Il Laboratorio del Gelato

Il Laboratorio del Gelato

Ice Cream Parlor$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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    The gelato at Il Laboratorio del Gelato is a can't miss
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    Christina D.
    "Try the olive oil and don't underestimate the amazing gelato cakes."(95 Tips)
    Rich C.
    "try the amaretto crunch and buttermilk together... delicious!"(7 Tips)
    Elevine B.
    "Best seasonal flavour so far; apple sorbetto 🍏 Pumpkin was also ok"(41 Tips)
    Ben M.
    "Mexican cinnamon and dark chocolate is an excellent combination."(22 Tips)
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  • sorbet
  • ice cream
  • amaretto crunch
  • dark chocolate
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  • May♍heart icon on user image
    May♍July 27, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    This place has the sterile feel of a lab that churns out delicious gelato via the magic of icecream science! Love the plethora of flavors. Whatever you may have a taste for you're sure to find it here
  • Deon D.heart icon on user image
    Deon DApril 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    With over 300 flavors, you can have a different flavor combination every time you visit. I really liked the basil, pink peppercorn, and zabaglione. Next time I will probably leave with a "pint" or 2.
  • Nina L.heart icon on user image
    Nina LoSchiavoJuly 9, 2015
    Best spot in New York for some creamy gelato. The dark chocolate is so deliciously rich that it pairs perfectly with just about any 'light' flavor.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissJune 7, 2015
    Worthy of being in consideration for the best ice cream in NYC. 9/10 on execution, 7/10 on creativity. Honey lavender and orange dark chocolate were standouts.
  • Shuang L.heart icon on user image
    Shuang LiangJuly 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    They have lots of wierd flavor!! But they all taste awesome!! Last time I tried root beer flavor hmmm awesome!! And the decoration is different from other gelato shop.
  • Alexa M.heart icon on user image
    Alexa MarconAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    lemon basil sorbet is one of the best things I've ever tasted 🍋🌱 basil gelato also kills the game (how much do I love basil? more than most things).
  • Teresaheart icon on user image
    TeresaMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The best black sesame gelato/ice cream that I've ever had! Passion fruit, dark chocolate & toasted white sesame are delicious as well! Flavors change daily so get the black sesame if you see it.
  • Hey P.
    Hey PeopleJuly 17, 2015
    Oh, hell yes! A great gelato place in the fantastic SoHo area. At first, it seems as four bucks for a small container is too much but with the sophisticated plastic spoon, it actually makes me full.
  • Meghan Kathleen
    Meghan KathleenJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Of course everyone knows about their unique gelato, but swing by for a coffee. They do a good espresso, but if you're in the mood for coffee, try it iced with coffee ice cubes for some extra zing.
  • arianacrz
    arianacrzMay 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They always give out 2 samples a person so give Thai Chili Chocolate a try!!! Only for the brave!! But other than that everything is delish!
  • Lauren M.heart icon on user image
    Lauren MacAugust 21, 2015
    Take a number -- it's worth it, promise! The kahlua and salted caramel combination was creamy and flavorful, and they don't cut corners with their ingredients. Cute serving tins too!
  • suzanne 🌶
    suzanne 🌶August 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm a devoted fan. Found this gem when it first opened & before it moved to another location. It's still the best gelato NYC has to offer. I say it without hesitation. I want to try all the flavors.
  • Shahheart icon on user image
    ShahSeptember 19, 2014
    Mind blowing. With amazing rotating flavors that include saffron, basil or espresso, you really can't go wrong. Take a chance on something that sounds too crazy to be good.
  • Toshie
    ToshieAugust 27, 2013
    With a ton of options to choose from, there's no doubt you will find 'the' flavor to please even the most sophisticated palate... And while you make up your mind, ask for samples!
  • Patricio M.
    Patricio MAugust 26, 2012
    Great place for the adventurous sweet tooth! There are more than 20 different favors to enjoy from the average (vanilla) to the weirdest (black pepper corn). Give yourself a treat and get there ;-)
  • Emma K.heart icon on user image
    Emma KleinMay 1, 2015
    The honey lavender gelato was heavenly! Such subtle yet delectable tastes. Very modern industrial atmosphere. Cute and tiny spoons help you savor the gelato!
  • Hannah G.heart icon on user image
    Hannah GMAugust 7, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic and ever-changing roster of inventive flavors. I'm partial to the olive oil and the dark chocolate sorbet, but everything I've tried has been amazing.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 15, 2016
    At this ice-cream lab, you can get a taste of experimental flavors like fresh basil, mascarpone and butternut squash. Read more
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanAugust 11, 2013
    The options can seem overwhelming but if you go with your gut, I'm sure you won't be disappointed! If you really can't decide, the Avocado and Mocha Choc Chip were deliciously awesome.
  • Shashi J.
    Shashi JanardhanMarch 2, 2014
    While the gelatos are great ,the coffee is a real surprise. Try the Anericano made from freshly ground coffee beans - just delicious. The staff is very friendly too.
  • Earn N.heart icon on user image
    Earn NichaDecember 22, 2016
    The best dark choc ice cream in the whole world. Fuji Apple is also great. I'm a big fan of ice cream and this one is among my fave.
  • Kathy L.heart icon on user image
    Kathy LiuOctober 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I had the ricotta and black sesame gelato and it was divine 😍
  • pipituheart icon on user image
    pipituAugust 18, 2022
    I guess it’s the best gelato you can get in an ice cream shop. But to get the best gelato go to Italian restaurants like Misi.
  • Sofia P.heart icon on user image
    Sofia PapastamelosAugust 15, 2016
    The dark chocolate is amazingly rich and flavorful! Pair that with one of the unique lighter flavors like tarragon, basil, etc.
  • citizenM
    citizenMOctober 14, 2014
    Must try flavors: Tarragon Pink Peppercorn, Turkish Coffee, Grapefruit Campari Sorbet, Concord Grape Sorbet Read more
  • Geoffroy B.heart icon on user image
    Geoffroy BablonJuly 21, 2015
    This place looks eerily sterile, but the gelato flavors are so good it makes sense there's an army of mad scientists operating behind the counter. Try the basil.
  • Susanna S.heart icon on user image
    Susanna SooApril 8, 2019
    Best gelato in nyc, even in Italy it’s hard to find such quality. With 300+ flavours developed, my fav is mascarpone.
  • Christina C.heart icon on user image
    Christina ChinJuly 26, 2015
    Rich and creamy and tasty! Got amaretto crunch and salted caramel. Portion is small and a bit pricey
  • Vaidehi K.heart icon on user image
    Vaidehi KJune 30, 2015
    Unusual flavors. So delicious! Love the rectangular cups with their side by side scoop serving idea.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 8, 2013
    Some of the city's best gelato in a series of inventive rotating flavors. There's an ice cream here for everyone.
  • Sam E.
    Sam ElliottJune 15, 2017
    Their flavors are so distinct and pure that there's a huge difference between their green grape sorbet and their red grape sorbet. Yum!
  • Max B.heart icon on user image
    Max BpmApril 15, 2016
    You must get the pomegranate sorbet flavor, it's so good, you'll be coming back for more!
  • Esther C.heart icon on user image
    Esther ChoiOctober 14, 2015
    Everythinggggg. Amazingly delicious, perfect, melt-on-your-tongue gelato crafted in small batches in a wonderful variety of flavors.
  • Honghui Y.heart icon on user image
    Honghui YuJuly 6, 2015
    So many amazing and unique flavors of gelato here! Recently tried a blackberry and black mission fig combo that was simply divine.
  • Thomas M.heart icon on user image
    Thomas MoJuly 22, 2013
    Thai chili chocolate was amazing. Olive oil is a must for 3+ scoops, as its clean subtle taste clears strong flavors from your taste buds
  • Wejdan ✨heart icon on user image
    Wejdan ✨April 8, 2017
    Turkish fig and salted caramel are the best. I love that some of the flavors are mixed with fresh fruit chunks or like shredded coconut.
  • Stuart
    StuartJuly 29, 2013
    Best gelato I've ever eaten! Flavored are inventive and creative. The price is so reasonable! When I go back to New York! I am DEFINITELY coming back!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 7, 2011
    White everything at this lab-like ice cream shop. A cool, modern atmosphere serving up unique and delicious ice cream. We love the honey lavender and black sesame!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 14, 2011
    This gelato spot is known for its interesting ice cream flavors. The Thai Chili Chocolate is not for those with a timid palette. Prepare yourself for small yet pricey portions.
  • Julian P.heart icon on user image
    Julian PaulMay 25, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't go wrong. Try the flavor that you're curious about and ask for a recommendation for what it would pair well with.
  • Neta S.heart icon on user image
    Neta ShlezingerDecember 8, 2014
    Amazing green tea gelato! The honey lavender was excellent too. Can't wait to try all the other exotic flavors they produce.
  • Jenny U.heart icon on user image
    Jenny UngAugust 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Had the Salted Caramel (customer favorite) and I see why! Also Black Currant sorbet was so good, tart and fruity!
  • Collette S.heart icon on user image
    Collette SNovember 17, 2015
    LOVE this place - best gelato on the LES. GET: the lavender honey, but try as many flavors as you can!
  • Curtis S.heart icon on user image
    Curtis ShoungApril 24, 2017
    Great fresh flavors here. Mint is actually mint! Green team when they have it is rich and intense.
  • Victoria G.heart icon on user image
    Victoria GMay 2, 2017
    Grab a squad. Make 'em all grab scoops on cones. Bonus: @ If you're adventurous, try Sage! It's light and grows on you.
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group
    Seriously one of the best gelateria's around! You have to try the black mission fig, the thai chili chocolate, chestnut honey and macadamia. You'll definitely be screaming for more!
  • Vee L.heart icon on user image
    Vee LomboMarch 14, 2011
    i witnessed a grown woman lick her sample spoon well after it was empty. needless to say, the flavor is amazing. tried dulce de leche and mango sorbet. can taste the ingredients in each bite.
  • Lindsay D.
    Lindsay DeMarcoMay 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down best gelato in NYC. If anyone tells you different, they're wrong. Great selection great staff! Tip them well, they deserve every penny.
  • Isabel Z.heart icon on user image
    Isabel ZapataJune 28, 2013
    Favorite ice cream in the city. Try the grape sorbet and flor di latte gelato.
  • Jason B.heart icon on user image
    Jason BrewJune 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best kept secret is the La Colombe cold brew with coffee ice cubes for only $3
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