Monday, August 20, 2007


Last Saturday we went to the Upper West Side to buy a new frying thermometer at Zabar's, pick up groceries at Fairway, and try out the cookies at Levain Bakery. We just happened to pass by Grom on our way. What a neighborhood!

Anyway, you don't just pass by Grom. You stand in its line.

The line here isn't as bad as people make it out to be. It always snakes outside the sidewalk, but that's because the counter is at the front of the store. The few times we've been here it has never approached the proportions of the Pinkberry line.

The worst part of standing in line at Grom is the soap store next door. It stinks of cloying perfume. Ugh!

The best part of standing in line is this sign.

Biological eggs! That's what distinguishes Grom from the others. Other ice cream places use chemical eggs. C'mon!

What really distinguishes Grom from the others is that it is the best Italian gelato place in town, or at least their gelato is the only one in New York City that tastes just like the stuff that you'll find in Italy. We'd tried the stuff from Cones, Ciao Bella, and Il Laboratorio del Gelato, and although those products are good in their own way, they will never capture the particular goodness of the gelato in Italy.

On this trip I got a small cup of Pistachio and Stracciatella.

The Pistachio gelato is the best I've ever had. It's just ice cream, but it has multiple layers of flavor. So good. Stracciatella is just a fancy way of saying chocolate chip vanilla ice cream, and Grom's has really good and fancy chocolate chips. I suspect that they use broken up Valrhona bars, but I can't be sure.

Mabel decided to go with something new and got Melon sorbet and Peach sorbet, both with pulp.

I didn't really like the pulp in the sorbet. It didn't have much flavor and wasn't that texturally interesting. The Melon sorbet tasted good. It was more cantelope than honeydew. I would skip the Peach sorbet. It tasted more like apricot and wasn't that great regardless. Overall I would just stick with the gelato.

We ate on the median across from Grom. The wind inverted the trash bag and ejected little empty gelato cups. It was very entertaining. We are easily amused.

2165 Broadway (btn 76th and 77th St)
New York, NY 10024

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