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Nov 2, 2006 06:15 PM

Gelato/Ice Cream?

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. 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. re: jenniebnyc

        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.

        1. re: jenniebnyc

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

          1. re: kevin

            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.

            1. re: kevin

              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.

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

            1. 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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