‘Gelato’ is simply the Italian word for ice cream, but you shouldn’t get the two confused. Thick, creamy gelato is known for intense flavoring and pure decadence. Here are some of New York City’s best gelato shops. By Siobhan Wallace.
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When the popular Italian chain of gelatarias Grom opened in New York City, foodies from all over lined up to finally get a taste of their famed gelato and a feel for steamy nights in Rome. The rotating menu mixes up classic American and Italian flavors, and any can be thrown in the blender for a luscious milkshake.
OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria
Otto’s pastry chef, Meredith Kurtzman, is known for creating some of the finest gelato in the city, typically reserved only for desserts at Mario Batali’s Otto. But you can find their Gelotto cart in Washington Square Park on nice days. Either place, make sure to try the olive oil gelato if you can–it’s renowned.
il laboratorio del gelato
Il laboratorio del gelato is the second gelato business created by Jon Snyder–the first being Ciao Bella which he sold in 1989, and this one is dedicated to unique and mature flavors. You can get anything from rose to beet to black sesame with the only consistent flavor in their case of 48 flavors being vanilla. Don’t worry, almost every one of the flavors, all of which are made in the store, is a winner.
L'Arte del Gelato
L’Arte del Gelato is another gelateria that makes all of its daily flavors fresh, and the payoff makes it not to be missed. Whether it’s their other shop in Chelsea Marke, this one in Greenwich Village, or the cart on the Highline, stop by to pick up a freshly-made cone stuffed with their flavorful gelato.
The European gelati shop Amorino finally opened in New York last year bringing their style of gelato to America, though the bases are still shipped straight from Paris. You can even try the entire menu of 22 flavors all at once in their signature flower cone. It’s a cone of gelato sculpted to the shape of a rose and incredibly impressive.
La Maison du Chocolat
La Maison du Chocolat may be known for their rich, decadent chocolates, but in the summertime, they whip up gelato to be served at their three New York City locations. Pick up a few scoops of their chocolate gelato, it’s one of the best in the city.
Siobhan Wallace is the co-founder of BlondieandBrownie.com.