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Monday, May 7



Scoboco braved the blizzard of hype that blew into town with this weekend's opening of Grom gelateria and, unbelievably, this dense, intense, sophisticated sweet treat—made fresh every day with natural, often artisanal ingredients, and using traditional Italian recipes—actually surpassed our expectations.

Seriously: this stuff is amazing.

The lines were insane all weekend outside the sparkling storefront on Broadway, and it was no different when the three of us arrived at around 3:40 on Sunday afternoon. A half an hour later—yes, that's correct, we waited 30 minutes in line to buy gelato—we ordered medium cups, two flavors each. Co's was a beautiful Chocolate (from Ecuador) and an impossibly creamy Stracciatella with crunchy Venezuelan chocolate chips. Bo had the Pistachio ("from Bronte") and the Extranoir Chocolate with Ecuadorian chocolate chips, and said: "These are the best versions of these flavors that I've ever had." I tried it... she was right.

I ordered the Gianduja, which was incredible, like the Nutella of heaven; and the even better Crema di Grom with chewy/crunchy Battifolo biscuits and more of those Ecuadorian chocolate chips. All the flavors are deep and—yes, I'll say it—complex. The textures are smooth without even a hint of that oily plastic-ness that so often kills gelato. Grom's flavors change with the season, and they also serve sorbet and granita (click on the menu at right to enlarge).
I can't wait to go back. This should become one of the Upper West Side's few destination restaurants.

Grom is located on Broadway between 76th and 77th Streets. They're open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.

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Anonymous Jen Chung said...

Thanks for the review - I will have to check it soon - perhaps even tonight!

5:44 PM, May 07, 2007

Anonymous MasPinaSarap said...

I honestly found out about them from gothamist last week and checked out the site and right away their marketing is so chic I knew I had to try it. Come Saturday morning the walk through the park and down blocks and blocks into (free) line for 35 minutes was worth it. I was on a gelato high and have honestly never had better gelato. The service was friendly too and they give you nice spoonfuls of samples. Not to mention it is hard to get a simple cream flavor that I used to get in Spain under the name "NATA", at GROM the Fiordilatte is so close. When I try the other cream flavors I will know more, one thing is for sure, I'm making another GROM trip and will gladly shell out the money.

1:29 AM, May 08, 2007

Blogger Scott said...

UPDATE: Could the granita actually be better than the gelato?!? I had the almond the other day on my way to Fairway and it was unbelievably delicious: refreshing, sophisticated, sweet, total perfection.

6:04 PM, May 16, 2007


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