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Il Laboratorio del Gelato

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188 Ludlow Street, New York City, NY 10002
(212) 343-9922
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7:30 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: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks

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  • 84
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  • 45
    Very good
  • 14
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  • 7
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
BEST GELATO IN NY

This is the best Gelato in New York. If you get a milkshake, you HAVE TO try a dark chocolate and salted caramel thick shake!!! Simply heavenly.... just phenomenal. So many flavors, so many possibilities... You can't possibly go wrong.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This is the best Gelato in New York. If you get a milkshake, you HAVE TO try a dark chocolate and salted caramel thick shake!!! Simply heavenly.... just phenomenal. So many flavors, so many possibilities... You can't possibly go wrong.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Authentic Italian gelato is hard to find outside of Italy but Il Laboratorio del Gelato is the exception. If you can't make it to Rome this summer, head down to Houston Street and sample a variety of luscious flavors that would make your trip worthwhile. While you are at it, if you haven't ever sampled some of the best pastrami... More 

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Winnipeg, MB
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The flavours at this place that not surprisingly provides many Manhattan restaurants with their ice cream are amazing. It's hard to even choose 3 so repeated visits are a must!

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Niskayuna, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I am sorry I wasted my calories on this mediocre gelato. There were many flavors and the service was very nice, but I chose two flavors (that is the least you can have here) and they tasted exactly the same. They were cloyingly sweet (and I am a person who LOVES sweet) and they had no other flavor at all.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Great place for dessert after Katz's Deli. the flavors rotate. My favorite is back sesame. You get to sample before you buy.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

since it gets crowded, its great that they have a ticketing system. they have awesomely unique flavors from avocado to olive oil to carrot to mocha.

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This place is a must! The place looks like a laboratory. The employees wear lab coats too! The sorbets come in a diverse range of flavors and are made on the premises.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

After a disappointing lunch at Katz's Deli next door, we stopped by this gelato place. Their gelato is absolutely fantastic! I had the chocolate mint and bourbon pecan. WOW! Forget what Meg Ryan's having at Katz's, cross the street to Il Laboratorio and load up on gelato.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Used to visit this place frequently few years back when living in NYC. Went back for vacation and tried it again- Gelato here is excellent and worth the money. Parking is difficult to find though. The flavors we had- Thai chilly chocolate, black sesame, milk chocolate, fresh mint, dark chocolate orange and salty caramel. Last two flavors were the best.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This very much resembles a sterile laboratory including the smell of bleach. However the ice cream is delicious. I recommend scoops of Armagnac and amaretto crunch.

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Additional Information about Il Laboratorio del Gelato

Address: 188 Ludlow Street, New York City, NY 10002
Phone Number: (212) 343-9922
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
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
Average Prices: USD 20

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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
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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