The Day | Samples Limited at LES Ice Cream Joint

Lady Aiko. Houston Street Mural. New York City. 07.11.12.Matthew Kraus

Good morning, East Village.

DNAInfo reports that Il Laboratorio del Gelato has a strict two-sample limit on ice cream flavors. With all the exotic flavors, some folks tend to try lots of ice cream before making a decision, an owner says. The excessive sampling creates a long line, and also costs money. “”If a group of eight people come in, that is still 16 samples,” the owners of Il Laboratrorio tells the Web site. “”If any of my staff break it, I flip out.”

EV Grieve notes that a water cafe — that’s right, a water cafe — is open on East 10th Street. It sells “hyper-filtered, perfectly pure, eco-conscious” agua.

Booker & Dax, Death & Co., and Summit Bar are featured in Eater’s roundup of the city’s best cocktail bars.

The New York Post reports that the Citi Bike program has been postponed and will not launch by the end of this month.

Horse Trade Theater Group passes along its lineup for the 2012-2013 season.

Who made CBGB cool? The Huffington Post notes that “a recent e-book by longtime tour manager Larry Butler gives Television singer and guitarist Tom Verlaine credit for making CBGB’s cool,” but drummer Chris Fantz disputes that Verlaine gave his band, the Talking Heads, their start at CBs. “As far as I know, Tom Verlaine has never done a single favor for anyone…not even himself.”

And a pair of reminders: Borough President Scott M. Stringer is holding his East Village town hall meeting tonight at Tompkins Square Library on East 10th Street starting at 6 p.m. Head there to grab the beep’s ear about any issues in the neighborhood.

And the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation passes along word that two City Council subcommittees will vote on N.Y.U. 2031 early this morning starting at 9:30 a.m. The outcome of those votes will strongly influence the votes of the entire council. Stay tuned to The Local for more on that.