Hold the Allergens

No tree nuts, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, buckwheat, apples, pineapples, pears, peaches, nectarines, apricots, eggplant, seeds of citrus fruits, or poppy seeds: a tough set of guidelines for a chef to work with. Nonetheless, two friends whose food-allergy lists comprise this impressive litany decided to try their luck at three very different restaurants. They emerged safe and satisfied enough to produce a pleased review for New York magazine.

For allergic connoisseurs looking to replicate this experience, food-allergy coach Sloane Miller suggests a list of tips that are a little less gauche than Food Allergy Restaurant Cards.