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Aug 15, 2007 01:57 PM

Best Ice Cream in Manhattan

I'm looking for, well, the title says it all...

Midtown/Times Square preferred, but will travel for goodness.


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  1. For convenience and taste, I really love the Asian ice cream shop on E. 11th Street. It's called something like Cups & Cones and is absolutely divine.

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    1. re: JungMann

      Sundaes and Cones on 10th?

      Sundaes and Cones
      95 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

      1. re: squid kun

        Ah yes! If it's as muggy as they say today, I may have to stop in for a taro and sesame cup!

    2. Now I haven't tasted all over the city, but Australian Ice Cream on St Mark's really impressed me. Very smooth, incredibly creamy, tho it does seem to melt fast. I love the kiwi flavor, and am very interested to try the vanilla custard.

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      1. re: erin07nyc

        Ohhhhhhhhh yes! Good call, Erin!!!

      2. Are you looking for ice cream specifically, as opposed to gelato?

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          1. re: timarland

            Then I would go to Il Labortorio di Gelato, even though it's on the LES, and as another poster suggested below, Cones on Bleecker.

            Il Laboratorio del Gelato
            95 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

            272 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

        1. La Maison du Chocolat (in Rockefeller Center) is selling ice cream for the summer, which I find their flavors quite intense and delicious.

          Sundaes & Cones in the East Village is quite good too.

          If you're in the mood for custard, try Shake Shack's in Madison Sq. Park.

          For gelato, I would try Cones in the W. Village, L'Arte del Gelato in Chelsea Market, and especially at Otto in W. Village (I highly recommend the olive oil coppetta).

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          1. re: chocokitty

            Cones on Bleecker. I was amazed. And though a chocolate person - my 2 favs - Banana and Hazelnut. They were outstanding.

            1. re: jnb

              Cones does have some excellent flavors. I go there when I'm in the mood for something fruity... the black raspberry was very intense!

            2. re: chocokitty

              Cones is a CH favorite, but I have been unimpressed at every visit. Their corn gelato has great texture, but is far too sweet. On my most recent visit a couple weeks ago, the gelato had too many icy bits mixed in, and was again too sweet.

              Grom, much hyped by foodie enthusiasts, is pricey, and just ok. Staff are unbelievably slow, and the layout is not conducive to making an informed choice--signs tough to see, and gelato hidden away in metal cannisters.

              Il Laboratorio di Gelato, which MMRuth recommended above, is flavor perfection. Alas, their hours are incredibly (frustratingly) limited.

              1. re: rose water

                We recently tried cones. Their stuff is extremely ordinary.

                1. re: MIKELOCK34

                  Cones was certainly decent,though not earth-shattering, but I thought two single scoop sugar cones costing $12.50 was a bit of a gouge. I'd way rather Mary's Dairy or Ben & Jerry's from a price standpoint.

              2. re: chocokitty

                I think you just listed my favorites in the city, Tina/chocokitty:

                La Maison if you love (and you really have to love) chocolate (it is very intense)
                Sundaes and Cones for Asian flavors
                Shake Shack for custard (vanilla with toffee is my favorite, or one of the seasonal fall flavors like maple or apple brown betty)
                Otto for olive oil gelato (with sea salt and watermelon!)

                Additionally, don't forget that Il Lab has a counter in Whole Foods Bowery! They're open until 10pm.

              3. Il Labortorio de Gelato is really good, Mary's Dairy too.

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