Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

When in London, i read an article about the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop; then i went to New York, and got me some ice cream (and some buttons…)


At 61 Grove Street (at Seventh Avenue South), on my way through the village, i made a stop to see what all the hype was about. I walked in and saw Estelle Getty’s picture on the wall, in rainbow glory and ordered a ‘Bea Arthur’ without contemplating anything else. One may not be the worlds greatest ice-cream lover, but vanilla ice-cream, dulce de leche and crushed ‘nilla wafers, which all come together to pay homage to a Golden Girl, is just right for me. The ice-cream was huge, and yet we also ordered a cup of vanilla ice-cream with spicy-crushed pistachios.


Throughout their years living in New York City, Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff had always focused on their respective careers — until they got themselves a Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Their seasonal truck debuted in June 2009, and since then, the business has seen a whirlwind of publicity and has become a New York favorite.

Vanilla Ice cream and spicy-crushed pistachios
Vanilla Ice cream and spicy-crushed pistachios

Going late afternoon was treat! We found a table, had a laugh with the vibrant staff and enjoyed the music whilst we tucked into our ice-cream.

The ice-cream was tasty, though a somewhat glorified soft-serve, but who am i to judge. Gelato on the other hand, is something i know about. The toppings were exciting and unique; Cayenne Pepper, Key Lime Curd and Wasabi Pea Dust, are just a selection of tantalising offerings. The Bea Arthur was perfect however; A mountain of ice-cream, swirled with a beyond generous helping of dulce de leche and delicately dunked in the ‘nilla wafer dust. I hate to admit it, but i pretty much ate the entire thing!

During one visit, there is only so much ice-cream one can have, so i can only comment on the Bea Arthur, but first and foremost, the place is quirky. Little ice-cream trays to control the mess, rainbow colours everywhere and  unicorns dotted around. On the menu are also ice-cream sandwiches, shakes and if you’re in the mood for coffee, there’s even a ‘Big Gay Blend’, which makes for a great iced-coffee served to your specification.

To remember your experience, grab yourself some badges, a t-shirt, a mug, or anything else from their selection of goodies; and don’t forget to try a unique combination of ice-cream.



4 thoughts on “Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

  1. I love Big Gay Ice Cream. I ordered the Salty Dog and other ice cream now leaves me disappointed and unsatisfied. The best part is that it’s just up the street from Carnagie Deli.

      1. It’s just the blending of flavors and not just relying on sweetness. I waited in line at the brick and mortar store and it was worth it. #icecream

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