Lunch at Lilli and Loo's on Lexington Avenue in NYC is one of the most pleasant ways to spend an hour or so in the midst of shopping. If you've come to the restaurant with a gluten-eating friend, rest assured you will both be satisfied, and you will plan to return to explore the extensive gluten free dinner menu.
The fast and attentive service is at Lilli and Loo is a plus when you're busy rushing around one of the city's prime shopping areas. The restaurant's decor is informal, yet attractive and witty. The starter salad, overdressed iceberg lettuce, was disappointing. Garnished with bright and freshly steamed vegetables, however, the gluten free General Tso's Tofu was perfectly hot and sweet--a wonderful taste of pre-gluten-free days.
A real standout, though, was dessert (see the slide show). When is the last time your local Chinese restaurant surprised you with the quality of its baked goods? The blueberry pound cake was remarkable. Light and coconutty, dusted with powdered sugar....perfect ending to a lovely lunch. One request, though: gluten free fortune cookies!