Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Gelato District

I love Bleaker Street in Greenwich Village. It has such fun little stores and restaurants all along the street. Imagine my excitement when I read that this area of the village is now being called Manhattan's gelato district.

Grom is the newest gelato shop to open here.
233 Bleecker St., at Carmine St. 212-206-1738
An ingredient-fetishizing, Slow Food–inspired juggernaut, with fifteen branches in Italy and another uptown. The company’s mission is to make gelato the exacting, old-fashioned way, eschewing artificial coloring and preservatives, of course, and using only first-rate (mostly Italian) ingredients: Hazelnuts and strawberries come from Piedmont, pistachios from Sicily, and lemons from the Amalfi coast.
Don’t Miss: Pistachio, hazelnut.
Where Made: Gelato base flash-frozen in Italy, daily whipping done on-site.
Nearby Subway Stops
A, B, C, D, E, F, V at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.
75 Seventh Ave. S., at Barrow St. 212-924-0803
272 Bleecker St., nr. Morton St. 212-414-1795
When Häagen-Dazs brazenly set up shop in Raul and Oscar D’Aloisio’s native, gelato-crazed Buenos Aires, the brothers decided that Americans had a lot to learn about ice cream, so in 1998 they opened this homey little storefront.
Don’t Miss: Dulce de leche, corn with an optional sprinkle of cinnamon, Johnnie Walker Black Label with macerated kumquats.
Price: $4.15 for a one-flavor cup.
Samples: Two when it’s busy; otherwise up to eight, but a taste of the Johnnie Walker–kumquat flavor will cost you a buck.


19 Commerce St., nr. Seventh Ave. S. 212-243-1640
This custom-baked-cookie specialist also operates as an under-the-radar outpost of Il Laboratorio del Gelato, with a rotating assortment of five to seven flavors scooped individually or showcased in a multitude of ice-cream sandwiches. As a novel twist, cookies can also be baked to order on the spot, with customers choosing such ingredients as mint chips, blueberries ,and walnuts to spice up doughs in vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, and oatmeal.

Don’t Miss:
A single scoop and whatever cookie just came out of the oven.
Where Made: At the lab on Orchard Street.
Price: $2.25 a scoop; $4.50 a sandwich.
Nearby Subway Stops 1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.; A, B, C, D, E, F, V at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.

I am most interested in the Milk and Cookies Bakery making your own cookies sounds like so much fun and the name is so cute! And i really am interested in trying Il Laboratorio del Gelato. This bakery was also included in a list of the cities best ice cream sandwiches.
On the topic of ice cream sandwiches this was voted #1

It is from
One Girl Cookies
68 Dean St., nr. Smith St., Boerum Hill, Brooklyn; 212-675-4996; $3
The tiniest, and the best of the bunch. One Girl spackles its cakey pumpkin or chocolate “whoopie” cookies with no less than Il Laboratorio del Gelato ricotta gelato.
I have so wanted to go to this store forever......I always buy a box of their cookies from Dean & Deluca everytime I am in the city. They make fantastic cookies but it is the super cute packaging that gets me every time. All of the packaging includes cute vintage photos of family members..... I love it.

If I feel like I need an adventure I may try to jump on the subway and find this amazing bakery.

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