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TWO HANDS BAR & RESTAURANT, 251 Church Street (between Franklin and Leonard Street), Tribeca

When you see the word cake on a brunch menu, odds are it is off-limits for those practicing a gluten-free diet. I imagine celiacs dream of pancakes every Sunday morning. Well, hallelujah, there is an option available at the trendy new brunch mecca Two Hands Bar & Restaurant.

This Australian-owned restaurant is a larger and more food-focused location of Nolita’s Two Hands, which garners long lines for its flat whites and avocado toasts. Here, the menu is much more extensive and even includes a dinner option.

One of these days I’d like to try their evening menu, but I could tell by the bright and lively interior, that brunch is the way to go here.

We expected the menu to include the usuals – eggs benedict and smoked salmon bowls. But we were pretty surprised when we learned the first item on the menu (ricotta hotcakes) were completely gluten-free. And so was the sweet potato waffle!

Ricotta Hotcakes at TWO HANDS BAR & RESTAURANTI’m not gluten free (although my wife is) and I was completely perplexed how something so fluffy and delicious could not contain any gluten. The main ingredient is the ricotta (gluten-free flour holds it together). The large hotcake is browned to the edge yet the interior is cheesy and doughy (although not with actual dough).

It’s topped with a tangy whipped ricotta, seasonal berries, and pecans for crunch. Of course, as any brunch cake (gluten free or not) should, it’s served with a side of maple syrup.

Even if this cake was not gluten-free, I’d still be raving about it. And that’s the only reason I can understand why a brunch restaurant would choose to have its sole pancake option made without flour. For once, the gluten-free eaters win out here. And us gluten eaters must thank them!

TWO HANDS RESTAURANT & BAR
251 Church Street (between Leonard and Franklin Street),
Tribeca
twohandsnyc.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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