10 Best Gelatos in New York

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A waffle cone costs you no more than a regular cone at Eataly's Gelateria.


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.


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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


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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


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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
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Location Info

Eataly

200 Fifth Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Love Gelato

167 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Ciao Bella Café

285 Mott St., New York, NY

Category: General

Popbar

5 Carmine St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Savarese

5924 New Utrecht Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Amorino

60 University Place, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

L'Arte Del Gelato

75 Ninth Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Il Laboratorio Del Gelato

188 Ludlow St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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6 comments
gelatonut
gelatonut

Cremeria is as good as anything on the list. So's the gelato at Brooklyn Larder.

Moey
Moey

 Laboratorio del Gelato is by far the best.  Absolutely delicious, delicious, delicious!!!

Joethree
Joethree

you really pussed out with this one sietsema, i liked the choices leading up to number one, but the other guy is right, LDG just isnt that good.

Noah B
Noah B

How is Screme not on the list?!

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

Objection noted. What's your favorite place, Trent_hawk?

Trent_hawk
Trent_hawk

Laboratorio del Gelato is in my opinion, the most wildly overrated gelato shop in this city.  Perhaps its fans get weak-kneed at the idea of a 'laboratory" approach to food, as opposed to striving for consistent delicious food.  Too bad many foodie/wine people prefer interesting over delicious. And it's expensive too.

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