Getting your ice cream on the go

July 20, 2009 3:32:25 PM PDT
Summer and ice cream go hand-in-hand. But now, there's a unique way to go beyond the ice cream truck. This is New York, where things are kicked up a notch. There's nothing wrong with Good Humor or Mister Softee trucks, but these ice cream vendors offer a slightly different, maybe even cooler experience.

Ben van Leeuwen sells his Artisan ice cream out of an old postal truck. There are just a few flavors, crafted from hormone-free natural ingredients and filling bellies in SoHo. Visit VanLeeuwenIceCream.com for more information.

And if you're into rainbow sprinkles, look for the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. It only just came out, so to speak. It serves up traditional soft serve ice cream. Look for the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck in the West Village during the day, near East Village and Chelsea bars and clubs at night and maybe even some Brooklyn appearances.

In TriBeCa, the Odeon serves up homemade scoops from an old-fashioned wooden cart outside its restaurant.

Outside another pass-by option in the East Village, the Smith is sort of a like a drive-thru window. But in this case, it's a quarter-pound ice cream sandwich known as the Smithwich.

On the Upper West Side, the chocolatier Jacques Torres offers ice cream from a cart, plus lots of toppings made from his chocolate.

In Fort Greene, look for the cart with motorcycle wheels. That's the General Greene Ice Cream cart. Inside, there are six flavors of ice cream, all made without eggs. The store is located at 229 Dekalb Avenue, between Adelphi Street and Clermont Avenue. The cart isn't quite as easy to track down. Call 718-222-1510 for more information.

So go for an extra lick, then burn it off by running after the tricycle that carries the eco-friendly Blue Marble ice cream.

They have two stores, as well, but there's something about getting your ice cream on the go.

And many of the vendors serve up pints of ice cream as well, so you can stock up. If you want to find out where those with wheels will be, they usually have daily locations on their Web sites.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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