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I had Grom for the first time this weekend. For once, there was no line! I had the cinnamon and my husband had the tiramisu. Both were good/very good. But given the reviews I've read, I thought I would have had an out of body experience. No such luck. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't feel the need to do it again.

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  1. i walked by three times.. I dont think I was able to even see inside the place.. Lines were crazy long..

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    1. re: Daniel76

      larte del gelato???? on chelsea? are you kidding? the flavors can not be more artificial!!! their product always leaves a trace of plastic after taste in your mouth.
      and they are even more expensive than Grom, did you know that the owner originally called it "Jimmy gelato" and after realizing the kind of customers he was delaing with , he changed the name to larte del gelato?, that is a super flipfloper.
      il laboratorio is much better product.

        1. re: tla719

          Then why was L'Arte Del Gelato filled with customers last night (meanwhile Cones was empty). I disagree. Try it for yourself.

    2. Grom is as you describe, good to very good. Not great. Definately not an outer body experience, especially factoring in the lines and price. I recommend trying L'Arte Del Gelato very good, hassle free, less expensive gelato

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      1. re: Ora

        Thanks! We'll give it a try!

      2. i think we're all breaking out in violent agreement. i don't think that good to very good merits the lines or the prices. il laboratorio is so vastly superior, and can offer an extraordinary experience, but it has inconvenient opening hours.

        1. I agree, i just got back from italy, and this place can't even compete
          what is up with that
          can't stand it when they get my expectations so high

          1. We tried four flavors at Grom the other day for our first visit. Their gelato has a strange rubbery texture and tastes as though it is straight from the carton at the grocery store. We tried Cones a few months ago for the first time. Their product is extremely ordinary. Da Enzo Ristorante was our favorite gelato in town until they closed due to a rent increase. Hopefully Enzo will open something soon. It is Il Laboratorio and sometimes Otto for our gelato for now.

            1. I agree - it's tasty, but not worth the price. i live on that corner. it will always appear to have very long lines - the counter is practically at the sidewalk!

              1. After all the hype and with the unbearable heat, I decided to wait in line for Grom one day and I have to admit, I really just didn't see what all the fuss was about. Sure it's good and the flavors clean and natural, but the only thing truly remarkable was the price. I paid $5 for a cup that I finished by the time I reached the end of the block and was not bowled over by the experience one bit.

                1. I live in the neighborhood & for a while every time I passed by Grom the lines were around the block so I never stopped by. That changed about a month or so ago & I've been regularly going there since. It is pricey but it's better than any of the other gelato places I've been to in NYC. Haven't been to il laboratorio yet as their hours of operations are limited & it has been closed every time I've ever been near it. JMHO...

                  1. Grom has nothing on Capogiro in Philly.

                    I tried Grom thinking that it would be phenomenal, and the lemon sorbet was really good, but not exceptional. The Amalfi lemons were tart, slightly bitter, and not as perfumy as meyer lemons. Certainly not enough to justify the prices (at least my cup wasn't leveled.)

                    I might go back if I have a hankering for lemon sorbet, but most likely, I would just make it at home with meyer lemons.

                    The stratiacelli was merely good, and the one with the biscuits was sorta bland. Like an egg custard with crumbly bits.

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                    1. re: windycity

                      On a rainy Friday afternoon we happened to be walking by.. Today's experience is what I have been looking forward to.. As fall and winter near, I am hoping the hype will have died down and the place will become more of a place to pop in.. Not a place where you wait in line for 20 minutes to scarf down your little cup in a corner of the busy sidewalk surrounded by the mob scene..

                      Not a person in the shop, we walked in and ordered two small guys.. One Nougat and one of the Orange Chocolate.. We sat in the chairs and casually ate our Gelato..

                      Not comparing it with every Gelato I have ever had, not even getting too technical, it was delcious.. 10 bucks might be a little steep but, I just happened to have a 10 on me.. The Nougat was super creamy and had wonderful pieces of Torrone, the Chocolate was rich and the orange rinds were a perfect addition..

                      1. re: Daniel76

                        Ok I went back last weekend and had the Choc Orange - and I agree it was quite good. Even delicious. The orange bits were a perfect counterpoint to the rich creamy chocolate (I usually stay away from chocolate ice cream because it's chalky.) Perhaps the chocolate ice cream is tastier than the vanilla base at Grom?