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Colors 100% Gluten Free Restaurant // NoHo, NYC


Colors Restaurant is different not only because they serve only gluten free food, or that they source locally and use non GMO products, but also because it is a non-profit restaurant owned by Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United.

ROC was formed to help restaurant workers displaced by the World Trade Center tragedy and has since grown into the leading national restaurant workers’ rights organization.

Since their opening in 2006, Colors has gone through many transformations and launched our gluten the free menu in 2014. 

Menus change frequently due to seasonal chances so it is best to call during opening hours to get the latest updates. But some dishes will always be on the menu, including the dish they are known for; Buttermilk Fried Chicken.

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Colors offers an array of complimentary gluten free bread including a cheddar roll and homemade biscuit.

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A full bar is available including, both gluten free and non-gluten free beer, wine, cocktails and liquor.

The red sangria ($12) is delicious and not overly fruity and sweet, but not too strong either.

We started with the fried calamari, served over a spicy sauce. It was delicious and such a treat to have fried calamari.

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For dinner we tried three different entrees. Of course we just had to order the Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($18). The Fried Chicken was out of this world. It was moist, flaky and just incredible. Jeremy said this was one of the best fried chicken dishes he’s ever had, regardless of being gluten free or not.

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We also tried the Mussels & Frites ($20). The mussels were served in a delicious broth of spring onion, garlic and white wine. The portion size was quite large, I couldn’t finish all the mussels, and I was sharing!

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The frites are actually more like thin potato wedges, served on the side.

The third dish was tried was the Slow Braised Short Ribs ($28) with parsnip puree, purple potatoes and horseradish. The short ribs were mouthwatering and falling off the bone. Again, the portion size was quite generous and we did not leave hungry.

I rarely order dessert when I go out but since this was a special occasion we ordered the vegan Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Tarte topped with whipped coconut cream.

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The tarte was dense but not overly sweet. I am usually a big chocolate lover, but I do have to say this was not the best chocolate dessert I’ve ever had. And I do have to admit the whipped coconut cream was probably my favorite part.

Over all we had a great, worry-free meal. There was nothing subpar about this meal, which can often be the case with gluten free food.

Happy Hour is available at the bar from 5-7:30pm and drinks only costs $5. Great deal, and I can not wait to go back and try something else from the menu!

Colors serves the community through their CHOW Institute (COLORS Hospitality & Opportunities for Workers) which offers professional development classes to restaurant workers seeking advancement within the industry.

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I've been on a gluten free diet since January 2009. It's been an adventure, and a challenge at times. I love to go to new restaurants and try new foods, and being gluten free can make eating out difficult at times. But I will not let my dietary restrictions get in my way of finding new restaurants and products. These are my stories of being a young women in a big city, eating out and trying new foods, all while NOT eating gluten. Like I said, it's an adventure and you are welcome to come along... Please note that as I try to eat gluten free 100% of the time, my intolerance is not as severe as others so please use caution when dining at restaurants that are not certified gluten free.

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