Il Laboratorio del Gelato

Il Laboratorio del Gelato

Ice Cream Shop$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
    Wejdan2 weeks ago
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Max B.
    Max BpmApril 15, 2016
    You must get the pomegranate sorbet flavor, it's so good, you'll be coming back for more!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Sass Conf
    Sass ConfOctober 5, 2013
    With more than one hundred flavors with dozens cycling in and out, you're never quire sure what you're going to get, but you know it's going to be good.
  • Kathy L.
    Kathy LiuOctober 19, 2015
    I had the ricotta and black sesame gelato and it was divine 😍
  • Jenipher B.
    Jenipher BrodyJune 30, 2013
    Wow super delicious! Rich enough for two to share the little cup. Black seasme and mint are delicious!!
  • Chad H.
    Chad HornerNovember 24, 2014
    The best cinnamon gelato I've ever had. Everyone loves the salted caramel too (as they should)
  • Elevine B.
    Elevine BergeOctober 22, 2014
    Best seasonal flavour so far; apple sorbetto 🍏 Pumpkin was also ok
  • Megan K.
    Megan KosmoskiNovember 19, 2012
    Olive oil gelato, actually delicious!! The smalls come with 2 flavors and are perfect for sharing!
  • Jason B.
    Jason BrewJune 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best kept secret is the La Colombe cold brew with coffee ice cubes for only $3
  • Karan T.
    Karan TamhaneMarch 10, 2015
    Amazing salted caramel icecream..rum and raisin wasn't bad either.
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PerleJanuary 31, 2016
    Every different flavor of gelato. They have flavors you never thought of for gelato. E.g., black pepper
  • Tommy C.
    Tommy ChenSeptember 21, 2014
    Lots of interesting flavors. They also serve Blue Bottle coffee. Remember to grab a number to be served.
  • Amna B.
    Amna Bin DhaherSeptember 11, 2014
    You have got to try the cream cheese, chocolate and salted caramel flavors. Or your missing out..
  • Paul K.
    Paul KardousAugust 12, 2014
    While there isn't any bad flavor on the menu, go for clean fruit and nut flavors, or a more unique one like Guinness.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RickertAugust 20, 2016
    Tons of gelato & sorbet flavors. I went for the milkshake (you can choose up to 4 flavors).
  • Marcel
    MarcelAugust 11, 2013
    Might be the best ice cream in NY! Come back often as the flavors change every few days!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the refreshing black-grape sorbet, it packs a clean yet potent ripe-fruit punch. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessJuly 26, 2014
    A small is two scoops. Get the vanilla gelato with any fruit sorbet and create a tasty mash up
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BlechmanAugust 28, 2015
    It may not call out to you, but the watermelon gelato is absolutely delicious. Very refreshing on a hot summer night.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyMarch 18, 2016
    Gelato is good, but the people behind the counter are generally snarky. I have yet to have a good customer service experience here.
  • Mullica Z.
    Mullica ZudsiriFebruary 26, 2016
    I loved the lavender honey but especially the cheesecake! Such a common flavor done right!
  • Kendall S.
    Kendall SmithJune 21, 2013
    Vanilla amaretto crunch + any of their chocolate flavors = match made in global gelato heaven.
  • Lulu C.
    Lulu ChengJune 3, 2012
    Hard to go wrong with any of the flavors here but black sesame, peanut butter and coconut were standouts
  • Angela H.
    Angela HuApril 13, 2013
    The best combo: Moroccan fig, fresh mint & rosemary...now that's true Florentine gelato.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 19, 2011
    Experiment with the wacky and wild gelato flavors this place has to offer -- we recommend the Mango and Plum Sorbert!
  • leo k.
    leo kyivJuly 2, 2015
    Delicius ices. Try carrot or cucumber. taste is really unusual
  • Esther J.
    Esther JungJune 25, 2015
    Got to try the fresh mint! Cant stop thinking about it. Also, try the watermelon sorbet!
  • Nikki P.
    Nikki PalumboJuly 17, 2013
    Flavors change daily, but some favorites include olive oil, honey lavender, and Earl Grey.
  • Nikki
    NikkiNovember 30, 2016
    neat back room, open for viewing. but don't expect a friendly staff. they have other duties that don't include serving you
  • Annie L.
    Annie LuSeptember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for the kiwi and tarragon - alternate bites for a sweetly tart and creamy experience
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanOctober 19, 2014
    Rotating flavors every week! Don't be afraid to try the wacky ones (like olive oil and sage)
  • Jenny U.
    Jenny UngMarch 17, 2012
    Just tried the banana and dark chocolate for something traditional & was blown away by the favors. SO GOOD!!!
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Strange(very good) flavors such as basil, lavender, and sweet potato Read more
  • Anthony Z.
    Amazing ice cream in whatever flavours are on. Chocolate malt particularly good.
  • Chelle .
    Chelle 🗽April 23, 2011
    Do not miss the affogato, satisfies both ice cream and caffeine fix in a harmonious contrast of sweet and bitter
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiMarch 12, 2015
    Really enjoyed the clean interior and big windows. Try the pumpkin flavor!
  • Sebastian M.
    Sebastian MawiraJanuary 18, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Black Sesame and Salted Caramel are excellent. The Grumpy coffee is great - I get it at least once a day.
  • Lorena V.
    Lorena V.February 3, 2012
    Awesome combination: rum raisin on the bottom, Earl Grey tea on the top. Soooooo good!
  • Jillian
    JillianDecember 22, 2015
    Pb is a safe bet, but cucumber was so refreshing! Definitely treat yourself to a wildcard scoop
  • David B.
    David BerkowitzAugust 15, 2011
    All their gelato is practically perfect, whether more savory flavors like black sesame or sweeter picks like strawberry sorbet.
  • Diana P.
    Diana PearlJuly 22, 2013
    While in line, take a look at the flavors - there's no list and they could ask you to order before you've made it past all of them.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.June 5, 2014
    Incredible flavors. I had a scoop each of juniper and black licorice.
  • Kay T.
    Kay TeoMarch 19, 2015
    Better gelato than italy. Get the thai birds eye chili dark chocolate flavor.
  • Kate
    KateJune 21, 2015
    Amazing selection of flavors! Loved the basil and blueberry flavors
  • Chavelli
    ChavelliJune 16, 2012
    Unique flavors. Make the most of your cup! Chocolate amaretto and pink peppercorn.
  • Julianna M.
    Julianna MJune 27, 2016
    Delicious, original flavors. Passionfruit & Lavender Honey are so good.
  • Adriana A.
    Adriana AndújarFebruary 28, 2011
    The dulce de leche is light and creamy! Get that when you can't decide between chocolate and something else :)
  • Alex Z.
    Alex ZaltsmanSeptember 3, 2012
    Cannot imagine better gelato anywhere, not even in Italy. Wow! Try the black sesame and fig.
  • Brighde R.
    Brighde ReedJuly 15, 2013
    The only #vegan option is sorbet. Strawberry flavour was the best I'd had.
  • Helen L.
    Helen LinJune 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Turkish fig is awesome! Pass on savory flavors (e.g. Cheddar cheese). Just tastes like cold Mac n cheez
  • Christina D.
    Christina DiRussoApril 19, 2011
    Friendly staff, great space. Try the olive oil and don't underestimate the amazing gelato cakes.
  • Aron C.
    Aron CohenJuly 13, 2015
    they take their flavors seriously. not too sweet, not too heavy. just right.
  • Daniele C.
    Daniele CodegaApril 5, 2015
    10 different kinds of chocolate. Make sure to pair one of those with a fruity sorbet.
  • Simge A.
    Simge AşıcıJanuary 29
    Try esspresso its like in italy ;) aaannnddd ice creams are delicious 💗
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