Tatjana Mustac is a college ambassador with celiac disease and a native of Queens, NY. Tatjana currently is a PreMedical student at Queens College, CUNY. She “enjoys exploring and trying new restaurants with her Nima Sensor.”

The Burger Garage

gluten free burger and fries

Location:  25-36 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101T

#nimatested Dish: single burger with cheese fries and a chocolate shake

Notes: The restaurant has a classic diner vibe and has a vast selection of delicious treats for its gluten free customers. My favorite treat was a single burger with cheese fries and a chocolate shake. My Nima loved it as well!

Shah’s Halal Cart

gluten free shahs halal

Location: Shah’s Halal Cart has many locations throughout Queens and Long Island however, I am reviewing their locations at Queens College, CUNY in Flushing, NY.

#nimatested Dish: chicken over rice with white sauce

Notes: The halal carts offer various halal food platters but, do not advertise as gluten-free! A favorite of mine is chicken over rice with lots of white sauce! To my surprise, my Nima was happy with my choice!

The Thirsty Koala

gluten free hamburger and fries

Location:  35-12 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105 

#nimatested Dish: beef burger with gluten-free bun and french fries

Notes: A gluten-free Australian restaurant, the Thirsty Koala has a separate kitchen area for the preparation of gluten-free food. My favorite meal there is a beef burger with a gluten-free bun and french fries. As expected, my Nima was happy with how my food was prepared!


gluten free pasta

Location: 39-38 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361

#nimatested Dish: penne alla vodka with grilled chicken

Notes: Papazzio is a classic Italian restaurant that can make nearly everything on it’s regular menu, gluten-free! Some of my favorites at Papazzio include: penne alla vodka with grilled chicken, fried calamari, rice balls and their brownie a la mode! Every time I visit, my Nima is full of smiles!


gluten free acai bowl

Location: 32-55 Francis Lewis Blvd, Flushing, NY 11358

#nimatested Dish: acai bowl

Notes: Fitrition is a local smoothie and healthy foods joint. They have the best acai bowls I have ever tried! The granola used on the premises is not gluten-free therefore, you have to remove granola from your bowl. However, without granola, my Nima is always happy when I visit.

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