Despite the name Friedman’s Lunch, this family-owned and operated restaurant dishes out hearty food all day every day.
Friedman’s serves delicious seasonal food in an atmosphere that is both homey and sophisticated- a place where they offer both fresh squeezed lemonade and multiple beers on tap, and it just makes sense. With a mix of bars, tables, and booths; chalkboard walls and large windows, there is nothing ordinary about this restaurant. Even more appealing to me, I’ve yet to find similar gluten-free comfort food that surpasses Friedman’s anywhere else in the city. Friedman’s Lunch started in Chelsea Market but also has a location in Midtown West and is opening one up this summer near Columbia University.My favorite order* consists of their grilled cheese sandwich with a cold, crisp cider. Served on gluten-free ciabatta, and topped off with bacon, the melted gruyere and white cheddar contrast perfectly caramelized onions. Make sure to order their fresh tomato soup on the side; it can only be described as pure liquid happiness.
*Warning. There is a 100% chance this meal will ruin all other grilled cheeses for you.