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Ice Cream for hostess gift

petitechoux Jan 18, 2008 02:34 PM

Attending a cocktail party tomorrow night and am bringing a very nice ice cream scoop and some lovely dishes as a playful gift for the hostess. I want to include a nice pint of ice cream (or gelato) BUT I am not an ice cream eater. What would be the best brand/flavor to bring the lovely hostess?
I stopped by D&D after work and the frozen-over pints of Ciao Bella looked off-putting.

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    idia Jan 18, 2008 02:36 PM

    Close your eyes, turn around 3 times, and point to any Ben & Jerry's pint. You can't go wrong.

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      big o Jan 18, 2008 03:10 PM

      Stop by Il Laboratorio del Gelato and pick up a pint of something interesting.

      1. LNG212 Jan 19, 2008 05:26 AM

        Try Ronnybrook Dairy Farm (they are at some greenmarkets and also have a Milk Bar in Chelsea Market). Their vanilla is heavenly, the chocolate amazingly decadent, the coffee clean and fresh, etc. etc. :)

        1. scarlet starlet Jan 20, 2008 04:09 AM

          Definitely go to Il Laboratorio del Gelato. It's on Orchard just south of Delancey. The quality is amazing, they have interesting flavors in addition to the standard ones, and it's not as ubiquitous as Ciao Bella so it will make for a good hostess gift. I would suggest getting one of the seasonal or non-standard flavors as opposed to something that most brands make (like plain vanilla or hazelnut) - I love the vanilla saffron and honey lavender, but they don't always have those flavors.


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            RCC Jan 20, 2008 04:14 AM

            Il Laboratorio del Gelato, without question.

            You can either get them from their Orchard/Delancey main store and factory, or at Whole Foods.

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              Daiya Jan 20, 2008 07:54 PM

              The 5 Boroughs ice cream company makes some witty/exotic flavors that are NY centric conversation starters. I haven't tasted them all, but something like the Jackson Heights Mangodesh and South Bronx Cha Cha Chocolate would be fun to receive.

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              1. re: Daiya
                G3B Jan 21, 2008 05:41 AM

                this sounds interesting. where do they sell this brand?

                1. re: G3B
                  Daiya Jan 21, 2008 05:16 PM

                  Their website lists about 15 locations in Manhattan, and others around the city.

                  1. re: Daiya
                    Lettucepray Jan 22, 2008 06:51 AM

                    Grom Gelato
                    2165 Broadway (b/w 76th St & 77th St.)
                    New York , NY 10024
                    (646) 290-7233

                    1. re: Daiya
                      kobetobiko Jan 22, 2008 07:49 AM

                      I have seen 5 Boroughs ice cream at Amish Markets, Zetunya, and Whole Foods.

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                  fooodie Jan 22, 2008 11:52 AM

                  What about something from Wine Cellar Sorbets? Their wine sorbets are quite good and seems appropriate for your cocktail party gift. I believe they sell them in various places in Manhattan - Garden of Eden and Whole Foods for sure. You can check their website for the closest location to you. http://www.winecellarsorbets.com

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                  1. re: fooodie
                    LNG212 Jan 22, 2008 01:21 PM

                    Oh those are terrific. I think they are the ones that Vintage New York sells also. Good suggestion.

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