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Gelato/Ice Cream?

beanie35 Nov 2, 2006 06:15 PM

Does anyone know a shop that has good gelato/ice cream - that offers table service/seating?

I'm looking for a nice place to go after dinner tomorrow night and i want to sit down and catch up with an old friend and not feel rushed.

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  1. D...DF RE: beanie35 Nov 2, 2006 06:24 PM

    I was very pleasantly surprised by the Mochi Ice Cream Sampler at Momofuku Ssam Bar. A great textural ice cream alternative. They have late night hours and definitely won't rush you.

    (click on Ssam Bar)

    1. jenniebnyc RE: beanie35 Nov 2, 2006 06:58 PM

      I think they will serve you gelato at the bar at OTTO.


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        D...DF RE: jenniebnyc Nov 2, 2006 09:32 PM

        Yes the whole menu is available at the Otto Enoteca Bar, and many of the fantastic gelato flavors change seasonally. The real Otto favorite, Olive Oil Gelato, is always available. The bar area, however, is invariably crowded.

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          kevin RE: jenniebnyc Nov 3, 2006 05:16 AM

          they will, but not at the tables, i've tried before. and at the bar, at least you don't have to wait.

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            Pupster RE: kevin Nov 29, 2006 04:32 PM

            First, the bar is often crowded. Second, it's so loud in there with the music set high and the chatter from bar patrons that if you are looking for a quiet place to sit and talk, good luck to ya!

            Your best bet is the various Italian pastry shops around the city. Lucia mentions Rocco, but Ferrara in Little Italy works too (yes, it's touristy but they have gelato and table service). Cones, which has excellent South American-style gelato, has a few tables but no table service (across from Rocco's though).

            Don't know how late they are open, but my choice would be Tarallucci e Vino. I like the 18St location. Casual wine/coffee bar with light eats. You can sit in there a long time comfortably and chat away. They offer a gelato tasting, and though I haven't tried their gelato, their other stuff is good.

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              theannerska RE: kevin Nov 29, 2006 09:48 PM

              I've actually been seated at a table after specifying that I was only there for the gelato. It was fairly busy at the time as well...But at any rate, even though the gelato there is great, I would avoid it if you want to hear your conversation - it's far too loud for catching up with a friend.

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            Lucia RE: beanie35 Nov 2, 2006 07:23 PM

            Rocco's has table service (although inattentive) and serves gelato, albeit not the best version in town by any means.

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              bobby06877 RE: beanie35 Nov 2, 2006 09:53 PM

              I did not know you could get the gelato at the bar at Otto. If that is the case, go to Otto and order the olive oil gelato. It is as good as it gets. Thanks for the tip D

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                kevin RE: bobby06877 Nov 3, 2006 05:16 AM

                you can do it at the bar.

              2. livetotravel RE: beanie35 Nov 3, 2006 02:01 AM

                Try ChikaLicious

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                  xigua RE: beanie35 Nov 3, 2006 02:26 AM

                  Wouldn't Otto be a little too loud for a catch-up session?
                  Cha-An has asian-flavored desserts and icecream in a nice quiet setting.

                  1. bigjeff RE: beanie35 Nov 29, 2006 03:37 PM

                    just read this on nymag.com but basically, a new restaurant/cafe/gelateria in Clinton/Hell's Kitchen, at the back of Manganero's Hero Boy. Those heroes are actually great for parties, but anyway, check out the back. I haven't been there myself yet, but read the link for more info:


                    1. guttergourmet RE: beanie35 Nov 29, 2006 04:42 PM

                      Cones on Bleecker will be empty this time of year notwithstanding the mild weather and they have tables.

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                        mc123 RE: beanie35 Nov 29, 2006 05:48 PM

                        There's a little Vietnamese place called Bao on 2nd between 22nd and 23rd... it has the most delicious mango and iced tea gelato.

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                          markabauman RE: beanie35 Nov 29, 2006 10:36 PM

                          One of my favorite gelaterias in NYC is right in Chelsea Market. It used to be referred to as "Jimmy's", but now (same people)-L'Arte del Gelato. They are from Siciliy. Great stuff, made daily. Right across from Buonitalia near the entrance to the kitchen supply store. Technically, no tables and chairs there, but plenty of places for seating around there. Worth the trip.

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