A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 30, 2009
Gelato District

"Gelato District” is a coinage of New York magazine on June 15, 2008 for the Greenwich Village South area that features several shops that sell gelato. In 2009, Apple Core Hotels began offering a New York Gelato Tour of the “Gelato District.”

New York (NY) magazine
Gelato Slurpdown
Suddenly, the south Village is rife with competing purveyors of creamy, melty smoothness.

By Robin Raisfeld & Rob Patronite
Published Jun 15, 2008
With the arrivals of Grom two months ago and the nearby L’Arte del Gelato last summer to a strip already inhabited by the decade-old Cones and landmark Rocco’s, this stretch of Bleecker Street and the surrounding south Village area has officially emerged as Manhattan’s gelato district. It’s now possible for the intrepid ice-cream licker to toddle from one shop to another, sampling a nocciola here and a pistachio there, comparing and contrasting and scrounging as many tastes as store policy dictates—which, of course, is exactly what we did. Here’s how they stacked up.

233 Bleecker St., at Carmine St. 212-206-1738
75 Seventh Ave. S., at Barrow St. 212-924-0803
272 Bleecker St., nr. Morton St. 212-414-1795
19 Commerce St., nr. Seventh Ave. S. 212-243-1640
259 W. 4th St., at Perry St. 212-604-9254
243 Bleecker St., nr. Leroy St. 212-242-6031

Serious Eats: New York
Pistachio Gelato Smackdown: Grom vs. L’Arte del Gelato
Posted by Zach Brooks, June 16, 2008 at 11:15 AM
Gelato lovers in New York City will be hard pressed to find an area with more choices than Bleecker Street in the West Village, and New York magazine has officially dubbed it “Manhattan’s Gelato District” in this week’s issue. Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite tried out all six and gave their impressions, which in turn sparked a mini debate here at SE:NY.

WABC-TV Eyewitness News (New York, NY)
Exploring the ‘Gelato District’
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 | 6:29 PM
WEST VILLAGE (WABC)—Manhattan has a theater district, a fashion district and even a diamond district. Now, it looks like there’s also a gelato district.

The Food Section
New Frontiers in Culinary Travel: Ice Cream Tourism
Apple Core Hotels is offering a “Gelato Tour” travel package from July 1 to August 31 which includes accommodations at one of the company’s five New York City hotels (starting at $179 per night) and a $30 credit towards scoops from three gelato shops in the West Village-centric “Gelato District”:

Apple Core Hotels guests can take a relaxing stroll through the charming streets of New York City’s “Gelato District”, where their taste buds will be given a workout with the varied flavor offerings––from the traditional Stracciatella to the adventurous Ciocco Peperoncino (chocolate cayenne pepper).  Guests will visit the following shops on the tour: Grom (an Italian gelati chain, serving a range of flavors made with first-rate ingredients from the old country), L’Arte Del Gelato (featuring Italian favorites such as Stracciatella, Cassata Siciliana and Biscotti), and Cones (be sure to try the Corn flavor with an optional sprinkle of cinnamon).  All three shops are situated within walking distance of one another in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

I didn’t even know that that New York had a “Gelato District.” But, if there is to be one, shouldn’t Il Laboratorio del Gelato be chief among the landmarks?
Posted by Josh Friedland on May 29, 2009

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