Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Ice Cream Shop, Dessert Shop, and Coffee Shop$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Monica S.
    "Might be the best vegan ice cream place in the city!"(20 Tips)
    Billy Kuan-yin C.
    "Palm sugar and Earl Grey Tea are to die for."(7 Tips)
    Peter S.
    "Earl gray tea ice-cream and some of the best coffee I've ever had."(49 Tips)
    Steven Y.
    "Best pistachio ice cream I've had; get it with the gianduja"(8 Tips)
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  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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).
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJune 13, 2013
    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.
  • Lina B.
    Lina BodestadMay 18, 2015
    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!
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BucknerApril 24, 2013
    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!
  • Kingsley Y.
    Kingsley YoungerDecember 27, 2014
    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.
  • Todd O.
    Todd OlmsteadAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Tara D.
    Tara DîanaJanuary 19, 2015
    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.
  • Bollare
    BollareMarch 30, 2012
    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
  • Rachel D.
    Rachel DonleyAugust 2, 2015
    Pistachio ice cream was good, hope to return and try more flavors (everything was sold out)! Friendly staff and nice atmosphere
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UAugust 17, 2014
    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.
  • Irene M.
    Irene MFebruary 8, 2012
    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.
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    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
  • Sean M.
    Sean MoriarityOctober 3, 2015
    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 😛😛💕💕💦👅👅
  • Paddy
    PaddyJune 24
    Delicious craft ice cream. Very popular spot to such an extent that by evening they could well be out of popular flavours! Mint choc chip was excellent.
  • Miranda L.
    Miranda LimJanuary 4, 2015
    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
  • Viv
    VivNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Gianduja "John-Dew-Ya" flavour. Like frozen healthy wholesome version of Nutella and just as good!
  • Samantha B.
    Samantha BarbourSeptember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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 ....
  • Adrian P.
    Holy shit I never thought I'd say it, but the fucking vegan ice cream here is the shit. The dark chocolate vegan absolutely trounced the dark chocolate dairy in a head to head ice cream face off.
  • Foxxy B.
    Foxxy BOctober 23
    Insane collection of vegan flavors. Traditional flavors are rich and creamy. Great coffee. A classic NY ice cream staple. No longer offering restrooms.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MoriaritySeptember 29, 2015
    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 🚽🙅😩🌊
  • Sophie T.
    Sophie TrudelOctober 26, 2015
    Best ice cream I've ever had; earl grey tea and honeycomb scoops. And service is very friendly too.
  • G
    GAugust 26
    Vegan salted caramel was delicious! Very sweet though. For non sweet tooths the earl grey is good!
  • Anissa
    AnissaMay 24
    The ginger is so good! Lots of little bits of candied ginger for ginger enthusiasts (like me)
  • Nick L.
    Nick LucchesiApril 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Emily W.
    Currently my favorite ice cream in all of NYC. The chocolate, espresso, and salted caramel flavors are all 👌. Service can be slow.
  • Bryant B.
    Bryant BalatbatDecember 8, 2015
    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.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HoOctober 29
    Love the vegan peanut butter chip! Follow my food and corgi guide on Instagram @EricHoRaw
    Upvoted Oct 29
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Jesse B.
    Excellent ice cream and great vegan options (try the chocolate chip cookie dough, it's the right amount of salty and sweet!)
  • Leah H.
    Leah HammerschlagMay 27, 2014
    All their flavors are great, but you can never go wrong with their Mint chocolate chip
  • Lesjahn D.
    Lesjahn DbSeptember 27
    Try the fresh flavors, that change from time to time. Just tried honey comb, amazing! The earl grey flavor is a fave!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 13, 2012
    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.
  • Molly S.
    Molly StoddartAugust 29, 2014
    Try the earl grey ice cream for a unique and refreshing treat! Lovely space inside with seating and friendly staff.
  • Veronica G.
    If you want to queue for 45 minutes to eat some icecream - this is the spot for you! You might not mind watching the staff flirting with the young girls while you wait and wait !
  • Ethan
    EthanMarch 7, 2015
    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.
  • Mariana B.
    Mariana BernasconiOctober 28, 2014
    Decent vegan ice cream! If you want the best though- a trip to Vienna, Austria to try Veganista is a must! :)
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiJune 18, 2015
    Loved the earl grey flavor. Their ice cream is a bit too sweet for me but really delicious!
  • Dom G.
    Dom GoodrumJuly 18, 2012
    Best place to get ice cream in east village. Get a scoop of the earl grey and a scoop of ginger. Amazing.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyMay 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Remarkable ice cream with great vegan options. The shop looks exactly like what you would expect when I say "high end ice cream parlor."
  • Bonobos
    BonobosAugust 10, 2012
    Unique and delicious ice cream flavors! You can't go wrong with any of the flavors - it's hard to choose one!
  • Janice K.
    Ask for a cone in your cup for no extra charge! The cocoa nibs were good, but have a very overpowering taste and took away from the taste of the ice cream a bit too much for my preference
  • Stephanie P.
    Really really good take on vegan ice cream!
  • Dustin L.
    Dustin LeeDecember 29, 2015
    Espresso and chocolate is a winning combo. Roomiest ice cream place in the area with plenty of seating
  • Monica S.
    Might be the best vegan ice cream place in the city! Mint is my favorite.
  • Jag F.
    Really great ice cream. Going there feels like being transported into your childhood. It is even relatively cheap.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SuchoffJuly 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Holy vegan ice cream. This will change your life. The dark chocolate and mint chocolate were amazing.
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅October 27, 2014
    Good music, Good (real) coffee and good ice creams! Includes vegan options of ice creams!
  • Alastair T.
    Alastair TseJune 30, 2012
    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.
  • Shalyn H.
    Shalyn HuangOctober 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Diana F.
    Diana FuJanuary 12, 2015
    Get the ginger ice cream. Plenty of candied ginger pieces and just the right amount of kick!
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