Peter’s Gourmet Diner and Restaurant is yet another gluten free dining wonderland located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The location on First Ave is not as convenient as some other restaurants in the Gluten Free Restaurant Awareness Program (GFRAP), but the menu offerings more than make up for it.
Peter’s is a cute diner; the menu and walls are adorned with photos of famous Peter’s real and fictional, from “Peter Sellers to Peter Parker and Peter Pan.” After enjoying the entertainment on the outside of the menu, the gluten free patron will feel a wave of joy as they see a little red star indicating the few items on the menu that CAN’T be prepared gluten free. That’s right the rest of the 8+ pages of choices can all be made for you! This includes toast (they use Sterk’s gluten free bread from Canada), salads, main dishes and dessert. Where else can you enjoy real gluten free eggs benedict!?!?
Even though I was eating dinner at Peter’s this visit, there is something about eating at a diner that elicits cravings for breakfast fare. I selected the egg white frittata with turkey and broccoli – I also requested that they add avocado. The creaminess of the avocado was the perfect accompaniment to the turkey and broccoli.
The gluten free toast tasted great. I’ve never had Sterk’s bread un-toasted, but as toast I would definitely recommend it.
I also ordered a side of steamed veggies. (If you are a regular reader, you may be noticing a pattern in my eating habits…)
My friend Melanie, ordered a chicken pesto salad. Luckily it was also gluten free so I got to taste it. I have never had a pesto salad before that wasn’t pasta based. I have to say, it was quite scrumptious. It definitely made me think about some other ways I could integrate pesto into my home cooking. I may have to order this on my next trip.
I really wanted to try the gluten free cheesecake but I was too full and Melanie was unwilling to help me eat it! If you’ve tried it, let me know what you think.
PS - The waiter at Peter’s recognizes me by now, but it was the first time I had taken photos of all of my food. Everyone is so nice at Peter’s; he came over and offered to take a picture of me with the food. When I declined, he seemed a little confused about why I would be taking photos of just my food. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my family and friends for being so patient with me. Not only do they come to the restaurants I can safely eat at, but then they sit back and smile as I have a photo shoot before they are allowed to eat…
Peter's Gourmet Diner and Bar 1606 1st Ave, New York 10021 Btwn 83rd & 84th St Phone: 212-734-9600