Lexington Brass

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in everything, gluten free grubbing | 0 comments

The ever expanding EMM Group, run by nightlife veterans Mark Birnbaum, Eugene Remm and Michael Hirtenstein seems to do no wrong. Their uber successful ventures include Catch restaurant and rooftop, Abe & Arthurs, SL to name a few.

The aforementioned are some of EMM’s most publicized establishments with celebs of the likes of Rihanna, Jets QB Mark Sanchez, Robin Thicke – to name a few – dining & dancing there. However, not many people are aware that a quaint American brasserie, Lexington Brass, is also an EMM property.


Opened about a year ago, Lexington Brass’s modern American cuisine was originally spearheaded by Chef Franklin Becker.  However, the executive chef title is now held by Chef Chris Leahy, who is apparently very open to trying new styles of cooking including serving up several gluten-free dishes.

Walk in and the immediate essence reminds you of EMM’s other restaurants. If you’ve been to any of their spots, you know that as weird as it sounds, they all smell alike – whether it be the musky cologne of SL or the truffled cooking at Abes.

But on to the food. I was fortunate enough to sit down with manager Vivian and put together a Lexington Brass Gluten-Free Menu for you all.

Here’s a sampling from the my plates & others:

Egg White Omelette w/ mushroom & goat cheese (GF)


Buttermilk Pancakes w/ lemon butter & berries – side of GF bacon


Shrimp Cocktail (GF)


Cheeseburger & Truffle Fries

Honestly, I don’t think you can paint a better picture of a burger & fries. This looked phenomenal and sadly not gluten-free.


Vegetable Chopped Salad (GF)

I got the above and asked to add seared tuna, which they served on the side…


Seared Tuna (GF)


And from the dinner menu:

GF Cheddar Biscuits

These biscuits were served with homemade chipotle butter and they were in fact, amazing. They are homemade with tapioca starch and they need to start selling these by the bagful immediately.


Kale Salad (GF)


Salmon Ceviche (made GF)

The salmon & fluke ceviches are both made with gluten (soy sauce & miso) but you can request them as gluten-free and you’ll receive the above, which was still very good.


Diver Scallops (GF)

Ask for the scallops to be made GF. It is easy to under or wrongly cook scallops, but these were perfect.


Cauliflower Romesco (GF)

Never have I ever seem purple cauliflower – until now.


GF Pumpkin Spice Waffle

I was told there was a special gluten-free dessert coming and could barely contain my anticipation and excitement. This GF pumpkin spice waffle will be hitting the Lexington Brass brunch menu any day now. I was lucky enough to try it before it is available, and let me tell you – it’s unbelievably good.

Chef Leahy was actually on Good Day NY a few days ago cooking up some (non-GF) beer waffles with anchors Rosanna & Dave. Peep the clip here.

I’m actually full just from writing this post. #foodporn overload.

Lexington Brass
Rating: A
Pros: Innovative modern American cuisine. GF pumpkin spice waffles.
Cons: Truffle fries. They aren’t GF 

Lexington Brass on Urbanspoon

Lexington Brass: 517 Lexington Ave, NY NY 10017 (212) 392-5976


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