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ericf Aug 7, 2008 08:09 PM

The last time I visited I went to some place called the Laboratory in the village that was very good. What other recommendations do you have?

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    summerUWS2008 Aug 14, 2008 01:51 PM

    Hmmm, that's funny. My post in this thread went missing after 24 hours.

    I expressed the opinion that the best ice cream in Manhattan is Haagen-Daz, most flavors, purchased in cartons from the supermarket. (It won that spot after the demise of Barton-Barricini's mocha chip.)

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      cdncub Aug 13, 2008 02:29 PM

      I love ice cream and have tried all sorts of flavors from all types of places all over the city. Many people are partial to the China Town Ice Cream Factory on Bayard, but I find it mediocre at best. Cones on Bleecker is probably my second favourite and I'm rarely disappointed when I go there.

      However, the best ice cream I've come across in the city is unquestionably from Grom. Everything I've had there is rich and flavorful and truly extraordinary; it's all so good that it's totally worth the calories that come from fresh organic custard bases.
      http://www.grom.it/eng/index.htm

      Incidentally, I tried "Australian" for the first time last night (there are locations on 8th St. at Ave. "A", and also on 8th between Broadway and University). I went with friends and got to sample a number of their offerings. I have NEVER been so disappointed by ice cream in my life. I had the strawberry cheesecake flavor that did not taste like anything and had huge chunks of flash-frozen strawberries that were totally awkward to eat. My buddy's vanilla and chocolate were almost equally flavorless. I will never waste my money or calories there again.

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        JimJohn Aug 13, 2008 05:55 PM

        I have to agree on Australian Homemade. I tried their chocolate and my friend tried their vanilla at the store on St. Marks the other day. The vanilla was frozen rock hard, but even after warming up and softening, was totally flavorless. It tasted of sugary milk. My friend's Belgian chocolate ice cream was very soft, which she liked, but the flavor was lacking and the texture to my mind was watery, not creamy.

        Although the 8th & University Australian shop in quite close to our home, we'll still be taking the stroll over to Cones or Grom in the West Village.

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          kathryn Aug 13, 2008 07:25 PM

          The fruit sorbets are what is good at Australian Homemade, not the ice cream or chocolates, unfortunately.

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            kopenhavn Aug 14, 2008 12:39 PM

            How is the Manhattan Fruitier? I went there once but, had nothing to compare it to. I was not impressed.

            So does everyone think Grom, Cones and Il Laboratorio de Gelato, on the Lower East Side are good?

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              MMRuth Aug 14, 2008 12:50 PM

              I enjoy all three of them. If you like licorice, that's one of my favorites at Il Lab. The dulce de leche is great at Cones.

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                kopenhavn Aug 14, 2008 01:28 PM

                I relish licorice especially strong Italian, Dutch and Danish licorice. Oh yeah!

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                  MMRuth Aug 14, 2008 01:30 PM

                  The licorice gelato reminds me of licorice toffee that I used to get in England and Canada. By the way, if you like salted licorice, I know Dean & Deluca carries it.

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                    markabauman Aug 14, 2008 01:34 PM

                    Great gelato-the owner is Sicilian, I believe, in Chelsea Market.

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                      Lucia Aug 14, 2008 01:42 PM

                      Are you talking about L'Arte del Gelato?

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                      kopenhavn Aug 14, 2008 01:54 PM

                      Oh English toffee style. I have tried Irish Licorice Toffee before. It is quite harmonious if I am in the mood for two flavors toffee and licorice but, I am a purist at heart and soul. Thank You1

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          silencespeak Aug 8, 2008 09:22 AM

          Cones on bleeker street is excellent. high zagat rating.

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            kathryn Aug 7, 2008 09:18 PM

            The place you went to was Il Laboratorio de Gelato, on the Lower East Side.

            For more recommendations, do a search or see this thread, Best Gelato:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/514961

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