188 Ludlow St (at East Houston), New York, NY | Directions 1000240.7221829023549 -73.98724544047546
M-Th 7:30am-10pm, F 7:30am-midnight, Sa 10am-midnight, Su 10am-10pm
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown
Ciao Bella Now Uses Fillers in their Ice Cream! – Diasppointed to see that many (all? - we had their chocolate and triple espresso) of their ice creams now use
- Guar Gum
- Locust Bean Gum
all at the same time. Yikes! We loved the ice cram they make, but now won't touch it. Had some lately and wondered why it tasted funny. Then we read the list of ingredients. Looks like the expansion of their business drove a once great brand to focus more on profits than on the quality that got them to the top.
overly glamourized with terrible employee attitude – After having a nice pastrami sandwich at the Lower East Side's Katz Deli, I decided to indulge my sweet tooth across the street at il Laboratorio del Gelato. Expecting the best, I was confronted with angry and unresponsive staff (the ladies refused to let anyone sample the flavors). I basically choose my flavors as you do with lottery numbers- complete chance. I must say that this place sells mediocre sorbet!!! It leaves a slimy film of grease on the surface of your tongue and seems to have a musky savor which is very distasteful. I am very disappointed with this venue and will not be returning there again.
BTW, I had Mango, Strawberry, Pomegranate.
Editorial Review – With more than 100 flavors, this gelato and sorbet shop in the Lower East Side is one the leading suppliers of New York restaurants.
Best Chocolate Gelato – This is definitely the best gelato I've tasted anywhere. Very rich and creamy. You HAVE to try the dark chocolate, it's basically cold melted chocolate. The coconut and malt are good too. They also sell pint sized flavors at Whole Foods and several other more upscale grocery stores in NYC.
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! – since first going to italy 9 years ago, i have searched high and low for the taste of the phenomenal concoctions i had every night in rome. at the laboratorio del gelato, this is the closest i have ever come. hits the spot every time.
heavenly! – This is the best gelato I've ever tasted. It makes it hard to go back to ice cream! Everything is homemade on the premises, with fresh ingredients - and you can truly taste the difference. Flavors change daily, but there is always a nice blend of classic flavors like vanilla & chocolate, with unique - but strangely delicious - creations such as honey lavendar (my favorite) and ricotta gelato. They also have delicous sorbets - the mango literally tastes like whipped fruit. I can't visit the Delancy St. area without making a stop here. I only wish they'd expand their hours!
If you can't get to Rome, get your gelato fix here! – This is by far the best gelato in New York, and the best I've had outside Italy (for the record, the best is Il Gelato di San Crispino in Rome). Sure, Il Lab's selection of flavors is limited, but the ones they do have are simple, unique, and delicious. Try the hazelnut, honey, dark chocolate, or the creme fraiche. Their hours can be a little iffy (why aren't they open after dinner?), but if that's what it takes to make gelato this good, it's worth it. Bellissimo!
refreshing respite! – My son and I stopped by Laboratorio del Gelato after a visit to the Tenement Museum. Luckily, we stepped into the small shop when there were only 4 or 5 people in line. I had the lime and mint sorbet and the strawberry sorbet. WOW! The lime and mint was SO refreshing, tart and flavorful. The strawberry tasted exactly like fresh strawberries. I have to say that the lime was really the best I had ever had. Sure wish I had the recipe! Please stop by--and visit the Tenement Museum, too! A crowd came in as we were leaving--we timed it just right. (Sorry, we didn't try the gelato)
Some of the Best Ice Cream in the City – Some of the best sorbets and gelato I have ever had (even compared to Rome). The fruit tastes just explode in your mouth! Unfortunately, they only serve a handulf of flavors by the scoop (I guess more available ready-packed).
Beware the unruly crowds that fill up their extremely tiny counter area - the last experience I had was so bad that I won't be going back anytime soon.
Overrated – I had to have the best in NYC (which this was rated in May). Not the easiest place to find, and very disappointing. I had better on Bleecker and in Little italy.
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