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September/October 2014

The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park...a Great Choice for Gluten Free Travelers in NYC


4.5 Palms
Ritz Carlton Battery Park
Review Type: Hotel
Location: 2 West Street, New York, NY 10004
Phone: 212-344-0800
Website: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/NewYorkBatteryPark/Default.htm
Contact: Call James Dangler (Exec Chef) or Alan Dancyger (Sous Chef) at 917-790-2544
Date Visited: August 2014
Review Posted: August 28, 2014
Summary Hotel in Downtown New York City is a great choice for gluten free travelers
9-11 Memorial New York City

It should come as no surprise that the Ritz Carlton takes gluten free diets seriously. They take hospitality seriously in general, and this particular hotel was no exception. We chose the Ritz Carlton Battery Park downtown for our recent visit to New York City, based on a special deal we got through American Express and its proximity to some of the sightseeing we had planned with our kids (including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the 9/11 Memorial shown here, and the New York Stock Exchange and financial district). It could not have been a better choice. The hotel is accessible to many different subway lines, so even when we ventured uptown, it was always just a quick subway ride away, without even needing to transfer trains.

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Our room (a standard room which we were able to upgrade to one with a Statue of Liberty view (shown here with in-room telescope) was spacious and nice. As with most Ritz Carlton properties, the service is impeccable at this hotel. My husband was impressed that they greeted him with a bottle of water after he entered the lobby after a late morning run…such a nice touch!

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But on to the gluten free experience...our only opportunity to dine at the hotel was for breakfast, but we spoke to James Dangler, the Executive Chef,, who assured us that they take gluten free diets very seriously and have many options available for all meals. For breakfast, there are organic eggs and many breakfast meats that are all gluten free. I particularly enjoyed the gluten free chicken sausage. They had wonderful Kinnikinnick gluten free toast, which they toast in a dedicated gluten free toaster. They also have many Udi's products available -- bread, bagels, muffins. Our kids were with us for part of our stay, and they have a Kids Breakfast, pictured here, which for our Celiac son consisted of organic scrambled eggs, fruit, and an Udi's chocolate muffin -- along with amazing fresh-squeezed orange juice. The chef had also offered to make gluten free pancakes or waffles if we wanted them.

Gluten free choices are marked on the Room Service Menus, and when dining in the restaurant for any meal of the day, gluten free diners simply need to request to talk with a chef about safe choices available for them. They are very flexible and able to make most any type of meal gluten free. They even stock gluten free pasta on hand at all times. Gluten free diners can also rest assured that the chefs and kitchen staff are very aware of cross contamination risks and are careful to prepare gluten free meals in a separate area following strict protocols. If french fries are desired, they are cooked in a separate pot of oil, not in the oil used for any other foods.

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It is recommended that you let the hotel know of your gluten free needs when booking your reservation, and then you can follow up with either Executive Chef James Dangler (who we met) or his Sous Chef Alan Dancyger via phone. Their direct number is 917-790-2544. If you have specific requests or items you would like them to stock for your stay, they are happy to accommodate, providing they have enough notice. Even if your plans are more last-minute, as ours were, and you aren't able to talk to the chefs in advance, you will be in capable hands. You will easily be able to enjoy a wide range of safe gluten free selections at the Ritz Carlton Battery Park. I would highly recommend this hotel if you're planning a trip to New York City...you will not be disappointed!

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