Rose & Basil is an adorable cafe tucked away in the East Village. Everything from the cute, colorful and feminine decor to the rose petal-adorned lattes and cakes topped with fresh roses is completely Insta-worthy. And while shops specializing in baked goods aren’t always the most GF-friendly, Rose & Basil has a variety of options – from cakes to truffles to avo toast – that will hold as a savory meal or satisfy your sweet tooth…
Luckily for gluten-free diners, nearly all of the savory options can be made with gluten-free bread – we tried the avo toast, which was piled high on top of a toasted Udi’s bagel. Most of the mini cakes – such as the namesake rose and basil cake and the vegan Nutella cake – are also made naturally gluten-free, and don’t have the crumbly consistency that so many GF treats do. (My gluten-eating friend enjoyed the GF cakes just as much as I did!) Rose & Basil takes care to avoid cross-contamination by alternating days where they bake gluten-free and gluten-containing goods. While they can’t completely guarantee that all of their products are 100% safe for those with gluten allergies, they did let me know that they take special care with their customers with Celiac, and they haven’t had any adverse reactions. Finally, you can’t leave Rose & Basil without trying one of their lattes. We tried a Rose Latte, which was infused with rose flavoring and topped with petals, and a sweet, spicy Turmeric Latte, and both were delicious. If you’re after a different type of buzz, Rose & Basil also recently started offering wine and beer, including a prosecco drink that, of course, comes with a rose right in it.
As an East Village resident, I’ll definitely be coming back to this cozy cafe to hole up and get work done, meet friends for drinks and treats (and to say hi to the owner’s adorable Instagram-famous French bulldog, @chiaralafrancine), or grab some floral-tasting truffles or cake to go.