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Jun 3, 2010 01:13 PM

Best Ice Cream Parlors In Manhattan Besides Serendipity?


I have a friend visiting tomorrow and I would love to take her to ice cream after dinner. Problem is, I'm cane-dependent so standing in wait at Serendipity on a Friday night is physically not possible.

Anyone with suggestions for a nice, sit down ice cream or dessert place in Manhattan we could cab to?

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  1. can you make a reservation? Explain you

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    1. re: mojisan

      ?? Uh, okay, I can explain. I'm usually on a wheelchair. But my friend is tiny and cant carry it down five flights of stairs for me. (no elevator) But I can walk abet slowly.

      Serendipity does not allow reservations for dessert only and last time I was there, they commented because I was on a wheelchair, seating wait could be long to 'accommodate' me and suggested we go elsewhere or stand and wait 45 minutes at least. Yeah, not going there again. Looking for something more better, at least friendlier.

    2. Does it have to be an ice cream "parlor"?? I think some of the best "ice cream" in Manhattan can be found at the best gelato shops. GROM on Bleecker near 6th Ave, and L'Arte del Gelato at 7th Ave and Carmine are two of the best. Neither has table service, but you can find room to sit outside, particularly at GROM, which has plenty of tables as well as the small park just across the street.

      1. Ronnybrook Dairy's Milk Bar in Chelsea Market has seats. There's also the seating out in the general market area. Their ice cream is terrific. I don't know how late they are open or if this is the wrong area for you, since it's not on the east side.

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        1. re: LNG212

          Chelsea Market isn't a great post-dinner destination. Their hours:

          Monday - Friday: 7am to 8pm, Saturdays: 7am to 7pm, Sundays: 8am to 6pm

          1. re: kathryn

            Yeah, I kinda suspected that the hours might not work; that's why I said as much. Too bad.

        2. There is a Ciao Bella Cafe on 92nd St. between Madison and Fifth -- self service with some tables -- great gelato and sorbet and much better quality and more pleasant than Serendipity, in my opinion.

          1. Everyone,

            Thank you for the tips! Keep them coming. My friend can't come until next friday so I'm open to new places that would have seating for us! :)

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            1. re: yunnieman

              My old brain is a bit fuzzy, but I think that Maison du Chocolate might be able to accomodate you. I prefer the gelato at Il Laboratorio, but this is a sit and stay kind of place as you requested.

              1. re: seal

                They close at 7pm, though. I just checked! Alas. Their chocolate ice cream is REALLY good.