10 Best Gelatos in New York
The creamy imported-from-Italy treat called gelato has taken the city by ice storm over the last decade, and even old-guard Italian ice palaces have started selling it. This cousin of ice cream (which sports a lower fat content) is often lighter, smoother, and more rich tasting, with a palette of flavors more refined. Here are our 10 favorite places to get it.
Note that for this list we've considered only retail gelaterias, and not restaurants that make and serve it as part of their regular menus. We've also not included many fine Italian bakeries that specialize in ices, rather than true gelati.
10. Gelateria at Eataly - Made from local organic milk and premium nuts imported from Italy, Eataly's gelato tends to be denser and served colder than other brands - which could be a boon if you like those qualities. Named after the sort of fresh mozzarella that Italian-American immigrants transplanted here, fiore di latte (show above) is the best flavor, bursting with essence de cow and no extraneous vanilla. Plain milk has never tasted better! 200 Fifth Avenue, 646-398-5100
9. Grom - Though I feel this gelato chain from Milano is oft overrated, their products are wildly popular, especially among Upper West Siders. I'll admit, the espresso - made from organic coffee beans trucked in from Guatemala - is wildly good, and will prop your peepers open as if with toothpicks. 2165 Broadway, 212-362-1837
8. Via Quadronno - This darling little Italian café goes its own way with gelati fabrication, creating a product midway between old-fashioned Brooklyn-style milk ices and the higher-fat concoctions called gelato today. The peach (shown above) is without reproach: chunky with fresh fruit and exactly as it needs to be to put the ripe flavor across. 25 East 73rd Street, 212-650-9880