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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 #900 of 11,599 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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Neighborhood: Lower East Side
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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 NEW

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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145 reviews 145 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
229 helpful votes 229 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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197 reviews 197 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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Tel Aviv, Israel
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

We found this place while strolling at the Lower East Side and fell in love with the unique and tasty icecream. It's just perfect! They have original flavours and it was a great refreshment in a very busy day.

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Two tastes for free, and I suggest you use them because where else can you taste wasabi gelato or hibiscus?? I wasn't going to get a whole serving (opted for salted carmel and chocolate with crushed almonds instead), but hey, the wasabi had me asking for it a rice bowl instead of a cone or a cup! Worth the trip,... More

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Michigan
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90 reviews 90 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

The range of flavors here are amazing: black sesame, thai chili chocolate, lemon verbena sorbet--they have over 300. But beware! they only allow you 2 tastings, so choose carefully. All of it was full flavored and delicious.

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Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I have been twice and they've had completely different flavours to choose from each time. Sometimes a bit hit and miss but that's part of the fun, great concept. Green apple is definitely a favourite.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Go there and have the perfect ice cream. It was my first time there, hoping to get back soon! Staff was really kind and fast

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