’m pretty self conscious about eating them in public and I don’t know how to make them (note to blog stalker: we should make ribs!) So, I’m not an expert or anything. I thought they were awesome. The perfect meal to eat when starving! The fries were decent too, particularly because I felt I could eat them with some confidence (but I popped a glutenease for good measure). The food at Heartland Cafe definitely exceeded my expectations.
I had read some reviews of Heartland mentioning that they brewed their own gluten fee beer. I’m a little bit ashamed to admit that ByeByeBarley forgot to ask them about this, but he had a long drive home. I’ll ask next time and report back!
While Heartland Cafe had several locations, it appears the Midtown West location is the only one with a gluten free menu.