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Has anyone seen the new artisan ice cream truck yet?

The Van Leeuwen "slow food" ice cream truck (of CT) supposedly just made its NYC debut. The quality seems high and the flavors sound intriguing:

http://www.vanleeuwenicecream.com/

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  1. It was outside the David Byrne opening for his playing the building installation, but I didn't know what it was, just that it was a really nice looking truck, and they appeared to be serving something gelato looking....and that the pistachio scoops matched the truck.

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    1. re: sugartoof

      I think the DB opening was its Manhattan debut. They should be roaming the streets by now...

      1. re: sugartoof

        correction, the pistachio color of the truck was more lemon yellow like...i saw it at sundown.

      2. They are still waiting on permits for NYC, but they should be here soon I will post as soon as they get them.

        1. If the prices are as absurd as Grom or the other gelato places, I'll stick with Ben & Jerry's or (forgive me) Mt Frostee!

          1. I just read about it today and I see It parks near where I work. Does anyone know the cost?

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                1. re: michele cindy

                  Bought a hand packed pint of chocolate last night on University Place, $8. It was excellent.

                  1. re: adrman

                    <Bought a hand packed pint of chocolate last night on University Place, $8. It was excellent.>

                    at that price, it ought to moo!!!! I'll churn my own!

                2. Does the true park anywhere after 7PM. The website only says between 12-7.

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                  1. re: offthebeatenpath1

                    I haven't heard of any evening hours past 7. I think it splits days between SOHO and GV, from 12 PM to 7 PM.

                  2. Where on University Place does it park?

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                    1. re: misnatalie

                      I can't remember if it was between 11&12th or 10th and 11th.

                    2. it's on the corner of greene and prince during the day, I think. I stopped by yesterday for the pistachio flavor. Yuuum. Read a review saying the ginger flavor wasn't that great.

                      1. It was still in Soho around 8pm last night. Prince St. and Thompson?, I think. Near W. Broadway.

                        1. Had a strawberry cone last week. Tasted like fresh fruit. Best strawberry ice cream ever.

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                          Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
                          , New York, NY 10012

                          1. Happened to have been in the area last week and had a scoop of the pistachio and a scoop of the chocolate.

                            I am not sure if they use a different base for the two types or if it was just a freezer temperature differential, but the pistachio was way too hard and over frozen. It lacked taste and I broke a plastic spoon trying to eat it at first. It was really too cold to taste it, but once it melted a bit in the 99 degree heat, it was good, but not great.

                            The choclate, on the other hand, was probably the 2nd best chocolate ice cream I have had next to Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. You could taste the quality chocolate and the consistency was smooth. I would definitely have this again.

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                            Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
                            , New York, NY 10012

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                            1. re: offthebeatenpath1

                              I agree that the ice cream is too hard. I ate it 99 degree heat, and it didn't melt. I had the chocolate-hazelnut and it just tasted like cream and eggs. A disappointment for me.

                            2. Tried it last week - I think now it's at Prince & Greene. Had a strawberry cone, which was delicious - they totally grind/puree the strawberries so the ice cream is smooth. I loved this, as I hate the texture of strawberries in ice cream and yogurt. Going to have to go back every week to try them all!

                              1. Had the gianduja last night on a cone. The chocolate (purportedly Cluizel) and the hazelnuts (purportedly from Piedmont) were absolutely delicious. Though denser than gelato (as it was ice cream), it was as good or better than any of the great gelato places around town (Grom, Laboratorio, Cones, etc.) and probably a little cheaper. I also love the truck trend. Parked most nights on University between 10th and 11th.

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                                Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
                                , New York, NY 10012

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                                1. re: guttergourmet

                                  there's now a cart outside of fairway on the UWS, still not as popular as Grom, but imho, better tasting and just a bit cheaper...

                                  i tried the strawberry, which as someone already described is super smooth, because the strawberries are pureed to the point that you don't have any chunks. i really enjoyed that because it maintains the integrity of the base icem cream's texture, without interrupting it with the frozen icy chunks strawberry ice cream usually has.

                                  The strawberry flavor is very light but fragrant. I typicaly like a very strong fruit flavor in my fruit icecreams, but i didn't care in this case. This is possibly the best tasting ice cream base i've ever had, with a wonderful vanilla undertone. i can't wait to try the other flavors.

                                2. I was in the area and decided to try some of their ice cream today.
                                  But the truck was parked in front of an area of the sidewalk that really reeked (think certain parts of Chinatown at the height of the summer).
                                  I'm sure that the offensive odors had NOTHING to do with the ice cream truck (that area sometimes reeks when the truck isn't there, in fact). Still, I wonder whether the owners, driver realize that where they park the truck can influence how a potential customer feels about their product.

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                                  1. re: racer x

                                    Ever since the feast last week, this entire area has been exceptionally stinky.

                                  2. Their mint and chip- worst ice cream I've ever had

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                                    1. re: jamielauren

                                      how so? haven't tried it yet, but have enjoyed their other flavors thus far.

                                    2. I went a week ago. I tried the currant and cream since I love currants and found the texture to be dry and crumbly, not unlike stale playdoh. So I got a scoop of strawberry instead.

                                      Man, strawberry ice cream's texture should come from chunks of berry (they were all pureed out), not ice crystals. I can see why there was no line when I got there. I have made better strawberry ice cream at home. They need to work on maintaining a stable temperature for their ice cream. Ice chips are not good eats.

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                                      1. re: windycity

                                        Really? That's so sad! Because when I had the strawberry ice cream, it was wondeful! Completely creamy, yes. The berries were fully blended it, but the ice cream was super creamy - not remotely icy.

                                        I also had the pistachio which I equally enjoyed. More delicate flavors that I had expected, but they were natural. Not artificial tasting like most ice creams.

                                        The vanilla was also wonderful!!

                                        I didn't like the Granduia very much, though. But, that's likely because while I LOVE dark chocolate with hazelnuts, I don't enjoy that flavor of ice cream. But, I think just the plain chocolate would be good.

                                      2. Tried the chocolate last night. Very good quality, similar to the gianduia. My only complaint both times is that they keep the ice cream a little too cold so that it's a bit hard. On the other hand it lasts longer and doesn't drip. Still prefer Cones on Bleecker.

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                                        1. re: guttergourmet

                                          I have never been to Cones, but think I will check it out this weekend. Next to pie....ice cream is the best thing EVER!

                                        2. They're back! Had some very nice strawberry ice cream this afternoon. My fiance tasted the mint chip, said it was missing something (intensity, perhaps?).

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                                          1. re: kathryn

                                            strawberry was as good as i remembered it. chocolate was more intensely sweet than last year. but still great. disappointed that there aren't newflavors, which they said they would bring towards the end of last year.

                                          2. Where is the truck located now. I'll be in town next week and would love to pick up some good ice cream.

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                                            1. re: Slob

                                              You can buy pints at many locations:
                                              http://www.vanleeuwenicecream.com/

                                              The truck parks in Soho during the day. I think they move to University Place at night.

                                              This post has last year's hours/locations:
                                              http://nymag.com/daily/food/2008/08/i...

                                              1. re: kathryn

                                                Thanks, kathryn. Do you have the exact location this year for the truck, or does it move around like a standard ice cream truck throughout the day? I don't want to go to Whole Foods to buy a pint. I'd rather do the truck experience and enjoy it while walking around.

                                                1. re: Slob

                                                  I wasn't sure if you wanted takeaway or to eat it on the spot (you can "pick up some good ice cream"). I've been walking around Soho quite a bit lately and the truck seems to always be on Greene and Prince, at least during the day.

                                                  1. re: Slob

                                                    I always see them at night on University Place around 10th street outside Patsy's Pizza.

                                                    1. re: guttergourmet

                                                      A hearty thanks to kathryn and gutter. Looking forward to tasting some of that delicious ice cream.