Nice Matin is a traditional French style brasserie on the Upper West Side. It is owned by the same individuals that own Nizza in midtown. I had read that they have a very good gluten free menu so I was excited when we decided to go there for brunch last weekend. We had to wait quite a while for a table but I think that is the norm for that part of town.
When we sat down I inquired about their gluten free menu. The waiter informed me that they do not in fact have a gluten free menu for breakfast but was very helpful in pointing out what dishes could be prepared gluten free. I asked to see what their evening gluten free menu looked like just to get an idea of what was available.
I noticed on their menu that they had hamburgers served on a gluten free hamburger bun. One of my favorite breakfast foods is eggs benedict. I don't get to enjoy them all that often but sitting at that lovely french brasserie I knew that is what I wanted. I asked the waiter if I could get the eggs benedict served on a gluten free hamburger bun instead of an english muffin. He looked at me a bit inquisitively and said he would have to ask the chef but thought it seemed possible.
He quickly returned to our table and informed me that the chef said that he could definitely prepare my eggs benedict that way- success! The food was wonderful. The eggs were perfectly poached and the sauce was excellent. The hamburger bun served as the perfect substitution. My friend also ordered a gluten free dish (not intentionally). He had eggs and asparagus served over polenta. He said that it was also excellent.
I very much enjoyed my visit to Nice Matin. I am looking forward to going back for dinner and ordering from the entirely gluten free menu.