Madison Square Tavern (150 West 30th Street, NYC, 212-244-0410, ) is a completely gluten-free restaurant inspired by the needs of owner Edward Dobres’ wife and son who both have Celiac Disease, and his desire to create a safe dining environment for others afflicted with the disease. The menu is filled with delicious celiac-frientdly options – including desserts – that will satisfy everyone at the table.
Dobres’ vision was brought to life through carefully curated dishes by Chef Walter Hines, who tantalizes the taste buds of guests with dishes that are inspired by seasonal ingredients as well as technique.
For starters, we tried the Cured Salmon ($18) with salmon roe, crème fraiche and soy glaze. It’s served alongside everything bagel chips made with rice flour and so crispy delicious you won’t miss the regular chips.
The highlight of the night was the Roast Clams ($19) appetizer, with chorizo sausage, black beans, and shishito peppers in a sake-inspired sauce. This delicious combination of flavors pairs together beautifully. Served with a side of gluten free flatbread for dipping, the dish could not have been any better and it is immediately apparent that chef Hines knows what he is doing.
For dinner I ordered the Sauteed Arctic Char ($30) served over wild mushrooms and glazed long beans. The savory flavor of mushrooms and the slightly salty arctic char does not need a cream sauce, so I asked for that to be served on the side. The tomato herbal mushroom sauce is a light sauce, but the dish was tasty without it.
Jeremy tried the Free Range Chicken ($29) with sunchoke puree, pea tendrils, golden raisins and rosemary jus. The chicken was moist and tender and cooked to perfection. I highly recommend this dish.
After enjoying a delicious meal we were full but could not pass up on dessert. It is not every day that a menu features 6 gluten free desserts. Per Jeremy’s request, we shared the Passion Fruit Panna Cotta ($12) comes with mango salsa and caramel popcorn.
Next time I just have to try the Warm Chocolate Torte ($12) or Walnut-Milk Chocolate Tart ($12)
The drink menu features a variety of [non-gluten free] beers, gluten free ciders, wine and several complementing cocktails that can be enjoyed with dinner in one of the spacious setting areas located on 3 levels, including a fireplace. The bar is a happening place after work and offers a great happy hour drink special and bar menu.
Disclaimer: I received this meal free of charge. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.