For an incredible, cozy Italian meal in the heart of Manhattan on Park Ave, Bread & Tulips is the perfect spot – plus they offer gluten-free penne pasta! Bread & Tulips is located in the Library Collection’s Hotel Giraffe, which is the same hotel collection as Hotel Elysee which we stayed at – catch my review here if you missed it, it’s a good one! Since Hotel Elysee was so amazing, I knew we would be in for a treat here.
We noshed on lunch at Bread & Tulips our last day in NYC, which was perfect because it’s walking distance from quintessential NYC spots like the flatiron building and Madison Square Park. From there we ended up walking to Washington Square park to see the chess players, as well as to West Village and Nolita again (because I just can’t stay away from the food and boutiques there).
It was a hot summer day, so it was the perfect time for a patio lunch and people watching. And in Manhattan, it’s more like fabulous-people-watching!
For antipasti we started with Polpette, or housemade meatballs and sugo. These are made gluten-free and they were pretty much mind-blowingly delicious and hearty. They were so good I kind of bogarted them and ate them all. Sorry not sorry?
We also got the Grilled Octopus, with gigante and garbanzo beans, and lemon confit. Bread and Tulips is the kind of place that doesn’t hold back. Everything is seasoned perfectly and made with love, Italian-style. Our waiter was filled with fascinating tidbits, which I love since I’m filled with useless info and random facts so I now have more to add to my arsenal. Like how the octopus wasn’t as tough as it usually comes out, because of a culinary trick of putting corks in the boiling water with it. The corks work some sort of magic to tenderize the octopus. It definitely seemed to work, since it was the best octopus I’ve had and was definitely tender!
Came for the pasta, stayed for these meatballs.
I have a soft spot in my heart for restaurants that cater to gluten-free diets, especially with foods that are naturally filled with gluten, like pasta! Bread & Tulips is in this category, offering gluten-free penne pasta with any sauces and toppings from their usual pasta menu. I opted for the Pappardelle, which came spiced with braised leg of lamb, tomato, and parmigiano. Even though I was somewhat filled after hogging all the meatballs, this plate was so scrumptious I scarfed it down. The lamb was seasoned so perfectly and full of flavor, and definitely wasn’t too spicy.
Above is the Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, with garlic, olive oil, chiles, scallions, and breadcrumbs. Love the simple yet colorful presentation!
All-in-all, I loved the rustic Italian food in Bread & Tulip’s casual setting. It’s the perfect fuel to take on your day – especially in NYC where you walk for miles a day and need that good fuel! The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable, and the food was beyond delicious. I definitely recommend stopping in for lunch or checking out their roof deck for events!
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