Gluten Free Options at Ñaño Ecuadorian Kitchen // Hell’s Kitchen NYC

Ñaño means brother to Ecuadorians and was the perfect name for the restaurant that opened in Hell’s Kitchen in 2013. The dishes served here are passed down family recipes, using traditional Ecuadorian cooking techniques and ingredients.

Over server was friendly very knowledgeable about the menu, but it does help that only 4 dishes contain gluten.

Gluten Free Menu Options


  •  Humita $5.00: Savory corn and cheese cake cooked in corn husk
  • Tortillas de Verde $7.50: Green plantain patties filled with gooey cheese 
  • Ceviche $12.99: Shrimp, pickled red onions, grape tomatoes, cilantro, lime and olive oil.


  • Ñaño Salad $10.00: Gold and red beets, grape tomatoes, pickled onions and radish. Mixed greens. Add Grilled Chicken or Shrimp 
  • Ceviche Mixto $19.99: Shrimp, Calamari, Swai. Grape tomatoes, pickled onions.  Olive oil, cilantro and lime. Toasted corn.

Ceviche Mixto


  • Crema de Lentejas  $8.50: Cream of Lentils topped by fetta cheese, croutons and scallions.
  • Caldo de Bola $13.00: Beef soup featuring a plantain dumpling filled with beef, egg, raisins and peanut sauce.
  • Encebollado de Albacora   $15.00: Fresh tuna soup with yucca and spices and toasted corn.

Main Courses

  • Rebecca $12.99: Vegetarian. Mashed yucca, lentils. Sweet Plantains. Green salad.


  • Arroz con Pollo  $13.00: Chicken strips sautéed in Ñaño Sofrito, raisins, veggies and yellow fried rice.
  • Seco de Pollo $15.99: Spicy and sour chicken stew. Yellow Rice. Sweet Plantains.
  • Fritada $16.99: Lean chunks of moist pork. Mashed yucca. Green salad.
  • Sudado de Camarón   $17.99: Shrimp in onions, tomato, peppers and cilantro sauce. Yellow rice.  Green salad.

Sudado de Camarón

  • Cazuela $18.99: Pan fried Tilapia and shrimp in green plantain and peanut sauce. White Rice. Green salad.
  • Sudado Mixto $18.99: Pan fried Tilapia and shrimp in onions, tomato, peppers and cilantro sauce. White Rice. Green salad.
  • Pescado Encocado  $19.99: Swai and shrimp in a coconut and orange sauce. White Rice. Green salad.
  • Carne en Palito  $19.99: Beef on a Stick.  Rib-eye and sausage. Onions and Peppers. Mashed yucca. Chimichurri dipping sauce. Green salad.

Carne en Palito

  • Lomito Salteado   $22.99: NY Strip sautéed with onions, red peppers and soy sauce. Fried potato slices. Rice. Fried eggs.
  • Costilla $39.99 Good for sharing between 2 Short rib in garlic, tomato and cilantro sauce. White rice. Green salad.


  • Torta de Manqueño $7.00: Flour-less Sweet plantain parfait with amaretto on seasonal fruit compote.

 The Ceviche was delicious and a must try if you find yourself at Ñaño Ecuadorian Kitchen. 

The portion sizes were quite large, my dad and I shared the Carne en Palito and there was plenty of food. The meat dishes are on the saltier side, as you would expect from South American meat, but nonetheless delicious, tender and cooked to perfection.

Enjoy delicious, fresh home made meals in a friendly and cozy environment. So stop by soon to have a little taste of Ecuador. I would recommend you make a reservation as the restaurant is quite small with only 6 tables (and two outside when the patio is open). 


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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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