The Best Gelato In Lower Manhattan

Photo of Jeanine Guzman
5 December 2016

New York City may not be a tropical, waterfront destination, but thankfully, there are plenty of sweet ways to cool down in the late-summer heat. Frozen desserts are a popular summer staple, and although we’re not in Italy, NYC happens to have some of the most raved-about gelato. Before August is over, enjoy a cup or cone at one of the top spots we’ve rounded up below.

L’Arte del Gelato

Market, Dessert Shop, American
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Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Il Laboratorio del Gelato | © Henrik Ahlen/Flickr
L’Arte del Gelato is known for being the best in town for its true authenticity. Gelato here is handcrafted daily using age-old Italian craftsmanship with only the finest ingredients. Fruit lovers can enjoy a refreshing sorbetto packed with fresh fruit, and if you’re more partial to richer flavors, try a scoop of pistachio or chocolate.

When you walk inside Il Laboratorio del Gelato, you’ll be surprised at how much it actually looks like a laboratory. Workers in white coats scoop gelato in immaculately clean conditions. This unique shop is known for its out-of-the-ordinary flavors, like wasabi, sweet potato, and cream cheese.

M’o Il Gelato

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert, $$$
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Gelato from Grom
Gelato from Grom | © Andrew Childs/Flickr
Started by a couple of friends with a mutual passion for gelato, M’o Il Gelato was born from a dream. Gelato here is supplemented with research, innovation, and faultless execution, ensuring its fresh and organic ingredients burst through with unmatchable flavor.


Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, $$$
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This popular Italian gelato chain is the product of two friends, who pledged to make gelato the old-fashioned way, with no artificial colors, aromas, preservatives or emulsifiers. Even the water used in the production of their gelato is from the pure Sparea Springs. Gelato at Grom is definitely a bit pricey, but the natural flavors and authentic production make these sweet treats worth it.


Ice Cream Parlour, Bar, Ice Cream, American
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Popbar is all about customization, which, in turn, creates a unique customer experience. Certified Popologists produce small batches of popbars (handmade gelato on a stick) at a time with only fresh and natural ingredients. Now one of the trendiest and fastest growing concepts, Popbar is popping up around the world and won’t be going away anytime soon.

Cones Ice Cream Artisans

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert, $$$
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A cornetto gelato cone at Amorino
A cornetto gelato cone at Amorino | © Wenjie Zhang/Flickr
This Argentinian-style gelato and sorbet shop is an exceptional gelateria in a very ordinary West Village storefront. Started by two brothers from Buenos Aires, Cones Ice Cream Artisans may not be the most eye-catching shop, but the store’s unique flavors, such as sweet corn, almond cream, yerba mate, and honey-cinnamon, are phenomenal.

Dolce Gelateria

Ice Cream Parlour, Italian, $$$
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Find Dolce Gelateria in the heart of the West Village, where they promise to provide ‘Sweetness in Life’ one scoop at a time. The shop offers over 60 handmade gelato and sorbet flavors, with stracciatella and almond mocha among the most popular. Order any two flavors of your choice on a fresh brioche roll for a traditional Italian ice cream sandwich.

Fresco Gelateria

Cafe, American
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fresco cafe & gelateria, New York
fresco cafe & gelateria, New York | Courtesy of A.B. Biagi
This lovely, quaint little shop not only has delicious gelato but also offers an assortment of fresh baked pastries, espresso-based drinks, and even savory panini’s for lunch. Fresco Gelateria produces gelato from scratch everyday along with healthy salads that are not only delicious but also affordable.

A.B. Biagi

Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, American, $$$
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Antonio Barros Biagi, owner of the well-known A.B. Biagi, made gelato with his Italian family while growing up in the Brazilian countryside. He learned to adapt his recipe to Brazil’s tropical weather by using lower fat milk and local fruits to create lighter frozen treats. Still using the same technique, you won’t be disappointed with his classic gelato flavors along with more unique options, such as goat cheese with orange.

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