Homegrown LES artisan ice cream maker Il Laboratorio del Gelato, the popular walk-up shop on Orchard Street since 2002, christened its expansive new digs at 188 Ludlow yesterday. The flavors grew from 20 to 48 and the square feet from 550 to nearly 2,800, with the addition of gourmet coffee by NYC’s own Cafe Grumpy, housemade toppings and later evening hours.
The shiny white interior and enormous street-side windows invite fans to observe the process of creation, while the jewel cases of gelato and sorbet display colorful temptations in a wide variety of flavors that rotate among a recipe book of 200. In a major improvement from the old space, there is ample waiting room and plenty of seating on benches along the windows.
The wait is almost over. A few minutes ago, il laboratorio del gelato posted on their Facebook Page:
WE FINALLY ARRIVE AT OUR MOMENT. OUR EXPANSION AND MOVE TO EAST HOUSTON ST @ LUDLOW. OUR OPENING DAY WILL BE NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH. AFTER MONTHS OF CONSTRUCTION – AND AN EXPANSION TO 3300 SQ FT DURING THAT CONSTRUCTION (!) – WE ARE NEARLY READY. 48 FLAVORS. AN OPEN VIEW INTO OUR KITCHEN. SEATING! AN ESPRESSO …BAR WITH THE HELP OF CAFE GRUMPY. ROASTED BEANS FROM THEM AS WELL. PLEASE COME VISIT. AND ENJOY.
The new address is 188 Ludlow. In case you missed it, il laboratorio owner Jon Snyder was recently interviewed by New York Magazine.
Photo by roboppy via Flickr.
The Grand Street Settlement’s Taste of the Lower East is just a day away. For the past month, we’ve been profiling many of this year’s participants. We saved one of the most enticing entries until second last – il laboratorio del gelato, the walk-up ice cream mecca on Orchard Street.
Jon Snyder comes from ice cream royalty. His grandfather, James Ceriale, built many of the original Carvel stores, starting in 1951. After returning from Italy at age 19, Snyder decided to strike out on his own, creating the Ciao Bella Gelato Company. Before long, he was selling to the city’s most formidable restaurants, including the River Cafe and the Russian Tea Room. Snyder sold the company in 1989 but he could not stay away.
John Snyder has been the reigning king of ice cream on the Lower East Side since he opened a tiny storefront on Orchard Street in 2002. Now he’s moved the main operation to a big new space across from Katz’s Deli, where he’s now offering 48 delicious flavors, hand-packed pints for takeout and delivery, and coffee from Cafe Grumpy. The original storefront offers 20 rotating flavors at a time.
188 Ludlow St., at Houston
95 Orchard St., at Broome
Hours: Ludlow St.: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Orchard St.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
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