Do You Want To Party?!

61 Comments 15 July 2008

What would you think if Friedman’s closed down their restaurant to the general public on a Sunday afternoon just for us?

I recently spoke with Vanessa Phillips and she offered to pull some strings in order to have a special little CeliacChicks party at Friedman’s.  She also wants to make gluten-free potato pancakes and gluten-free french fries for us!  Yup, you read that right, the restaurant will clean out their fryer for french fries and also make special gluten-free potato pancakes for the day.

Here is the proposed menu:

Appetizer: (choose one) Split Pea Soup or Ceasar Salad with gluten-free croutons

Entree: a smaller sized sandwich than the usual (uh, before you whine, the usual size is HUGE and could easily feed two people) with your choice of Reuben, Turkey, Pastrami or Egg Salad. All sandwiches will come with a choice of fries, potato salad or a potato pancake.

One drink


Gus’ Pickles .

…and a fun goodie bag for you to take home.

This is well over a $30 value for the cost of $25, not including the tip, if we can fill the place.

I also would like to set it up similar to the Pala event where you can mingle in one area of the restaurant, but you don’t have to mingle if that’s not your thing. I think one reason why we had such a great turnout at Pala (along with it being free, great food, and great atmosphere) was because people had a choice to socialize, just enjoy their food with their own little posse, or by themselves.

This is a really nice gesture as well as a very good value, so I thought I’d run it by you and then let you decide.

"Power To The People"  is ringing in my ears now.

So let me know if you want to do this in the comments below. If we get a huge response then I’ll move forward and officially plan this with Vanessa.

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61 Comments so far

  1. 1
    deb says:

    YES I would love this!
    I’d come in from Connecticut just for a pastrami on rye, let alone french fries!
    my husband would join us, too, he is happy eating GF
    (He’s the baker in our house!)

  2. 2
    PurpleCar says:

    Awesome! If I had enough notice, I’d come up on the train from Philly just for the day!

    (It’s so funny, I was reading the menu and my ‘I can’t eat this’ instinct kicked in. *facepalms*)


  3. 3
    Ellen Feig says:

    YES!Not only would this be great fun and yummy GF food, I would love to meet other celiac friends.

  4. 4
    KathyK says:

    I’m in. Need to socialize with my GF peers.

  5. 5
    Davi Abramson says:

    Would love to do this! The event at Pala was great and I’m sure this will be fun, too. It would be 2 of us.

    Thanks for all of your hard work!


  6. 6
    kristine says:

    Would love to be there, meet some people and share some great gf food!

  7. 7
    loretta says:

    Yes! I will love to meet other celiac people.


  8. 8
    Heather says:

    I live in Virginia but, given enough notice, I wold definately find a couch to sleep on, if necessary, and get my gf buns up there! I didn’t make it for the event at Pala and spent that whole day feeling sorry for myself.

  9. 9
    terry says:

    I would love to!!If I had enough notice I would fly from Mexico City!!!!I recently had a Pastrami Glutenfree sandwich at Friedman’s in Chelsea market,SOOOOOOO DELICIOUS!!!!!!

  10. 10
    Suezboss says:

    Yes! I would totally want to go! Sounds Delisious!

  11. 11
    LibrarianAlexa says:

    Count me in!

  12. 12
    Linda says:

    Sorry to be so ignorant….what/where is Friedman’s?

  13. 13
    Debbie says:

    Gluten free rye bread, french fries, and chance to meet other celiacs what a great idea!!!

  14. 14
    Elizabeth says:

    What a fabulous idea! I will come all the way from Long Island 😉

  15. 15
    carmen says:

    yes! I’m so there! I’ll bring other gf folks too!

  16. 16
    Nancy says:

    Great idea!

  17. 17
    Karen says:

    I’ll be thinking of y’all eating all that good GF stuff, and meeting new GF friends. It’s way too far from Arizona, but someday, I’ll be in New York and we can all meet for a party then.

  18. 18
    Aaron Tabackman says:

    yes. Definitely. Having these strictly GF Sundays is a great idea.

  19. 19
    mimi says:

    such a great idea! if i am in town- would LOVE to join!

  20. 20
    cecily says:

    I am so there!!!! And Sundays are a good day for me!

  21. 21
    rachel says:

    with enough notice, i’d come!
    sounds great!
    i’ve been wanting to try this place and it would be a great excuse!

  22. 22
    Debra says:

    I would love to come to a GF Sunday at Friedman’s!

  23. 23
    steve says:

    sounds great.

  24. 24
    Polly Hanson says:

    I would TOTALLY do this…coming from Massachusetts.


  25. 25
    Branden says:

    Sounds amazing! I would come in from Queens for it (yes, Astoria ishttp://www.typepad.com/t/comments
    CeliacChicks not as far as Philly but still).

  26. 26
    Wendy says:

    Oh how I would LOVE a GF potato pancake. I unfortunately live in Boston and am unable to attend. I will keep all the GF places in mind next time I come to NY. I LOVE my frequent emails from you. Please keep them coming. Eat one for me.

  27. 27
    Tribeca Girl says:

    Absolutely YES!!!!

  28. 28
    Brandon says:

    OMG sounds awesome! Just say when.

  29. 29
    erin says:

    I came to the event at Pala and loved it. I would definitely come to this!

  30. 30
    Jessica says:

    YES!!! Sounds great for that price! Thanks!

  31. 31
    meryl says:

    sounds great

  32. 32
    Ashley johnson says:

    of course I’ll be there!!!! Missed the Meetup so this gives me another chance. +1 for tony!

  33. 33
    Mary Beth MEsi says:

    I would love to be there!! When??

  34. 34
    Hannah says:

    Yes, this sounds great!

  35. 35
    Moira says:

    I missed the event at Pala, but won’t make the same mistake this time. I vote yes!

  36. 36
    alena says:

    this sounds great! i’d love to join in for something like this. besides, i’m always up to meet new folks that won’t get annoyed trying to dine out with me 🙂

  37. 37
    ChrisB says:

    Would love to, sounds like a great idea. With enough notice, I can be there – down from Massachusetts… maybe with the whole family. (4)

  38. 38
    Marni says:

    I would love to go!

  39. 39
    CeliacChick says:

    Whoa! You guys have made it very clear that you would like to do this!! I’m soooo surprised to see that people would come from all over: Long Island,Connecticut,Philadelphia,Virginia,Massachusetts,and were you serious about all the way from Mexico City, Terry?!!!

    Man,you guys know how to put the pressure on the hostess!! 🙂

  40. 40
    lisa says:

    I usually go to this diner called Peter’s that has gf food but since it isn’t completely gf i am usually a little nervous so this would be wonderful

  41. 41
    laurie says:

    Yes! GF potato pancakes, cannot wait.

  42. 42
    David S. says:

    This sounds great to me!!!

  43. 43
    Tom says:

    sounds good!

  44. 44
    Kerrie says:

    My mouth is watering for potato pancakes!

  45. 45
    Wendy says:

    Would love a turkey on rye with a potato pancake.

  46. 46
    anne says:

    I’m in. Make it a Sun. in July or a Sat or Sun. in Aug.
    I work on Sat. (except Aug.) and couldn’t make the last one 🙁
    Any evening would be ok, too. Thanks for organizing this!!

  47. 47
    Lori says:

    Yes, I would like to come in from NJ. Please keep me posted!

  48. 48
    GFAsian says:

    I would definitely come in from NJ for this w/my husband as well! Please keep us posted.

  49. 49
    Dee says:

    When, when,when???? I will plan to be in NYC just for this!

  50. 50
    lisa says:

    i’d be coming from nj but i’d definately be interested! keep me posted on the get togethering 🙂

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