by guest blogger Anne Colvin
I visited: Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream is a New York City-based ice cream spot serving all-natural homemade ice cream. They serve a variety of flavors from the traditional like chocolate or vanilla to the more unique like Earl Grey tea or ginger. Leeuwen has a few storefronts and also a handful of ice cream trucks that move around Manhattan and Brooklyn, and I happened to catch one of the trucks on a weekend visit to NYC in the West Village. They primarily sell ice cream, but some of the shops and trucks sell coffee and pastries too.
I ordered: A small cup of the Gianduja ice cream, and it was very tasty. The ice cream here is firm and has a great fresh taste because of the natural ingredients they use to make it.
Why it stood out: Not being a New Yorker, I had never tried ice cream from Leeuwen before. However, when we were walking through the West Village and my friend (who lives in New York) spotted the truck from a block away, she practically sprinted to get to it. That’s a good sign. They seem to be most famous for the Earl Grey tea ice cream, which is what my friend ordered for herself. I tried a bite and was pleasantly surprised by how true the flavor was and how tasty it was in ice cream form. I went with the Gianduja for myself because I love Nutella and the combination of cocoa and hazelnuts in homemade ice cream seemed way too good to pass up. And it was delicious!
It cost: $3.95 for a small cup; $4.50 to upgrade to a small ice cream cone
Find out more: You can find out more about Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream’s NYC brick & mortar shops and their trucks on their website: vanleeuwenicecream.com. They have their weekly schedule of locations posted here in the “Trucks” menu. If you’re in the West Village on weekends between noon and 6 p.m. you can catch the truck I visited at Bleecker & Charles.
About Anne Colvin: My name is Anne and I’m the blogger behind A Squared — a blog about my love for cooking, eating, and the city of Chicago. I live in downtown Chicago with my husband and I work a 9 to 5 job in real estate, but cooking, dining out, traveling, and exploring Chicago are my favorite ways to spend my free time. On A Squared I share recipes, restaurant reviews, my travels, and tidbits about life in the fabulous Windy City with my readers.