If you paid any attention in English class, you distinctly remember Washington Irving’s literary tale: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, with the Headless Horseman and good ‘ol Ichabod Crane.
However, if you’re anything like me, you have zero recollection of the actual story and up until recently, associated it with some spooky piece of literature you were forced to read the spark notes on in hopes of passing the final exam.
Flash forward to today and all I think of when I hear Headless Horseman, Ichabod and Irving is a bar, a restaurant and a street.
Enter Ichabod’s, a cozy, rustic restaurant situated on the corner of Irving Place in Union Square next door to it’s sister bar – Headless Horseman.
Although there is no gluten-free menu, our waitress was very knowledgeable on what I could and could not eat of chef Matthew Etchemendy’s (Koi) menu items.
Dishes from around the table included:
The tuna tartare is not gluten-free, however, the waitress was able to bring a GF version over for me (pictured). I didn’t eat the chips though so no comment on the GF status of those.
If you’re gluten-free and don’t feel like being tortured, don’t allow any one at the table to order these. They smelled amazing and heard the taste was equivalent.
Not pictured and also gluten-free: all of the raw bar selection (ask about the market ceviche) & both salads. The share plates & large plates you will need to ask your server to verify!
Dinner is not complete without a cocktail (a must try at Ichabod’s – brought to you by Jeremy Strawn of the Mulberry Project) and dessert.
While the table ate this (warning: major food porn ahead)…
…I was extremely happy with my bowl of gluten-free cinnamon ice cream. Considering it was beyond amazing, I can’t imagine what these desserts tasted like.
The tiny restaurant only hosts a limited number of tables to make sure to make a reservation as soon as possible.
Pros: Delicious food/drinks, intimate space, good crowd with a bar next door.
Cons: Small space/limited availability.