Anyone been to NYC/American Girl Cafe lately?

Posted on: Tue, 02/12/2008 - 1:25am
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We're planning a trip to NYC this summer. I thought I remembered reading that the cafe at AG Place was peanut and tree nut free, but now I can't find that info. Does anyone know if it is? Any other suggestions for safe eating in NYC?
Thanks!

Posted on: Thu, 02/14/2008 - 5:20am
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would love to know as well, as we will be heading to NYC in april! calling all new yorkers (or frequent visitors!!)

Posted on: Sat, 02/16/2008 - 4:00am
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We recently went to the one in Chicago and we were asked on the phone if there were any allergies. We were also told that they were very allergy aware and they were pn free.

Posted on: Sun, 02/17/2008 - 10:47am
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We're going to NYC in a couple of days, and here are some restaurant recommendations I received from friends on another forum:
Babycakes is a vegan bakery with many food-allergy friendly items.
Shake Shack is a terrific hamburger-type place that puts your allergens on your order ticket.(They're in Madison Square Park.)
Any of Josie's chain of restaurants ([url]http://www.josiesnyc.com/[/url]): they're all very allergy friendly, call in advance though and let them know you're coming. These are the only restuarnats my dd can eat at in Manhattan...they're the only ones I trust (we have a huge allergy list)
Also, there is a Chipotle on 6th Avenue in Chelsea if you're comfortable with that. If you can eat at McDonalds, there's one in Times Square, also a Jamba Juice, TGI Fridays...Chevy's (if you can eat there).
And a gluten free pizza in the village OTTO (owned by MArio Batalli) which I think they'll do dairy free as well.
There's Outback Steakhouse, also on 23rd st. in Chelsea between 5th and 6th avenues. Some people have luck with them.
Quantum Leap is a Vegan Restaurant in the East Village
Bonobo's (but they have loads of things with nuts, but seem very allergy friendly) also in Chelsea.
As always, you'll need to talk to the Manager when you go in, but for the most part they're very allergy friendly here.
Vento in the meatpacking district (I've eaten there successfully)...
And if you like Sushi (which is what I live on in the city!) there are plenty of places...
Gobo is a vegan restaurant on 8th St. downtown; they deliver also (I've never been in there)
The Candle Cafe restaurant also Vegan and excellent...and Candle 79 (i think is their sister restaurant).
Pure Food and Wine (never been there but have heard it's great)
Also, check here...
[url="http://supervegan.com/restaurants.php"]http://supervegan.com/restaurants.php[/url]
Republic in Union Square is a Veitnamese restaurant...it *looks* safe but the staff there recommended my PN allergic dd not eat there...again, always check with the management - people here will be very up front with you.
If you want to read the menus of any of these places go to [url="http://www.menupages.com"]http://www.menupages.com[/url] then search under the name...
I also did a search for kosher restaurants on menupages.com (because they won't mix dairy & meat), and found a couple of others we might check out: Cafe Classico at 35 West 57th; and Azuri Cafe, which is a Middle Eastern restaurant at 45 W. 51st St.

Posted on: Sun, 02/17/2008 - 10:16pm
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many thanks!!

Posted on: Mon, 02/18/2008 - 3:05pm
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I'm heading to the AG cafe in LA in April for my niece's birthday (well, my daughter is going but I'm tagging along). My SIL set it up and they apparently asked if anyone had an allergy and did say they were PN free. So we'll see. I'll still bring along a 'safe' dessert just in case, but the menu looks good.
I'll post once we've gone to let you know how it goes!

Posted on: Thu, 02/21/2008 - 12:00pm
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Yes, I posted elsewhere on the list. We went there a few months ago and it was great! I was so happy with the way they managed the allergy. I had called ahead of time and cleared the food, and they even called me about a week before we went to confirm the allergy information. The server told us not to eat one of the desserts because it had Oreo cookie on the top and they could not guarantee no cross contamination. It was expensive, but worth it. It was the first time I let my daughter eat a baked good not made in our home--it was some kind of cinnamon bun that they bake there and they insisted that the place was peanut free--so I let her eat it.

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