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May 25, 2013 03:31 PM


Is there any place on the upper east side with good gelato? (If not, perhaps a smart venture capitalist looking for a great opportunity!)
I thought Maison Kayser would sell it but it never happened.

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  1. Ladurée has good gelato, served with a macaron on top. And in warm months La Maison du Chocolat has a good one, flown in from France.

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    1. re: Peter Cuce

      Thanks for some good suggestions! I'll will check them both out this week when the temperature goes above freezing!

    2. Isn't there a Grom in the UES?

      If that's too plebeian for you maybe try il laboratorio del gelato, which is right on the border of UES.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        The only Groms are UWS & West Village. I don't get why Grom would be more plebeian than ILDG?

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Great, didn't know about that one. Luckily I'm plebeian enough to eat there.

            1. re: Peter Cuce

              Look, my friend, me calling Grom plebian wasn't a knock on you.

              Some people (again, not you or even me necessarily) view Grom as the Starbucks equivalent of gelato. Some people think gelato is only good if it's (ahem) hand-crafted in small batches by an artisan gelato-maker.


          2. re: Peter Cuce

            FYI, the West side Grom (Broadway) recently closed.
            I wish they would open a branch on the East side - I happen to think it was quite good, albeit overpriced.

            1. re: Peter Cuce

              I don't understand why Grom would be considered more plebeian than ILDG. I don;t recall Grom being any less expensive than ILDG. In any case, I don;t like Grom. IMO they should call it GUM, it is gummier than other places. My favorite gelato is at Amorino ( same quality as the Amorino spots in Europe). ILDG has some creative flavors, quality is not as good as Amorino, IMHO well make that IMO

            2. re: ipsedixit

              What Il Lab outpost is anywhere near the UES? Are you referring to the fact that their product is sold in the cafes at the MoMA? Because if so, there's a bit of a tariff to get in... But maybe I'm missing some freestanding cart somewhere.

              1. re: sappidus

                I hadn't thought of MoMA, I was actually referring to Murray's Cheese.

            3. Also, I just remembered that (if you are willing to consider a restaurant), Uva generally has a selection of gelato on their dessert menu. Not sure where it's sourced from, however.

              Gelato goes surprisingly well with some single-malts.

              1. Agata and valentina has a good selection but its a market, so not by the cone/cup... Maybe bring a friend, some spoons and split a pint on the bench outside...?