Van Leeuwan Artisinal Ice Cream and Coffee

632 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, New York  11222
(718) 701-1630
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HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8am - 11pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am - 11pm

NEIGHBORHOOD: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

CATEGORIES: ice cream, cafe, organic

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Thanks to the owners’ pure and uncompromising love of their product, Van Leeuwen is the best ice cream in the city (and quite possibly the entire country). In February 2010, the company opened its flagship brick-and-mortar location in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and they opened a second storefront in Boerum Hill a year later. They make their ice cream upstate at Mercer’s Dairy, which is where they get all of their dairy products. Each batch is made from a classic cream, sugar cane, and egg yolk base, with absolutely no hormones, preservatives, or additives. They source their flavors from sustainable producers located all over the world: Sicilian pistachios, red currants from the Hudson Valley, and peppermint from Oregon, just to name a few. They also sell fair trade Intelligentsia coffee and local home-made baked goods. We should thank our lucky stars that the Van Leeuwens are now accessible year round!


by Jessica Dailey

Van Leeuwen ice cream is my favorite ice cream in the whole city. A single scoop may be $4 (and a large is $7!), but it’s worth the price. The chocolate — which they get from a small, family-run chocolate producer in Northern France — is so rich and creamy that I always wish I had a glass of milk to go with it. And just because they made their name with ice cream, don’t under estimate their baked goods. The black pepper and cheddar scones are to die for.

by Brit Liggett

It is such a joy to find the Van Leeuwen truck sitting on my street corner in the summer. Worth the cash, as all artisanal food is. I have to say I’m a purist when it comes to this stuff, the Vanilla is incredible.

by Lori Zimmer

this is on my block- kill me! i love the seasonal flavors like pumpkin. the egg nog wasn’t very flavorful though, but the rest are amazing. also have great coffee

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