The Scoop: 5 Spots for An Italian-Inspired Treat

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We can feel summer creeping into the city! The increased sunshine and warmer weather has us craving frozen treats already. While you could go for the usual ice cream or fro yo, you might want to give gelato a lick. Made with less butterfat and sugar than ice cream, it’s slightly healthier (and maybe even tastier!) and comes in a wide array of flavors so you and your kids can each find something to please your palette. Check out our list of five places in the city to get a cup of this creamy goodness.

Gelato cone

Why We Crave It: We first sampled the delights of Amorino on a trip to Paris a couple of years ago. We loved strolling the streets of Paris with a cup of nocciola gelato in hand, but taking the kids across the pond for a frozen treat is far from practical. Luckily the Parisian favorite has a NYC location now and they make their gelatos fresh everyday with no artificial flavorings or ingredients inside.

The Inside Scoop: You can get a cup or cone to go, or take a seat in their shop to enjoy your creamy treat. If your kids aren’t fond of “plain old ice cream,” you can get them gelato on a waffle or crepe, or in a milkshake or frappe. If you start to frequent the place we bet your kid will choose a different form each time you go.

60 University Place
New York, Ny
Phone: 212-253-5599
Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm  and Friday to Saturday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am

Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Why We Crave It: What do cucumber, beet and butternut squash have in common? Yes, they are all vegetables, but they are also all flavors of gelato at Il Laboratio del Gelato. As the name says, it truly is a laboratory where they cook up different flavors of gelato. They have experimented with different ingredients and tastes, and created over 200 different flavors and each day you’ll find 48 on offer. Don’t worry if your kid isn’t adventurous; they also offer traditional flavors such as strawberry, chocolate, and pistachio.

The Inside Scoop: Thankfully with so many flavors, tasting is a “do” at this shop, but to avoid having your kiddo get carried away set a taste limit of two or three before you set foot inside. It’s best to take your gelato to go, as Il Laboratio del Gelato has limited seating in the store on window benches. Have enough energy to walk a few blocks? Head over four blocks to Sara D Roosevelt Park on Forsyth Street.

188 Ludlow street
New York, Ny
Phone: 212-343 9922
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am – 10:00 pm, Friday: 7:30 am – 12:00 am, Saturday: 10:00 am – 12:00 am and Sunday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Why We Crave It: Eataly is the go-to for Italian products so it’s no surprise they have gelato, which is made on-site daily by the pastry department. Each day brings new flavors and new reasons to return for a cool treat. We recommend the Amarena, or sour cherry, gelato. We tested it on one kid and they loved it.

The Inside Scoop: Eataly is not very stroller friendly. The aisles are narrow and the store is usually packed with people. Enter through the 5th Avenue entrance to go right to the gelato shop. After you purchase your gelato, cross the street to Madison Square Park and sit on a bench to enjoy your creamy treat.

200 5th Avenue
New York, Ny
Phone: 212-229-2560
Hours: Daily 11:00 am – 11:00 pm


Ciao Bella
Why We Crave It: All of the gelato at Ciao Bella are corn syrup-free and their gelato is made with hormone-free milk. For those with dietary restrictions, they offer kosher gelatos and sorbets as well as gluten-free products.

The Inside Scoop: If you are a fan of Green Tea Lattes, try their matcha green tea gelato and if you love key lime pie try their key lime graham gelato. For the kids, instead of getting them regular chocolate, get them belgian chocolate gelato or even better, belgian chocolate s’mores. You’ll definitely be mom of the year after they sample one spoonful. Ciao Bella has three locations in the city, so there should be one not too far away from you, but no matter how far the hike, their gelato is worth the trip.

Grand Central Terminal
Lower Level Food Court
New York, Ny
Phone: 212-867-5311
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sunday: 11:00 am -7:00 pm

285 Mott Street
New York, Ny
Phone: 212-351-4391
Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm and Saturday to Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

27 East 92nd Street
New York, Ny
Phone: 212-831-5555
Hours: Monday to Sunday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

L’Arte del Gelato
Why We Crave It: Trying to get your kid to try something besides boring vaniglia? Then check out L’Arte del Gelato and help them mix it up a little bit. L’Arte del Gelato offers kid-friendly flavors without processed chemicals. Everything is made from fresh whole foods. Gelato is already healthier than ice cream, so using fresh ingredients is just a bonus.

The Inside Scoop:  We are certain that your kids will be fans of the biscotti (cookie) gelato. Cookies and ice cream in one, what could be better? How about strawberries and chocolate mixed together in one gelato? They offer that as well. If your kids are candy fans, they might like the liquirizia (licorice) gelato.

Chelsea Market
75th Ninth Avenue
New York, Ny
Phone: 212-366-0570
Hours: Sunday to Friday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

75th Seventh Avenue South (West Village)
New York, Ny
Phone: 212-924-0803
Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 12:00 pm –midnight and Friday to Saturday: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am

Lincoln Center Plaza (open May to August)
Columbus Avenue between 63rd and 65th streets
New York, Ny
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm and Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Where do you grab a scoop of your favorite flavor?

–Mikaela Walker

Photo Courtesy of Virginia Rollison and Eataly