Il Laboratorio del Gelato

Il Laboratorio del Gelato

Ice Cream Shop$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
323 Tips and reviews
  • gelato
  • sorbet
  • ice cream
  • amaretto crunch
  • dark chocolate
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  • Deon D.
    Deon DApril 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    With over 300 flavors, you can have a different flavor combination every time you visit. I really liked the basil, pink peppercorn, and zabaglione. Next time I will probably leave with a "pint" or 2.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissJune 7, 2015
    Worthy of being in consideration for the best ice cream in NYC. 9/10 on execution, 7/10 on creativity. Honey lavender and orange dark chocolate were standouts.
  • Meghan Kathleen
    Meghan KathleenJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Of course everyone knows about their unique gelato, but swing by for a coffee. They do a good espresso, but if you're in the mood for coffee, try it iced with coffee ice cubes for some extra zing.
  • Alexa M.
    Alexa MarconAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    lemon basil sorbet is one of the best things I've ever tasted 🍋🌱 basil gelato also kills the game (how much do I love basil? more than most things).
  • Teresa
    TeresaMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The best black sesame gelato/ice cream that I've ever had! Passion fruit, dark chocolate & toasted white sesame are delicious as well! Flavors change daily so get the black sesame if you see it.
  • Shuang L.
    Shuang LiangJuly 23, 2016
    They have lots of wierd flavor!! But they all taste awesome!! Last time I tried root beer flavor hmmm awesome!! And the decoration is different from other gelato shop.
  • Nina L.
    Nina LoSchiavoJuly 9, 2015
    Best spot in New York for some creamy gelato. The dark chocolate is so deliciously rich that it pairs perfectly with just about any 'light' flavor.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhAugust 6, 2015
    They have some unique gelato & sorbet flavors like tarragon pink peppercorn or vanilla saffron in addition to some Latino favorites like cajeta & dulce de leche & Asian flavors like kalamansi & lychee
  • Suzanne .
    Suzanne 🍋August 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I'm a devoted fan. Found this gem when it first opened & before it moved to another location. It's still the best gelato NYC has to offer. I say it without hesitation. I want to try all the flavors.
  • Patricio M.
    Patricio MAugust 26, 2012
    Great place for the adventurous sweet tooth! There are more than 20 different favors to enjoy from the average (vanilla) to the weirdest (black pepper corn). Give yourself a treat and get there ;-)
  • arianacrz
    arianacrzMay 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They always give out 2 samples a person so give Thai Chili Chocolate a try!!! Only for the brave!! But other than that everything is delish!
  • Toshie
    ToshieAugust 27, 2013
    With a ton of options to choose from, there's no doubt you will find 'the' flavor to please even the most sophisticated palate... And while you make up your mind, ask for samples!
  • Hey P.
    Hey PeopleJuly 17, 2015
    Oh, hell yes! A great gelato place in the fantastic SoHo area. At first, it seems as four bucks for a small container is too much but with the sophisticated plastic spoon, it actually makes me full.
  • Shah
    ShahSeptember 19, 2014
    Mind blowing. With amazing rotating flavors that include saffron, basil or espresso, you really can't go wrong. Take a chance on something that sounds too crazy to be good.
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanAugust 11, 2013
    The options can seem overwhelming but if you go with your gut, I'm sure you won't be disappointed! If you really can't decide, the Avocado and Mocha Choc Chip were deliciously awesome.
  • Emma K.
    Emma KleinMay 1, 2015
    The honey lavender gelato was heavenly! Such subtle yet delectable tastes. Very modern industrial atmosphere. Cute and tiny spoons help you savor the gelato!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacAugust 21, 2015
    Take a number -- it's worth it, promise! The kahlua and salted caramel combination was creamy and flavorful, and they don't cut corners with their ingredients. Cute serving tins too!
  • Shashi J.
    Shashi JanardhanMarch 2, 2014
    While the gelatos are great ,the coffee is a real surprise. Try the Anericano made from freshly ground coffee beans - just delicious. The staff is very friendly too.
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GMAugust 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic and ever-changing roster of inventive flavors. I'm partial to the olive oil and the dark chocolate sorbet, but everything I've tried has been amazing.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 7, 2011
    White everything at this lab-like ice cream shop. A cool, modern atmosphere serving up unique and delicious ice cream. We love the honey lavender and black sesame!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 14, 2011
    This gelato spot is known for its interesting ice cream flavors. The Thai Chili Chocolate is not for those with a timid palette. Prepare yourself for small yet pricey portions.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 15, 2016
    At this ice-cream lab, you can get a taste of experimental flavors like fresh basil, mascarpone and butternut squash. Read more
  • citizenM
    citizenMOctober 14, 2014
    Must try flavors: Tarragon Pink Peppercorn, Turkish Coffee, Grapefruit Campari Sorbet, Concord Grape Sorbet Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 8, 2013
    Some of the city's best gelato in a series of inventive rotating flavors. There's an ice cream here for everyone.
  • Wejdan
    WejdanApril 8
    Turkish fig and salted caramel are the best. I love that some of the flavors are mixed with fresh fruit chunks or like shredded coconut.
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MoJuly 22, 2013
    Thai chili chocolate was amazing. Olive oil is a must for 3+ scoops, as its clean subtle taste clears strong flavors from your taste buds
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group
    Seriously one of the best gelateria's around! You have to try the black mission fig, the thai chili chocolate, chestnut honey and macadamia. You'll definitely be screaming for more!
  • Vee L.
    Vee LomboMarch 14, 2011
    i witnessed a grown woman lick her sample spoon well after it was empty. needless to say, the flavor is amazing. tried dulce de leche and mango sorbet. can taste the ingredients in each bite.
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonJuly 21, 2015
    This place looks eerily sterile, but the gelato flavors are so good it makes sense there's an army of mad scientists operating behind the counter. Try the basil.
  • Vaidehi K.
    Vaidehi KJune 30, 2015
    Unusual flavors. So delicious! Love the rectangular cups with their side by side scoop serving idea.
  • Earn N.
    Earn NichaDecember 22, 2016
    The best dark choc ice cream in the whole world. Fuji Apple is also great. I'm a big fan of ice cream and this one is among my fave.
  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinJuly 26, 2015
    Rich and creamy and tasty! Got amaretto crunch and salted caramel. Portion is small and a bit pricey
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuJuly 6, 2015
    So many amazing and unique flavors of gelato here! Recently tried a blackberry and black mission fig combo that was simply divine.
  • Stuart
    StuartJuly 29, 2013
    Best gelato I've ever eaten! Flavored are inventive and creative. The price is so reasonable! When I go back to New York! I am DEFINITELY coming back!
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosAugust 15, 2016
    The dark chocolate is amazingly rich and flavorful! Pair that with one of the unique lighter flavors like tarragon, basil, etc.
  • Max B.
    Max BpmApril 15, 2016
    You must get the pomegranate sorbet flavor, it's so good, you'll be coming back for more!
  • Lindsay D.
    Lindsay DeMarcoMay 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down best gelato in NYC. If anyone tells you different, they're wrong. Great selection great staff! Tip them well, they deserve every penny.
  • Esther C.
    Esther ChoiOctober 14, 2015
    Everythinggggg. Amazingly delicious, perfect, melt-on-your-tongue gelato crafted in small batches in a wonderful variety of flavors.
  • Neta S.
    Neta ShlezingerDecember 8, 2014
    Amazing green tea gelato! The honey lavender was excellent too. Can't wait to try all the other exotic flavors they produce.
  • Sam E.
    Their flavors are so distinct and pure that there's a huge difference between their green grape sorbet and their red grape sorbet. Yum!
  • Leigh S.
    Leigh SansoneMarch 4, 2013
    Toasted white (or black) sesame, pink peppercorn, fig... The flavors are delish!
  • Jenny U.
    Jenny UngAugust 29, 2015
    Had the Salted Caramel (customer favorite) and I see why! Also Black Currant sorbet was so good, tart and fruity!
  • Collette S.
    Collette SNovember 17, 2015
    LOVE this place - best gelato on the LES. GET: the lavender honey, but try as many flavors as you can!
  • Kathleen
    KathleenJune 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I don't know how you can go wrong. So many great choices and flavored. If they have it, try the salted caramel
  • Isabel Z.
    Isabel ZapataJune 28, 2013
    Favorite ice cream in the city. Try the grape sorbet and flor di latte gelato.
  • Emily Punkimeowmeow d.
    Some of the most eclectic selection of ice cream and sorbets. Very tastey too!
  • Liang S.
    Liang ShiMay 29, 2014
    One of my favorite places for gelato in the city. A ton of flavors, all delicious and unique.
  • Josh A.
    Josh AndersonAugust 9, 2014
    They give two free tastes. I would use them on the sour cream and avocado flavors (and then spare yourself a full scoop).
  • Vanity Fair
    Vanity FairDecember 12, 2012
    This LES staple hosts a slew of fun gelato flavors that range from lemon rosemary to Thai chili chocolate.
  • Victoria K.
    Grab a squad. Make 'em all grab scoops on cones. Bonus: @ If you're adventurous, try Sage! It's light and grows on you.
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