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Ice Cream for hostess gift

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

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

      1. 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. 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.


          1. Il Laboratorio del Gelato, without question.

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

            1. 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

                this sounds interesting. where do they sell this brand?

                1. re: G3B

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

                  1. re: Daiya

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

                    1. re: Daiya

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

                2. 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

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