il Laboratorio del Gelato Now Open at 188 Ludlow

Posted on: November 8th, 2010 at 6:27 am by

With twice the flavors and six times larger, the new il Laboratorio del Gelato at 188 Ludlow is poised to become an even bigger success. Located directly across from Katz’s Delicatessen, it’s sure to draw in the same crowd for dessert.  It opened up yesterday after a private grand opening party on Saturday night.  We stopped inside for a first look at the joint.

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The entrance is actually on East Houston, and once through the double glass doors, the patron is greeted with a warehouse feel complete with that new car smell, as it were. Laboratory lighting and neon. Yet, while still rough around the edges, the new space is essentially a fully functional factory for gelato.  Toward the back are industrial-sized freezers and other equipment to make and store the product. Meanwhile, up front is a large glass case with buckets of all the flavors – double the original number from the Orchard Street stand.  Bench seating in the windows fits roughly fifteen guests.

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Waiting in line for treats won’t be as bad now, considering everything is inside and climate controlled.

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