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August/September 2016

Tapas Restaurant in New York City is Now Gluten Free!

5.0 Palms
Review Type: Restaurant
Location: 496 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-967-3892


Gio Morales

Date Visited: May 2016
Review Posted: June 24, 2016
Summary Completely gluten free Latin American cuisine in NYC

Oovina restaurant in New York City used to be Market Cafe but has now changed to become a completely Gluten Free restaurant. It is a wine and tapas bar where food is shared. Knowing about food restrictions, they decided to go completely gluten free so no one is left out. They also accommodate other food restrictions as well. It is only open for dinner, but as a celiac, this is an amazing experience where nothing is off limits and everything is delicious. I have never had tapas before but basically everyone at the table orders a particular entree of their choice which is shared at the table. Each dish comes out as it is prepared and then shared while the other entrees arrive, seeming like a never ending stream of dishes. It is such a fun experience.


The dishes are inspired by the chef's Guatemalan culture with an updated twist such as pork tacos with red cabbage, avocado aioli, and tomatillo salsa. They are so delicious. There are so many dishes to choose from as a celiac that is exciting. They also have several vegan choices. To top off your meal you have to try the fried plantains for dessert. It's amazing. They have a wide variety of wines with choices for every palate. The decor is a beautifully lit white vine vineyard which adds to the whole experience. I highly recommend this place. Check out the website for more info and definitely give this place a try, you won't be sorry.

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