NOTE: As of December 2003, Gabriel’s is no longer in business.
941 Manor Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10314
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.
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.