Van Leeuwen Now Making Vegan Ice Cream

Equal-opportunity cone.
Equal-opportunity cone. Photo: gsz / flickr

After five years in business, the owners of Van Leeuwen are launching two vegan ice cream flavors: Bourbon & Tahitian Vanilla and Michel Cluizel Chocolate, made with organic coconut and pure cocoa butter. With Stogo’s closing in November and Lula’s Sweet Apothecary’s ominous sign that it’s “currently reorganizing,” it’s been a rough year for vegan ice cream lovers in the East Village area — a very specific demographic. Since Van Leeuwen prides itself on using fresh, local ingredients, these flavors should kill it. [Earlier, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream/Instagram]