Midtown East / Kips Bay: Bistango (Italian – Gluten Free)

Bistango | Fall 2012

Just Us Cuzins…

The taste buds needed a new adventure.  Since @KiBoogies required a restaurant that was either completely gluten-free or had real, true and substantial gluten-free options on the menu (and not one of those restaurants that claim to be gluten-free (GF) or have gluten-free options and when you ask for an item on the menu, nothing much of anything is gluten-free–including the bread. smh.) — but I digress, sorry…all wound up… So, we headed to Bistango — Italian fare in Kips Bay area of Midtown East.

I was pretty surprised to learn there are only a few restaurants that fall into this “GF” category in a city that claims to have an overwhelming number of restaurants to suit an endless variety of tastes…although truth be told this has nothing to do with taste but with Celiac Disease.  Only a short list of about 10 solid choices actually exist.  Even so, you really have to read reviews and menus online.  If you don’t see “GF” by their menu items or if they have a vague pronouncement of “gluten-free available upon request”, simply put, “they ain’t real”…and don’t even bother.  It’s no fun when a group goes out to dinner and there’s someone in your party who needs gluten-free and they don’t have more than one appetizer choice as gluten-free or none for dessert.  Really?  Okay…it’s “over and out” because that’s a cue for the group to leave.

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When you walk into a restaurant that’s serious about servicing a patrons whose lives depend on gluten-free options, it’s good to get gluten-free bread.  This got them major points out of the gate from @KiBoogies.

We started with deliciousness.  For an Italian restaurant, this was one of the best-tasting sashimis I have ever tasted outside of a Japanese restaurant (and not one of those pre-packaged, to-go sushi ‘dives’).

Tuna di Zenzero…and Prosciutto with creamy Mozzarella, roasted bell peppers and fresh olive oil…

Once we devoured the above, we moved on to the main course–the entrees…

Wild Mushroom & Ricotta Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce (Gluten Free)…

Quattro Formaggi Pizzette (Gluten-Free Available)…(parmigiano, mozzarella, gorgonzola, goat cheese, basil and tomato sauce)

Penne Pasta with roasted tomato sauce, roasted eggplant and mozzarella cheese (Gluten-Free)…

As if all of the above wasn’t enough, we pressed forward with dessert.  Simply:  We were warriors.  We may have been hurting…and yes, bursting…but nothing that a loose zipper couldn’t fix.  *serious face*

Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese frosting (Gluten-Free)…

Crostada di Mele Gelato di Vaniglia (Gluten-Free Available)…

Tiramisu… (regular only)

So, overall, thoughts:

Food + Value:  Very well done.  Portions were what you should expect.  Or another way of me putting this, you weren’t given a platter-sized plate with a tablespoon of food.  They weren’t what I would consider “expensive”.  They’re charging what you’d expect from a grown-up sit down restaurant that isn’t fast food.  The dishes were extremely tasty, and the pastas were cooked to perfection.  The mozzarella cheese was absolutely divine. Soooooo creamy. *mouth waters*

Ambience: Nicely decorated.  The dining area was not overly noisy.  It is small, but we didn’t feel we were sitting on the tables next to us.

A word to the wise:  Make a reservation.  You may be highly disappointed by attempting to get a table without one.

Side Note: The ladies’ room was one stall but a nice size…not a closet.  Oh, I loved the faucet. (Just sayin’)

In a You-Don’t-See-This-Often-Enough Moment:  The owner, Anthony, makes appearances in the dining room, including refilling water glasses and clearing tables, and makes polite and pleasant conversation with patrons.

Bottom Line:  I’ll return and I’ll spread the word.

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2 thoughts on “Midtown East / Kips Bay: Bistango (Italian – Gluten Free)

  1. Had a blast!!! The food was great. That Red Velvet cake was made from the giggles of newly haloed angels. Thanks for a great evening, Cuz’n!!!

    • Haha! Yes, that they really did do very well with the desserts. Hmmm…pity I didn’t get my hands on the creme brulee. 😦 Wonder if I can pre-order mine the next time I make a reservation. Can’t believe they were out. sigh.

      Now you have me wanting to explore the other GF options around the city. One down…only a few more to go. At least I know Bistango has set the bar. Smooches!!!! Come back soon ya hear! LOL

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