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Best Gelato

chocokitty May 1, 2008 01:47 PM

Hey 'hounders,

For those of you who roam round the Manhattan board, it's the same question I'm asking here: Where can I get my grubby hands on some really good (it's a stretch, divine) gelato?

Since I'm not too familiar with the gelato scene in Brooklyn, any suggestion will help (free standing gelato shops or restaurants are fine).

Thanks in advance!


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    joeyBK Jun 9, 2008 08:09 AM

    for some truly great gelato in brooklyn's little italy try the Gelateria Italiana on stillwell ave and 80th st in bensonhurst and enjoy the calcio & amici setting.

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      ropa vieja May 3, 2008 12:18 PM

      two excellent places in bensonhurst: mona lisa, on 86th street and 14th ave. and also villabate, a great bakery, now serves homemade gelato too. they just moved a few blocks and are on 18th ave and roughly 70th street.

      cones on bleecker street in manhattan is excellent too, but not quite in the league with those other two, and theres a new place up the block from cones on bleecker at corner of bleecker and carmine, but not sure of the name.

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      1. re: ropa vieja
        chocokitty May 3, 2008 09:18 PM

        I think you're referring to Grom? I've been to almost all of the possible gelaterias in Manhattan so I'm branching out my search from Manhattan and hope to find something spectacular.

        1. re: chocokitty
          Geo8rge Jun 9, 2008 03:52 PM

          In Brooklyn Franny's had some on their menu.

          Consider making your own. http://www.donvier.com/

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        sam1 May 2, 2008 09:07 AM

        i think the gelato at tempo presto is quite excellent and would be a top contender vs grom or the other places that get all the press.

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        1. re: sam1
          chocokitty May 2, 2008 04:59 PM

          Where's Tempo Presto, sam1?

          1. re: chocokitty
            Rmis32 May 2, 2008 06:29 PM

            Tempo Presto - Park Slope
            254 5th avenue
            (between Carroll St & Garfield Pl)
            Brooklyn, NY 11215
            (718) 636-8899

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          doughreme May 2, 2008 09:03 AM

          I just had some great gelato (wasn't labeled, but I am sure it was) at Almondine in Dumbo. It's the amazing french bakery across the street from Jacques Torres. They now have about 8 or so flavors - very intensely flavored and topped with one or two or their equally amazing macaroons.

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          1. re: doughreme
            chocokitty May 2, 2008 04:59 PM

            Oooh! Really? Almondine's serving gelato now? I haven't been there for a while...seems like a good reason to stop by if someone else could support that. (I'm not from Brooklyn, btw).

            On a side note about their macarons, it's pretty good for what you pay for but not the best. (That's Pierre Herme but that's transatlantic, obviously). The best one in the city would be from La Maison du Chocolat but that would be referring to the Manhattan board...

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            mariestack May 2, 2008 08:26 AM

            Definitely L&B Spumoni Gardens on 86 St., or Ices Queen on Utica Ave. Avoid Dolly's on Ave. U, they use Ralph's Ices. That wouldn't be so bad in itself, since ices made fresh at Ralph's are great, but they always taste days old.

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            1. re: mariestack
              Woodside Al May 2, 2008 09:35 AM

              Umm... those are Italian ice places (or spumoni in the case of L&B), not gelato.

              Fortunato Bros. in Williamsburg used to have great gelato, but I think they went to a more commercial mix some years back and it's gone somewhat downhill. But some flavors are still great, particularly the fresh fruit ones. I had delicious pineapple and raspberry there last summer.

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