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Il Laboratorio del Gelato

188 Ludlow Street, New York City, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)
(212) 343-9922
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Ranked #875 of 11,659 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Dessert, Ice Cream
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
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Adelaide, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

I have travelled the world in search of the perfect ice cream and found it on the corner of Houston and Ludlow, NY. This place is the El Bulli of ice cream.

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

I have been around the block a few times (around many parts of the world) and have eaten v good ice cream in the USA, Italy, Belgium, England, Russia, etc and this is the best ice cream. Super creamy with lovely, innovative flavours. The lab is pretty cool and lab ish with really friendly staff. They don't give you teeny... More

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Dusseldorf
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

We came from Katz accross the street and by coincidence found this gelateria, triggered by the packs of Maldon salt in the side entrance we were curious...so i tried the caramel with salt flavour and dark chocolate... Heaven! I still have the memory of the flavor ... Not sure I understand why one is limited to only 2 flavours though...... More

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Waveland, Mississippi
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Well-located right across from Katz's Deli, and has a very wide range of flavors. Some of them are super weird, like spicy Thai chocolate. Not all of them are good, but the gelato itself is excellent. Flavors are of course personal preference. Kind of a big store, but seating is surprisingly limited - I guess all the extra space is... More

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Pregnana Milanese, Italy
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Just accross the street in front of of Katz's Deli, St. east houston corner lodlow st, and you can taste a great ice cream. A real "italian Gelato"; the material used are real fresh, no aromas synthesis; I try a great mint flavor, with inside small pieces of fresh mint, with a dark chocolate. It's strange, I know, but it... More

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Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I was in Milan last september and had plenty of getalo.. if you are in NYC and crave Ice cream stop by this place you won't regret it

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San Francisco, California
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153 reviews 153 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I can't say I agree with most of the reviewers here. The flavors were good, but the whole consistency was wrong. The gelato I had was hard due to too low a temperature, a cardinal sin for gelato. Even the person behind the counter said she didn't know why it was so hard. And the sorbet had the consistency of... More

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San Francisco, California
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230 reviews 230 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Absolutely adored this place& the exotic flavours! The queue system wasn't overly efficient but it was worth the wait. You get two free taste samples & thereafter it's 50c! There didn't seem to be a standard chocolate so we got the Thai chilli chocolate & it was the most incredible delight I've ever experienced in gelato. At first taste it's... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

We first found this place when it was in a tiny "hole" under the tenement museum. It's new location is huge and feels kind of sterile but this allows them to have an incredible assortment of creative flavors of gelato and ices (they claim 300 but not all are available every day). It's a great place to stop on a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We came here because of the reputation for great ice cream. That didn't disappoint. BUT expect to have bad customer service AND you should know that you're only allowed to try 2 Flavors before purchasing (any trials after the 2nd cost $0.50/trial) - rather expensive!!! Such a shame because their ice cream is great.

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