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Has anyone seen the new artisan ice cream truck yet?

vvvindaloo Jun 11, 2008 08:04 PM

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:


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    sugartoof RE: vvvindaloo Jun 12, 2008 02:32 AM

    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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      vvvindaloo RE: sugartoof Jun 12, 2008 07:44 AM

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

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        sugartoof RE: sugartoof Jun 15, 2008 06:47 PM

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

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        DKH RE: vvvindaloo Jun 15, 2008 05:33 PM

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

        1. sing me a bar RE: vvvindaloo Jun 15, 2008 07:01 PM

          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. michele cindy RE: vvvindaloo Jun 30, 2008 10:06 AM

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

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              kathryn RE: michele cindy Jun 30, 2008 10:53 AM


              small, $3.50
              medium, $5.25
              large, $6.75

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                sugartoof RE: michele cindy Jun 30, 2008 11:03 AM

                3.50, i believe.

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                  adrman RE: michele cindy Jun 30, 2008 11:16 AM

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

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                    ChefJune RE: adrman Jul 17, 2008 12:58 PM

                    <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!

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                  offthebeatenpath1 RE: vvvindaloo Jun 30, 2008 11:19 AM

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

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                    vvvindaloo RE: offthebeatenpath1 Jun 30, 2008 12:08 PM

                    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. misnatalie RE: vvvindaloo Jun 30, 2008 01:34 PM

                    Where on University Place does it park?

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                      adrman RE: misnatalie Jun 30, 2008 06:54 PM

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

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                      nyc.girl RE: vvvindaloo Jun 30, 2008 07:11 PM

                      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.

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                        kathryn RE: vvvindaloo Jul 1, 2008 06:49 AM

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

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                          KateC. RE: vvvindaloo Jul 9, 2008 11:04 AM

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

                          Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
                          , New York, NY 10012

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                            offthebeatenpath1 RE: vvvindaloo Jul 9, 2008 11:42 AM

                            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.

                            Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
                            , New York, NY 10012

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                              thesu RE: offthebeatenpath1 Jul 10, 2008 06:52 PM

                              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.

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                              ch_smooth RE: vvvindaloo Jul 17, 2008 11:32 AM

                              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. guttergourmet RE: vvvindaloo Aug 7, 2008 12:09 PM

                                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.

                                Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
                                , New York, NY 10012

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                                  FattyDumplin RE: guttergourmet Aug 17, 2008 03:45 PM

                                  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.

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                                  racer x RE: vvvindaloo Sep 22, 2008 05:34 PM

                                  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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                                    michele cindy RE: racer x Sep 24, 2008 10:13 AM

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

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                                    jamielauren RE: vvvindaloo Sep 24, 2008 11:57 AM

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

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                                      FattyDumplin RE: jamielauren Sep 28, 2008 01:50 PM

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

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                                      windycity RE: vvvindaloo Oct 22, 2008 07:07 AM

                                      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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                                        piegirl74 RE: windycity Oct 22, 2008 08:20 AM

                                        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. guttergourmet RE: vvvindaloo Oct 24, 2008 08:19 AM

                                        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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                                          piegirl74 RE: guttergourmet Oct 24, 2008 08:34 AM

                                          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!

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                                          kathryn RE: vvvindaloo Apr 26, 2009 07:38 PM

                                          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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                                            FattyDumplin RE: kathryn Apr 29, 2009 08:58 PM

                                            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. Slob RE: vvvindaloo Apr 30, 2009 06:24 AM

                                            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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                                              kathryn RE: Slob Apr 30, 2009 07:06 AM

                                              You can buy pints at many locations:

                                              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:

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                                                Slob RE: kathryn Apr 30, 2009 07:30 AM

                                                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.

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                                                  kathryn RE: Slob Apr 30, 2009 07:41 AM

                                                  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.

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                                                    guttergourmet RE: Slob Apr 30, 2009 08:19 AM

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

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                                                      Slob RE: guttergourmet Apr 30, 2009 08:54 AM

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

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