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Jun 17, 2009 12:37 PM

Best Ice Cream in Brooklyn

Hoping to get some new ideas for places to try. My favorites in order are:

1) Blue Marble
2) Van Leuwen
3) General Green

I haven't been to the ice cream factory by Grimaldis. Is there another place that you would recommend above those listed?

**Interesting flavors a plus but not necessary.

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  1. One Girl Cookies in Boreum Hill serves Il Laboratorio del Gelato's ice cream. Might be worth a try.

    Tried the Ice Cream factory once and it was nothing special.

    1. have you tried Uncle Louie G? sounds promising - huge selection of ice cream and Italian ice flavors...

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        that place is in forest hills, absolute poison. Ralph's was much better and they went under.
        Thought Torres Choc just started with ice cream.

        1. re: janie

          Uncle Louie G's is a franchise with many places

        2. Nothing above that, but the chocolate ice cream at the Chocolate Room is pretty darn good. They also have a chocolate sorbet.

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          1. re: BklnChicken

            Chocolate Room's ice cream sandwiches are also wonderful.

            1. re: BklnChicken

              That chocolate sorbet they give at Chocolate Room as an amuse bouche is among the best chocolate things EVER!

            2. I think the Ice Cream Factory (Brooklyn Bridge Park) is terrific ice cream, but the flavor selection is very limited.

              Lia's Ices in Windsor Terrace carries some very good gelato: the stracciatella is a favorite.

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              1. re: Amy Mintzer

                I tried the Jacque Torres ice cream this weekend and wow--it was really dense and creamy and I'm glad its not around the corner from my house. Although I did see you could take home pints for $7.50.

                1. re: Amy Mintzer

                  agree with the rec for the homemade gelatos at Lia's. (look for the asterisk...they are supposedly made by some old school guy in Bensonhurst) the espresso is my favorite

                  1. re: Amy Mintzer

                    If your venturing that far into the borough you should try NYC ICY on Church at Coney Island Avenue lovely fresh fruit ices and think better than Lia's or Uncle Louie G's but they are all three within a mile walk of each other So try em all and get some exercise

                    1. re: Jack_

                      Chalk me up as another fan of NYC ICY who's named Jack. To be technical about it, NYC ICY makes ices and "cream ices," which I guess us sherbet. They make some unique and awesome flavors, like mango basil ice, peanut butter/reese's pieces creamy ice (soudns gross, but it's heavenly), Mexican chocolate creamy ice (pretty spicy for ice cream), and more standard flavors that are done well, like cookies and cream or vanilla malt.

                      1. re: JackS

                        I like the sweet tea ice (@NYC ICY).

                        They don't ever seem to have mango basil anymore, which is odd since it is their most praised and remarked-upon flavor -- and they do have mango ice and lemon basil ice (which didn't taste as interesting as it sounds) so clearly have the ingredients for mango basil.

                  2. Has anyone tried the ice cream at Sweet Melissa's?

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                    1. re: Amy Mintzer

                      Yes, it's Bassett's from Philadelphia, and it's nothing special (despite the cachet of an "out-of-town" somewhat hard-to-find brand. Go across the street to the Chocolate Room's homemade ice cream.