Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Il Laboratorio del Gelato - ICE CREAM

They make the ice cream right here where you can buy it too.

Sorbets beyond dessert!  Like wine, sorbet ice cream and gelatos can creatively be paired with appetizers and main dishes.  I've covered some favorites ice cream spots to go to in New York City; however this time, I'm featuring Il Laboratorio del Gelato because they're the only place I know that make sorbets of unusual flavors.  Not only do they taste good, but you can use them creatively at home on dishes.

You too, can now serve like a 4-5 Star restaurant right from your own home.  Yes, you can make your own sorbet to compiment the dishes. If you live in New York City, you can buy a small cup or a pint of any of these incredible flavored sorbets and ice cream to compliment your dishes.  It's not just for dessert.  For instance, this cucumber sorbet below:
This cucumber sorbet can be scooped over gazpacho before serving.

It's Fall and almost Thanksgiving Day!
How about making a baked alaska with this sweet potato gelato?

To the right is the pumpkin ice cream which you can serve as a dessert.
Instead of pumkin pie, scoop it on a store bought pie crust or graham cracker crust with toasted glazed pecans.

Above, the green mint ice cream can pair well with dark chocolate cake!
Or maybe scooped on top of a lemon tart or lemon bar.

How about the Pink Peppercorn flavor sorbet, to go with a small bowl of shrimp salad as an appetizer

Ginger ice cream on the left can be served with molasses cookies or with chocolate sauce!

The basil ice cream above could go on top of sliced tomato salad with soft mozzarella, drizzled with olive oil.

Butternut Squash on cold carrot soup or a good first course or amuse bouche with a little ginger sorbet on top.
Or maybe serve it to a finicky todler so he/she can have some vegetables.  It's delicious!

      Celerty sorbet could be served on top of a cold vichysoise soup or maybe borscht?!

Above, cantaloupe sorbet, is one of my favorites. I like it just the way it is.

On the left is honey crispy apple.  You can serve this in a tart cup.  Drizzle it with some maple caramel sauce!  A lighter finale at the end of the meal on Thanksgiving Day!

Green Grape Sorbet!  Can be served with a light slice of cheese or paired with a duck terrine

In my case, I just wanted to have one of these sorbets (before lunch) so I ordered the 2 flavor cup and chose the cucumber and ginger flavors.  Heavenly!
Note: Although they make these unusual delicious flavors of gelatos and sorbets, they do carry the usual and conventional flaors like Coffee, Chocolate etc...

188 Ludlow St (at Houston St) Lower East Side40.722073-73.987230
Il Laboratorio del Gelato
New York NY
(212) 343-9922
Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second AveGet directions
Mon–Thu 7:30am–10pm; Fri, Sat 7:30am–midnight; Sun 10am–10pm
Average scoop: $4.25 AmEx, MC, V

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