Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Ice Cream Shop, Dessert Shop, and Coffee Shop · East Village
48 1/2 E 7th St (at 2nd Ave), New York, NY 10003, United States
Closed until 8:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 8:00 AM–Midnight
  • Sat–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–Midnight
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 839 votes

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    Billy Kuan-yin C.
    "Palm sugar and Earl Grey Tea are to die for."(7 Tips)
    Stephanie P.
    "Really really good take on vegan ice cream!"(14 Tips)
    Peter S.
    "Earl gray tea ice-cream and some of the best coffee I've ever had."(39 Tips)
    Steven Y.
    "Best pistachio ice cream I've had; get it with the gianduja"(8 Tips)
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  • ice cream
  • earl grey tea
  • vegan food
  • coffee
  • palm sugar
  • espresso
  • casual
  • authentic
  • cozy
  • lively
  • family-friendly
  • gianduja ice
  • wifi
  • trendy
  • affogatos
  • good for a late night
  • hot fudge
  • free Wifi
  • study area
  • root beer floats
  • Lori L.

    This cafe and ice cream shop is the perfect place to unwind during the day or after dinner. Free WiFi is available, as are excellent ice cream flavors (Earl Grey, Pistachio, Currants & Cream).

    Lori Luo · August 11, 2014
  • Sean M.

    Sad to say, but no more free WiFi (nor any WiFi). Better head to Starbucks or NYPL instead (with bonus of customer restrooms). Still best ice cream and coffee with prime window seats 😛😛💕💕💦👅👅

    Sean Moriarity · October 3, 2015
  • Todd O.

    Not just an ice cream stop! They also serve delicious Intelligentsia Coffee. They have a great space and rarely have a line. A good back-up plan if the line at Abraco down the block is out of control.

    Todd Olmstead · August 20, 2011
  • Halstead Property

    Quality, tasty vegan ice cream is hard to come by, that's where their chocolate ice cream saves the day. They source their chocolate from a producer who grinds whole vanilla beans into the coco mill.

    Halstead Property · June 13, 2013
  • Lina B.

    This is some of the best ice cream I've ever tasted. Both the dairy and the vegan varieties are made with top-class ingredients, not too sugary or overpowering, just damn right delicious!

    Lina Bodestad · May 18, 2015
  • Irene M.

    Smooth, creamy flavors. Creative (earl grey; gianduja) but not too weird. Coffee is excellent, too. If you're really thinking, you'll put the ice cream IN the coffee, now you've really got something.

    Irene M · February 8, 2012
  • Kingsley Y.

    The company has also started make vegan flavors using cocoa butter, coconut milk and cashew milk as a base. Among the vegan flavors, salted caramel and chocolate are the most popular.

    Kingsley Younger · December 27, 2014
  • Michelle B.

    A for AMAZING! Really great tasting ice cream - several unique and uncommon flavors. Red currant and cream can't be beat in the Summer. Oh, and their homemade caramel sauce is stellar!

    Michelle Buckner · April 24, 2013
  • Sean M.

    So conflicted about this place— I love the staff and everything on the menu (including Toby's Estate Coffee), but now no customer restroom. Gotta go to NYPL… if it's open 🚽🙅😩🌊

    Sean Moriarity · September 29, 2015
  • Bollare

    The best summertime treat in the hood. My go-to favorite flavor is Pistachio, but the Giandujia (chocolate hazlenut) is equally awesome. Plus they brew Intelligentsia Coffee! —Tanya

    Bollare · March 30, 2012
  • Tamara H.

    Who orders ice cream in the morning? That's right. No one. But for some miraculous reason, V.L. opens early. Snag a table (any table, they'll all be empty!) in one of the prettiest places in town.

    Tamara H · September 13, 2011
  • Harumi U.

    Food network channel made their truck probably famous ahead of the actual shop. It is a very serene shop where everything screams "we are local". I personally like the seasonal fruity flavor ones.

    Harumi U · August 17, 2014
  • First We Feast

    You can be sure that when you spot one of its pastel-yellow trucks, there will be a line snaking around the corner waiting for elegant ice cream flavors like ceylon cinnamon, hazelnut, and Earl Grey. Read more

    First We Feast · August 3, 2014
  • Rachel D.

    Pistachio ice cream was good, hope to return and try more flavors (everything was sold out)! Friendly staff and nice atmosphere

    Rachel Donley · August 2, 2015
  • Meli

    Don't listen to these lying reviews! The ice cream here is awful! The ones that are decent are generic. They don't offer sprinkles and their cherries aren't cherries; they're actually marinated prunes

    Meli · September 9, 2014
  • Tara D.

    Best ice cream in the city. I'm in love with all the flavors, but I always am a sucker for the classic chocolate. It's perfectly silky.

    Tara Dîana · January 19, 2015
  • Alastair T.

    The flavor of the ice cream here (Espresso and Pistachio) is not as strong as I like. In fact, it tastes a little too sweet. I would prefer more flavor and less sweetness.

    Alastair Tse · June 30, 2012
  • Nick L.

    At this fine establishment, you can buy $7 ice cream, with freezer burn, served to you by a sighing 20-something who mutters to himself "perfect timing" when you pull out your credit card. A+ exp.

    Nick Lucchesi · April 17, 2013
  • Miranda L.

    Drove around the area looking for parking for dinner when we spotted this place & I was like f it lets get some ice cream! Can't go wrong w earl grey and hazelnut. Needless to say we were much happier

    Miranda Lim · January 4, 2015
  • Samantha B.

    The maple latte on ice is amazing. A little sweet so try adding an extra shot of espresso! Oh - and the kale scone. You had me at kale ....

    Samantha Barbour · September 3, 2012
  • Bryant B.

    Lots of space unlike the one in green point. Ice cream's just as good. Coffee or espresso. Can't go wrong with any of these flavors.

    Bryant Balatbat · December 8, 2015
  • Ethan

    Very good ice cream. The scoops come in nice little stainless steel bowls. Went for $1 scoop day but would probably not come regularly due to price.

    Ethan · March 7, 2015
  • Sophie T.

    Best ice cream I've ever had; earl grey tea and honeycomb scoops. And service is very friendly too.

    Sophie Trudel · October 26, 2015
  • Jesse B.

    Excellent ice cream and great vegan options (try the chocolate chip cookie dough, it's the right amount of salty and sweet!)

    Jesse Bagels · March 4
  • Viv

    Get the Gianduja "John-Dew-Ya" flavour. Like frozen healthy wholesome version of Nutella and just as good!

    Viv · November 16, 2013
  • Shalyn H.

    As of now there's no longer store wifi. They have a TimeWarner hotspot (TWCWiFi) which you'd need to have your own acct log-in

    Shalyn Huang · October 1, 2015
  • Nate B.

    Remarkable ice cream with great vegan options. The shop looks exactly like what you would expect when I say "high end ice cream parlor."

    Nate Beatty · May 26, 2015
  • Leah H.

    All their flavors are great, but you can never go wrong with their Mint chocolate chip

    Leah Hammerschlag · May 27, 2014
  • Molly S.

    Try the earl grey ice cream for a unique and refreshing treat! Lovely space inside with seating and friendly staff.

    Molly Stoddart · August 29, 2014
  • Mariana B.

    Decent vegan ice cream! If you want the best though- a trip to Vienna, Austria to try Veganista is a must! :)

    Mariana Bernasconi · October 28, 2014
  • Jennifer M.

    Ice cream and coffee were fantastic. However the customer service ruined the experience, the girl serving us was very rude, slow and overall unpleasant.

    Jennifer Marie · April 6, 2013
  • The Corcoran Group

    If you can’t track down a truck, you can always visit their tiny shop to get your Hazelnut or Peppermint & Chip creamy ice cream fix.

    The Corcoran Group · July 13, 2012
  • QQ W.

    Palm Sugar. But their cone tasted a tad bit bitter & burnt and the ice cream was a little freezer burnt. Perhaps it was just an off day.

    QQ W · June 10, 2013
  • Ina L.

    Loved the earl grey flavor. Their ice cream is a bit too sweet for me but really delicious!

    Ina Li · June 18, 2015
  • Nao M.

    Talk to Whitney, the assistant manager! She'll give you the whole history of LV and how to get high off of cinnamon ice-cream!

    Nao Miz · August 18, 2011
  • Dom G.

    Best place to get ice cream in east village. Get a scoop of the earl grey and a scoop of ginger. Amazing.

    Dom Goodrum · July 18, 2012
  • Bonobos

    Unique and delicious ice cream flavors! You can't go wrong with any of the flavors - it's hard to choose one!

    Bonobos · August 10, 2012
  • Dustin L.

    Espresso and chocolate is a winning combo. Roomiest ice cream place in the area with plenty of seating

    Dustin Lee · December 29, 2015
  • Gina L.

    It's also a coffee shop with wifi and some fine wood furniture and soft music playing in the background

    Gina Limon · April 9, 2015
  • Katherin S.

    I looooove the hazelnut and pistachio! Get the earl grey tea flavor if you want something out of the ordinary.

    Katherin Son · June 11, 2012
  • Loku NYC

    Get the Gianduja flavor if you like hazelnut and chocolate! You can also grab a cup of Van Leeuwen's from their mobile truck. Find more here:

    Loku NYC · June 18, 2012
  • Sarah S.

    Holy vegan ice cream. This will change your life. The dark chocolate and mint chocolate were amazing.

    Sarah Suchoff · July 8, 2014
  • Lisa G.

    $8 for a milk shake is pretty expensive... but it's quite good & they have a very friendly staff to boot. Cash only.

    Lisa Gansky · July 29, 2011
  • Meghan Kathleen

    The chocolate chip cookies are just amazing. I'm willing to say best in the city. Cash only, FYI.

    Meghan Kathleen · February 27, 2012
  • Laura R.

    I went here once and I really enjoyed it the ice cream is good and I also had a biscotti

    Laura Ramirez · December 22, 2015
  • Diana F.

    Get the ginger ice cream. Plenty of candied ginger pieces and just the right amount of kick!

    Diana Fu · January 12, 2015
  • Fluying

    Good music, Good (real) coffee and good ice creams! Includes vegan options of ice creams!

    Fluying · October 27, 2014
  • Shelby B.

    Adorable place with the creamiest ice cream -- and their hazelnut is basically to die for.

    Shelby Boyer · March 26, 2015
  • stephanie m.

    They have some of the best vegan flavors in the city! Try the Ovenly chocolate chip cookie.

    stephanie mckissick · April 1, 2015
  • Mike O.

    Bigger than the new west village location, just as delicious. Request Taylor Swift on vinyl.

    Mike O'Sullivan · August 16, 2015

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