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Il Laboratorio del Gelato

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Neighborhood:
Lower East Side
Dessert, Ice Cream
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188 Ludlow Street, New York City, NY 10002
(212) 343-9922
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Today
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 7:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Coffee & Tea

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Visitor rating
  • 72
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best ice cream I tried in New York

Ok, so this place does look like a bit of a laboratory - a relatively small customer area is in front of a huge workshop and the staff are all practically dressed in white coats. It's very cool (no pun intended) though, so don't let that put you off. There is an absolutely HUGE range of flavours... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
mebanana
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Los Angeles
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102 reviews 102 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The staff were not really happy to be there - the smell of bleach is overwhelming and I tried going there twice but it was the same each time

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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96 reviews 96 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Ok, so this place does look like a bit of a laboratory - a relatively small customer area is in front of a huge workshop and the staff are all practically dressed in white coats. It's very cool (no pun intended) though, so don't let that put you off. There is an absolutely HUGE range of flavours. We popped in... More 

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New York City, New York
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171 reviews 171 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We live nearby so are able to come here regularly. They have amazing flavors including our favorites ginger, black mission fig, chestnut and any of the chocolate gelatos, and lychee and watermelon sorbettos. Even when very crowded, the line moves fast and the servers are friendly.

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

Love this place. Not only is the gelato yummy, they change the selection quite frequently. So you really get a flavor (pun intended) of what this place has to offer, a range of fruit flavors, herb and spice flavors (cardamom is to die for!), tea flavors, and some of the traditional ice cream flavors. Can't wait to go back this... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Popular place for an after dinner icecream whether you have eaten out or at home. Take a number, review the offerings in the glass case and make your selections of two, three, or four scoops. Served in handy little tubs by a friendly and obliging staff, we enjoyed the tasty gelatos. Two free tastings only! I had exotic Prune armagnac... More 

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woodstock, ny
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46 reviews 46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The dark chocolate is heavenly. The strawberry and the vanilla are wonderful. The banana is very good. You won't be disappointed.

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New York City, New York
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381 reviews 381 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

If you are missing the gelatin of Italy, this is the place to satisfy your craving, perfect place afternoon a long walk or eating session to any restaurant nearby, we just came from The Boil- just 4 minutes walk. What a place...highly recommended...!👌

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Melbourne, Australia
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118 reviews 118 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This place has gelato very comparable to what you would get at the great new gelato places in Rome. Il Laboratorio del Gelato has an exceptional choice of innovative gelato as well as outstanding sorbet. Great flavours. They'll even let you try two flavours before committing to a choice. Keep bringing guests here time and time again. If you go... More 

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I love e the flavours of ice cream in this shop. This time I tried the earl grey and it was the most delicious gelato I have ever eaten. I also tried the pomegranate and it was just as delicious. This is a must visit in New York. They have such interesting flavours, this time I saw sage and basil.... More 

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Paris, France
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Great range of hand made ice creams. Good at any time of the day, and right opposite Katz Deli, so great for desert afterwards

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 188 Ludlow Street, New York City, NY 10002
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighborhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: (212) 343-9922

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Ice Cream
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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