Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Cones Ice Cream Artisans

This popular West Village gelateria was started by two brothers from Buenos Aires more than 10 years ago, and to this day you can still find long lines stretching out the door on hot and humid summer days. If you like standing in line, this is the place for you. Or maybe the photo of Heidi Klum posted in the front window, eating Cones gelato, will draw you in.

Cones Ice Cream Artisans Storefront

Cones Ice Cream Artisans Storefront

The Argentinian gelato is made fresh by hand and the shop boasts about two dozen flavors, from lemon to hazelnut to corn (yes, corn!) to yerba maté (South American tea). They even have ones with liquor – there’s one flavor you have to pay $1 to taste – I believe it’s Johnny Walker Black Label.

Ice Cream Counter at Cones

Ice Cream Counter at Cones

During my first visit I had the mint chocolate chip, which was a solid version of the common flavor – the texture is pretty light. The second time around, I went for the blueberry sorbet (sorry, no camera), and I would DEFINITELY recommend this. It was bursting with blueberry flavor – very fresh and fruity and refreshing.

More Ice Cream at Cones

More Ice Cream at Cones

The two things that turned me off were the expensive prices and the not-so-friendly service. Plus they have a two-taste limit. I actually don’t think I ever tasted anything – I just ordered because the owner didn’t look like he really wanted to be bothered with samples. I can understand the taste limit – after all, they make everything by hand – but I really don’t like rude service. No matter how good a place is, I don’t want to be yelled at when I’m trying to enjoy what I’m eating.

Mint Chocolate Chip Gelato at Cones in NYC

Mint Chocolate Chip Gelato at Cones in NYC

In any case, I would recommend it at least once, but it’s not a place I’d visit regularly. Whatever you do, try one of the sorbets!

Cones Artisanal Ice Cream - Made By Hand

Cones Artisanal Ice Cream - Made By Hand

Here’s the rundown:
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272 Bleecker Street (between Jones St & Morton St)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 414-1795
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Hours: Sun-Thu: 1pm-11pm; Fri-Sat: 1pm-1am

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