Restaurant: il laboratorio del gelato
Location: 188 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002. (212) 343-9922
Date: July 3, 2017
Rating: Good, but not amazing, and tiny expensive portions
Since this top rated Gelato place was just a few blocks from the Tenement Museum (go if you haven’t been), I just had to try it.
Lower Manhattan for sure, just across from Katz’s Deli.
We were here at 11am and the tubs were like this, so they don’t make it every day. Little tubs too without the “styling” often found in Italy. That might not be that cool to New Yorkers though.
Passion fruit and chocolate. Notice the ridiculously tiny scoops. This was $4.50!
Orange chocolate (or something like that, I can’t remember) and hazelnut.
I’m not too bothered by the price, hey although the portions are deceptively tiny. This was good gelato, but it was a little cold/hard and the flavors slightly muted to my taste. For example, the hazelnut had very nice Italian hazelnut flavor, but it wasn’t as intense as I make it — or like it. Plus they had a 2 taste limit with “limited” my sampling so I really didn’t get the best sense of it.
I wasn’t massively impressed. You can find better gelato in Italy if you try 2-3 shops at random. I liked Grom better (review coming in a few days).