Il Laboratorio Del Gelato
Tuesday was our long day out in the city. We left our hotel in Queens a little after noon and had play tickets at 7:00. We didn’t really want to go back to the hotel if we didn’t have to which meant finding things to do in the city.
Our initial plan was to do the NBC Experience tour. It was about $20/per person and would have eaten up a little over an hour. When we got to the store, we found they were sold out for the day. Neither of us thought to buy tickets in advance.
As we were looking around the store we were approached by an employee who asked if we’d be interested in being part of an audience for Jimmy Fallon’s monologue rehearsal. We had both talked about going to a taping of the show so going to a rehearsal seemed like a good idea to us.
It turned out to be a really cool experience. We waited in line for what seemed like forever then the group of about 30-40 people were ushered in to Studio 6B where Fallon came out and did a few jokes and took notes on how we reacted. It was interesting because I watched the show later that night and found the jokes he picked to use were pretty much the ones that got the most laughs in rehearsal.
We were in there a little over twenty minutes then we were back walking the streets.
To our surprise, our three days in New York were hot and muggy. Not 100 degree hot, but a lot hotter than we were expecting when we packed for this trip. On the third day, we had some time to kill, so J looked up some ice cream places and came up with a list. One of those was a gelato laboratory which sounded good to both of us.
We hoped about the F train and took it to the Lower East Side. Il Laboratorio Del Gelato is a very small shop on Orchard Street just to the Delancy Street. It’s really not even a restaurant. It’s just a window in an old building next to what is going to be the Tenement Museum.
It’s definitely one of those places where we’re not exactly sure what we were expecting, but what we found was not it.
The gelato is in an ice cream case in the window which you walk up to from the street. There were several people in lab coats working in the kitchen which is behind the cooler. One of the ladies noticed us standing there and came up to see what we wanted.
Il Laboratorio Del Gelato calls itself a laboratory because they work with chefs and caterers to make small batches of unique flavors of gelato and sorbet. Their list of creations is at 200 although they only have a handful available each day.
I chose pretty quickly. I went with plain ol’ vanilla. I got a medium cup. The lab tech filled it up and handed it to me through the window while J tried to make up her mind. The gelato was delicious. It was so light and creamy and had a very strong vanilla bean flavor to it.
J also went with a medium cup which means she could pick up to two flavors. Since I’m slacking and writing this a week after the trip, I don’t remember the first flavor, but the second was Honeycrisp Apple. I was very surprised to see that in New York as I thought on Michiganders knew how great Honeycrisps were. She said both of her flavors were great and said the flavor of the Honeycrisp was dead on.
Gelato is something I’ve just found in the last couple years and I savor every experience I get with it. This one was no different. It was delicious and worth the train ride to the Lower East Side.