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May 1, 2008 01:47 PM

Best Gelato

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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  1. 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

      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.

    2. 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

        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...

      2. 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: chocokitty

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

        1. 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

            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

              In Brooklyn Franny's had some on their menu.

              Consider making your own.

          2. 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.