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Il Laboratorio del Gelato

Certificate of Excellence
Lower East Side
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188 Ludlow Street, New York City, NY 10002
+1 212-343-9922
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 07:30 - 22:00
Fri 07:30 - 00:00
Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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124 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

5.0 star rating 1/15/2017 wow... simply wow. Am a gelato and frozen dessert connoisseur, but this was at another level. Their marscapone gelato may be one of the best desserts i've ever had. Some friends also raved about their almond and chocolate flavors. My wife is eager to go back to try their Pluot and Calamansi flavors. Even their containers... More 

Thank MarkJMinneapolis
Level Contributor
42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is adjacent to Katz's (a wonderful NYC deli) & has very delicious gelato & coffee. The staff is very friendly & will let you try as many flavors as you like until you find your faves. It is reasonably priced, adequate seating area, and the blue & white decor reminds me of Santorini. Bon apetit!

Thank Tiffiany C
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is simply amazing. Feels like a Gelateria for the 50s, more like a lab , less like a fancy Gelato place.

Thank Claudine000
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Two years ago I had the greatest sorbet ever. It was grapefruit and it was in Prague. Since then, I've been trying Gelatos and sorbets in different cities. I was looking for the same perfect grapefruit sorbet... But I was out of luck... But it was before I went to NY and visit this miracle place! The grapefruit Campari sorbet... More 

Thank OlgaGTim
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was walking by in the evening and wanted to what offered in the lab. I was not disappointed. There were so many different flavors. It was hard. A little goes a long way with flavors. Very rich!! Very good!!

Thank Alfiles
New York City, New York
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Most people hear those "foreign languages" and feel that these people know more about living and gastronomy. Well in the case of Italian cooking that's probably not so. The issue is of course the power of suggestion. Italian food is of course very suggestive if nothing else. Gelati are the same. In reality Italian gelati are what Americans know as... More 

Thank Peter G
Little Silver, New Jersey
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67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Even if you did not save room after eating at Katz' Deli, just have a little gelato. It is worth getting even more filled and having a few hundred additional calories. The flavors are delicious.

Thank NewJerseyTraveler5
Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
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88 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

This was my first time having gelato, and I decided to be adventurous and get flavors that seemed a bit unusual to me. I ended up with juniper for one flavor, and tarragon/pink peppercorn for the other. The juniper was wonderful; I tried it because I love gin (made from juniper), and was not disappointed in the least. Tarragon/pink pepper... More 

Thank Ethan P
Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Good gelato here, though expensive and suffers from the American propensity to over-sweetness, but it's one of the best I've sampled anywhere in the USA. I'm not sure that I'd say it was good enough to wait in the long queues that form at peak house, but then that probably says more about my aversion to queues than about the... More 

Thank AnonEMuis
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

They have tons of flavors here! The highlights were - black sesame, amaretto hazelnut, dark chocolate mint and mint chip. It's a bit on the pricy side +$4 for a small.

Thank itsxjackie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 188 Ludlow Street, New York City, NY 10002
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-343-9922

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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