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ice cream (not gelato)?

i recently had the most wonderful, classic chocolate ice cream.... in savannah, georgia.

the best "ice cream" i can think of in nyc is gelato, like il laboratorio or ciao bella. brooklyn ice cream factory and mary's dairy are pretty good but don't compare to the stuff i had recently in savannah.

any recommendations for really great, old fashioned, hard ice cream?

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  1. Chinatown Ice-Cream Factory and Maison du Chocolat has the best chocolate ice-cream in town. I'm torn to say which one is better - Maison's is more gourmet dark chocolate whereas the Factory is smoother.

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    1. re: virago7

      I have to agree, the chocolate ice cream at Maison du Chocolat is the best in town. Other than that, I enjoy Payard's ice cream and sorbets.

      Australian is by far one of my favorites. They are down on St Marks. I have to say that it really isn't hard pack though, it's slightly soft, but it isn't "soft serve" by any means. Delicious.

      1. re: anon646

        i happened across la maison du chocolat today and got the chocolate ice cream - it was amazing! definitely the closest thing to what i've had in mind so far. thanks!

        1. re: anon646

          I used to like Australian, but they've gone seriously downhill in the last couple of years.

      2. Emack and Bolio. There are a couple of locations around the city. One on Amsterdam and 79, and on Houston and West Broadway... Really good traditional hard ice cream flavors, but also some seroiusly good diversions from the traditional


        1. manhattan fruitier has really good ice cream. it's on 29th bet park and lext.

          try the banana lace if they have it.

          1. In my opinion the best ice cream around is at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory at the Fulton Ferry Landing in DUMBO near the River Cafe and Grimaldis. To me it's the creamiest around and is just amazing. The Clinton St Bakery is the only place I know of in Manhattan that serves it. If others do, please let me know.



            1. Go to Eddie's Sweet SHop (or is it shoppe?) In Forest Hills, Queens (Metropolitan Ave) It is family run and from the good old days. They still have a very very old cash register, make their ice cream (my fave is pineapple pistaccio, yum) Egg creams and sundaes is ALL they make. It is really wonderful. Sit at the old school counter. You'll be so happy you went. I think they are closed on Monday's all year.

              1. Ronnybrook Dairy is nice fresh old fashioned ice cream, not too many flavors, but still nice, in Chelsea Market. I second Emack and Bolio's also.

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                1. re: jeanki

                  I've been on a hunt for "old-fashioned" vanilla ice cream and recently tried Ronnybrook's version. I was disappointed. Maybe I had high expectations but there was nothing even slightly memorable about it.


                  However, years ago I do recall enjoying a coffee milkshake made with Ronnybrook coffee ice cream topped of by a shot of brewed coffee.

                  If you don't mind retail, Double Rainbow seems to get high praises. Trader Joe's does carry DR chocolate but not "basic vanilla" only french.

                  I've also heard good things about Godiva's Belgian Dark Chocolate ice cream

                  1. re: was_bk

                    Agree w/Ronnybrook disappointment comment. Ronnybrook's vanilla--nothing special at all.

                    1. re: Ora

                      Haven't tried their vanilla... but some of their others are pret-ty tasty - particularly ginger, studded with bits of candied g, which I only found once via Freshdirect.

                      Of course, I could be biased, having just downed a bowl of their Raspberry and scheming to hit their Farmers' Market stand tomorrow a.m. when I came across this post...

                      1. re: peckish

                        I actually agree their vanilla isn't the greatest (although pleasant in a clean, bland way), but I still like their strawberry and raspberry and even their chocolate isn't bad. There's a fresh milk taste I like to Ronnybrook although it isn't that creamy like other ice cream joints.

                        1. re: peckish


                          A friend just tracked down a pint of Ronnybrook's ginger ice cream for me at Union Market in Park Slope. UM is not in Manhattan, but I thought I'd let you know since you've only managed to find this flavor once. Nearby Blue Apron sells excellent candied ginger, too, if you wanted to add more to your bowl.


                  2. Eli's has a stand scooping good ice cream outside the market. I had some good biscotti and cream a few days ago.

                    1. No great NY suggestions, but I'm originally from Savannah and occasionally go back... where did you go?

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                      1. re: Cate

                        it was leopold's! we were going to go to tradewinds as well but didn't make it. i can't stop thinking about how great that ice cream was! and i checked the website and they're going to start delivering nationally soon, though i don't know if it will preserve the awesomeness of the i.c....

                      2. A good ice cream shop that I've went to recently in the East Village was Sundaes & Cones. Some inventive flavors they make like litchi, corn, green tea, tiramisu as well as standard flavors.

                        1. I would try shake shack--they are one of very few who make a custard-style ice cream, and they turn it over very fast, ensuring freshness. This might be what you're looking for.

                          1. CONES in the West village. Bleecker Street. Really Good ice cream. Wow, around Fall they have pumpkin ice cream. I travel across town for that! Amazing.

                            1. thanks for all of the suggestions. some of these i've had - cones, ronnybrook, brooklyn i.c. factory - and they are good, but they're not really old fashioned, hard ice cream. they're creamier and meltier, more like gelato in consistency.... i bought ronnybrook coffee and it was a little gummy to me, which is no good. perhaps it's an issue, in part, of freezer temperature, and it also must be about ingredients. i will research this further. and i will surely try some of the other places mentioned while summer marches on. grazie!

                              1. it's not in manhattan, but try peaches and cream in clinton hill (myrtle nr clinton ave). in addition to great pies and cakes (sweet potato, sour cream apple, red velvet, etc), they serve excellent, traditional, homemade hard ice cream. the banana pudding is my favorite, but everything i've tasted there has been delicious.