Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

This has long been on my list of “To Try” ice cream places, so I was very happy when my friend and I found ourselves near Van Leeuwen’s new brick-and-mortar shop in Brooklyn last week, and on a warm, sunny day to boot.

Gianduja Ice Cream - Piedmont Hazelnuts blended with Michel Cuizel Chocolate

Gianduja Ice Cream - Piedmont Hazelnuts blended with Michel Cuizel Chocolate

The shop is small and charming, with a delightful painting of their truck being lifted into the air by some colorful balloons on one wall, a small counter with muffins, biscotti, and old-school ice cream sundae glasses in the front, and large windows that fold back, giving the whole place the feel of an outdoor cafe.

Menu - Front Counter - Painting of the Truck

Menu - Front Counter - Painting of the Truck

Fortunately for me, three ice cream flavors were already sold out, so choosing a flavor was slightly easier. Just slightly. I debated between Earl Grey Tea and Ginger and finally decided on Earl Grey Tea, which I was absolutely happy with. The ice cream wasn’t too sweet and the flavor was subtle and pure, like a cup of earl grey tea in a creamy frozen form. I was so tempted to eat another scoop but held back – that will make my next visit that much sweeter.

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream - Storefront - Gianduja Ice Cream

Earl Grey Tea Ice Cream - Storefront - Gianduja Ice Cream

My friend ordered a scoop of gianduja, which is hazelnut blended with chocolate – that was also delicious and I could have stolen a few more bites, but that just would have been rude.

I’m just glad that I have so many options to enjoy this ice cream now – I can chase down their trucks roaming city, I can make a trek out to Brooklyn and visit this cute little shop, or, (and this is dangerous), I can go to my local market and find pre-packed pints of Van Leeuwen ice cream in its freezer section. If they stock Earl Grey ice cream, I’m in big trouble.

Here’s the rundown:
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Creamfive_cones
632 Manhattan Ave. between Nassau and Norman Avenues (Trucks also roam the city)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 701-1630
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Hours: Weekdays, 8am to 11pm; Weekends, 9am to 11pm

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