I managed to make it up to the Upper West Side today for the Grand Opening of G-Free NYC! I needed some gluten free oats, plus I wanted to check out if they had any new loot that I couldn’t find at Whole Foods or the other natural stores I usually go to.
The store itself is pretty small, with a window seat, three freezers, a full wall of pantry shelves, and a table in the middle to house the baked goods imported in from Tulu’s.
The first freezer had desserts, including break-and-bake cookie dough, “Ring Tings”, cheesecakes, ice cream sandwiches, tiramisu, and ice cream. The break-and-bakes and ice cream sandwiches were new to me, but with so many fresh desserts I chose to focus my energy elsewhere.
The second freezer had breads, including hamburger buns, bagels, and Italian bread.
The third had more bread, with frozen baguettes, buns, and English muffins. The frozen baguettes are not something I’ve seen before, but at $7 and some change I decided to wait until a special occasion.
The pantry shelves held a couple more gems, including one of my purchases: individual packets of tamari soy sauce! Usually I lug around my La Choy in my purse, but this will be much more convenient. I’ve considered ordering these online before, but they only come in multi-packs, and who really needs 10 boxes of these?
I found another item that I considered purchasing online before in the pantry as well…Skinny Crisps! They also had all four flavors on the counter as free samples, and all of them were wonderful. Onion and cheese for savory-lovers and chocolate and cinnamon/sugar for the sweet-lovers.
Speaking of free samples… cinnamon rolls were out for the taking!
I picked up a carrot cake from Tulu’s for the train home, and an apple pie from Pi! This things smells amazing and looks buttery and flakey, can’t wait to try it! They also had potato knishes made by Pi, and some vegan cupcakes (which didn’t look that great to me – especially compared to the frosting perfection on Tulu’s).
I love that this store exists, that I could walk around and not be afraid to taste things, and not have to check labels. I only wish that it was closer to my work or apartment!
My haul = Skinny Crisps ($7), Tulu’s carrot cake loaf ($3.95), Pi apple pie ($4.50), and 20 pack of tamari soy sauce ($4.95).
I hope more people go to G-Free to support local business and the gf community!
77 West 85th Street (1,2, A, C, E)