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Innovative and wacky ice cream?

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Katie L. Mar 13, 2006 07:53 PM

Now that the weather's getting warmer, I'm craving some wacky and out of this world ice cream. Preferably places that are not widely known or have a special that's a must-try. But whatever comes to mind is Good! Thanks.

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    dkstar1 RE: Katie L. Mar 13, 2006 07:58 PM

    not an ice cream...but the apple celery sorbet at Wallse topped with horseradish was quite interesting. I think they offer it at other Gutenbrunner outposts as well.

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      freddie RE: Katie L. Mar 13, 2006 08:02 PM

      gelato, not ice cream, at il laboratorio del gelato. small batches hand made with super fresh ingredients, each flavor perfectly captures the essence of its namesake. i love the toasted almond, the toasted sesame, the cinnamon.

      the one con is that they close early, so it can be tough to catch them if you're not from the neighborhood

      Link: http://www.laboratoriodelgelato.com/

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        Hot Dish RE: freddie Aug 3, 2006 06:25 PM

        I second the laboratorio. Recently had green apple sorbet--with apple peel in it!--pistachio gelato, and a divine fresh mint gelato. Vivid flavors, unusual choices.

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          Pan RE: freddie Aug 3, 2006 09:17 PM

          I went there recently. Very good hazelnut gelato, but that's a standard flavor. Try the malt gelato - it tastes like really good artisanal malted milk balls. I really liked it!

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            was_bk RE: freddie Aug 4, 2006 11:35 AM

            i was at ILdG last weekend and enjoyed my combo of thai chili chocolate and vanilla.

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              tamasha RE: was_bk Aug 7, 2006 08:54 PM

              Oh my god. I have dreams about the Thai Chili Chocolate.

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              kenito799 RE: freddie Aug 20, 2006 07:41 PM

              Absolutely fantastic stuff, today had:
              Fresh Mint, PERFECT on a 95 degree day
              Greek Yogurt, WOW, take that creamy tangy flavor and chill it down...

              Partner had:
              Strawberry
              Vanilla
              Cinnamon
              all 3 excellent

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              Sean Dell RE: Katie L. Mar 13, 2006 10:10 PM

              I tasted the olive oil gelato at Otto last week for the first time. Not worth enduring Otto for, except perhaps at the bar, but it was a miracle of flavor, texture, and a wicked surprise, little granules of salt coming through occasionally. Incredible and delicious. Don't know if the other Batali joints have it.

              -Sean

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                Crepe Suzette RE: Sean Dell Aug 4, 2006 02:35 PM

                I had this at Babbo recently served with spice cake. It was fantastic.

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                chowgal RE: Katie L. Mar 14, 2006 08:46 AM

                Chinatown Ice Cream Factory: lychee, durian, almond cookie

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                  junglekitte RE: chowgal Mar 14, 2006 11:04 AM

                  i tried it the other day...as per chowhounds' recs. tasted quite a few but ended up ordering the black sesame. it was fine. i enjoyed the creamy thick texture but it could have been more flavorful. as well as the other flavors i tasted.

                  props on their originality though.

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                    JD RE: junglekitte Mar 14, 2006 11:26 AM

                    I love getting the sesame and almond cookie together. It's a great combination.

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                      rose water RE: junglekitte Aug 3, 2006 10:58 PM

                      the black sesame and toasted sesame are much more flavorful at il laboratorio than the toasted sesame of chinatown ice cream factory. (but again, it's gelato, not ice cream)

                      rose water f/k/a freddie

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                    kenito799 RE: Katie L. Aug 3, 2006 07:23 PM

                    honey-wasabi ice cream at soba-ya

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                      aunteejoy RE: Katie L. Aug 3, 2006 08:58 PM

                      Max & Mina's in Queens has interesting flavors that change - among them cream chees & lox, rugelach, etc.

                      It's kosher and closed for the Sabbath, so check the hours if you're going to go.

                      Also, for a real road trip - Capogiro Gelato in Philly. Great!

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                        cma212 RE: Katie L. Aug 3, 2006 11:31 PM

                        also sundaes & cones in the east village has cool flavors like wasabi and corn.

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                          piccola RE: cma212 Aug 4, 2006 04:13 AM

                          the corn flavor is fab

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                            janethepain RE: cma212 Aug 4, 2006 05:48 AM

                            I agree. Taro is also awesome.

                          2. carbonara RE: Katie L. Aug 4, 2006 02:36 PM

                            This is frozen yogurt, not ice cream, but Forty Carrots (Bloomingdale's basement) has fantastic yogurt-flavored frozen yogurt. That wonderful, sour but sweet flavor of yogurt in froyo form... mmmmmm.

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