Bakeries

Gluten-Free Staten Island: Gabriel's Dessert Boutique

12 Comments 25 August 2003

NOTE: As of December 2003, Gabriel’s is no longer in business.

941 Manor Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 477-2039

Gabriel's Dessert Plate

About a month ago at a friend’s Pampered Chef party we realized we were definitely "30-something," getting excited by kitchen gadgets on a Friday night. Madeline, the consultant, finds out why we are not eating any of the pizza and cake and tells us about her friends at Gabriel’s Dessert Boutique. Chefs Joseph and Michael Gabriel (previously pastry chefs at Citarella and Auroele) opened this bakery last year and due to the requests of a Gluten Free ("GF") patron they took upon the challenge to create high quality GF desserts. From years of disappointment we were skeptical that their baked goods would be amazing but of course we had to try it out. After all, we are the CeliacChicks.

Well, first of all it’s adorable. The atmosphere is pink walls, dramatic mirrors and sconces which complement mosaic tile cafe tabletops. This is not some stinky, hippie joint. It’s a real classic bakery! On one wall is an impressive collection of various newspaper and magazine articles, including The New York Times and New York Magazine, featuring the Gabriel brothers. And then we spotted The GF Case. There are cakes, cookies, biscotti and many other treats that would make anyone drool. Speaking of "anyone," Joe and Mike tell us that many of their non-celiac customers are regularly purchasing the GF stuff. The fact that they are pricey sparks people’s interest…after all, this is NY. There are others that think it is fashionable to eat GF. Makes sense, since ALL of their desserts look as beautiful as they taste. We went today to get pictures for you and found out that Joe was at a catalog photo shoot for their soon-to-come mail order service. We promise you non-Staten Islanders that the sugar sensory experience is worth the time and effort it takes to get there, even if you must pay the annoyingly hefty Verrazano Bridge toll. Just get there…even if it takes airfare. We’ll provide a link to their website as soon as it’s up.

Gabriel's Gluten-Free Case

As you can see, the Gabriel brothers’ fans have just about completely wiped out the GF Case. We made off with a fair amount of the baked booty.

Gabriel's Outside

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12 Comments so far

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    Cheryl says:

    I already love your web site! I can’t wait until there is more juicy information.

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    Amy says:

    Hey great site. Kelly posted a comment on mine which I started in June with somewhat the same concept. It is Gluten Free Empowerment: http://www.2bhifi.com/celiac/. I live in the Chicagoland area, so some of my posts and links are related to Chicagoland places.

    By the way Kelly commented that MSG is gluten free. Though if it is produced in the US it is, however even if a product is made in the US doesn’t necessarily mean that their MSG was, so I recommend avoiding the MSG if on the GF diet.

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    Amy says:

    They look beautiful!

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    Ma and Pa says:

    Great Site !!! Must put this on our list of “must see and taste” places to go

    OR. . . . you could offer to be our personal escort ???

    Keep it going — looking forward to more taste bud ticklers

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    Chef Joseph says:

    This website is great!!! Thank you for posting my boutique on your “COOL” website. It is an honor to be the first on your site. My mail order brochure will be available in a few weeks.
    If anyone wants to email me their mailing address they will be the first to get the brochures.
    Happy Eating.
    Chef Joseph

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    Madeline says:

    This website is awesome, I am so glad that I was able to help out for such a healthy and yummy cause. We carry Gabriels desserts in our restaurant and they are definitely “La Dolce Vita”

    Madeline
    Pampered Chef

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    kelly says:

    We need to add that a lot of Gabriel’s treats have BUTTER in them…(being the elite pastry chefs that they are!!) HOWEVER-they will be glad to do special orders upon advance request!!

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    Aisha says:

    Hey Kel,

    This is an awsome site! I love, love, love it. You go with your bad self. I am so proud of you. A women that is determind to live a wonderful life and make a difference.

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    Tobias Ryan says:

    Michael, I enjoyed working for you at Aureole, You are a great Pastry chef, I should have never moved 2 Metrazur… Tobias, you shoved me how to take pastry to next level. Good luck with your shop, maybe Ill drop by to eat some of those cakes… YUM.

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    PAMELLA SCOTTTO says:

    HI, Are you sure Gabriel’s Dessert Boutique is out of business? Do you know what happened? They were so accomodating to the celiac community and their products were delicious.
    thanks,

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    kathy says:

    There is a new GF bakery in Chester, NY that deserves our support. Chester is about 60 miles from NYC and makes a nice day trip. Gluten Free Bread Basket is run by 2 great women and offers a wide variety of fresh and frozen baked goods and prepared foods and mixes. They offer free samples of all their goodies. My sister just brought me cookies, muffins, bagels, brownies and bread from the bakery and so far, it is terrific. Check out the website at http://www.gfbreadbasket.com.

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    Colleen says:

    I was in a well known bakery today on SI and they said there is a GF bakery on Staten Island. I thought maybe the Gabriels were back in business. If anyone knows if they are reopening please let us know. Thanks


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