Caravan Sonnet: Bistango Restaurant, New York City

5/31/16

Bistango Restaurant, New York City

Back before I went on the cruise in the fall, I shared that I was able to spend a little time in New York City. It was the first time for me being in the city since 9/11 and it was a precious and memorable time visiting some of the iconic sites and spending a few hours at the 9/11 memorial. When my friend and I decided to spend time the evening in the city before the cruise I quickly researched about where to eat dinner. There are so many fabulous restaurants in the city that it was hard to narrow down to just one, but as a person with Celiac Disease, I was very interested in a restaurant that provided gluten free options. I came across Bistango Restaurant and I loved their website and quickly called to make reservations. 
Having traveled to different parts of the world, I love trying new restaurants and places, and I have to say that Bistango is honestly one of the best meals I have ever had! I definitely recommend this restaurant!
We ate at the 29th street location (there are two different locations with two different menus) which was a perfect fit for us as it was close enough to walk to the Empire State Building after our dinner meal. The 29th Street location is the original location and this restaurant was amazing. 

I had called ahead to make reservations (which I highly encourage you to do!) and we were seated inside by a window which allowed us to view the city as we ate our meal. Despite the restaurant being incredibly crowded I was impressed with how personal our service was and how they have arranged tables so you feel like you are the only ones in the restaurant. It was an incredibly relaxing atmosphere.

Bistango was ranked by USA today as one of New York City's top 10 Italian Restaurants and everything on the menu looked incredible. Everything that was on the menu can also be made gluten free and I was blown away by the options! 
I started off with choosing their gluten free bread (which is complimentary for the first round) and ended up ordering a second order. The bread was amazing. I was incredibly impressed as I never really loved bread and have found gluten free bread to often be tasteless and crumbly. This bread was so delicious. I then ordered the Eggplant Ravioli (which was dairy free also!) and chose the pesto sauce as my sauce. You can see by looking at the menu that there are lots of different sauce options. Honestly our food was amazing and like I have said one of the best meals I have ever eaten. 
The next morning before we left to get on our cruise my friend and I kept discussing how amazing our meals were and I suggested that we go back for brunch before we boarded the cruise. While I enjoyed the gluten free bread again I decided to try the gluten free cipolle pizza for this meal. The food was deliciously prepared but I do admit that I wasn't a huge fan of the crust. My friend who ordered a regular- non-gluten free pizza- said hers was the best pizza she had ever had. I don't think I have to repeat that despite not loving the crust, this was one of the best meals of the entire trip! 

If you are ever in NYC I can't recommend Bistango Restaurant enough! I definitely plan on returning to this restaurant in the future! It was simply delicious!

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