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Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

Restaurants, Ice cream parlors West Village
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Bea Arthur portrait at Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
Photograph: Teddy Wolff

Time Out says

The East Village's beloved soft-serve purveyor expands with a larger West Village branch. Three ice-cream machines dispense standard flavors, like vanilla and chocolate, as well as seasonal favorites such as pumpkin or peppermint. Other frozen treats, including ice-cream cakes and pies, are available all day, while early risers can find pastries and coffee. As at the first location, campy decor—rainbows, crystals and unicorns—adds sparkle to the 16-seat shop's interior.



Address: 61 Grove St
New York
Cross street: at Seventh Ave South
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average ice cream cone: $5. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
Opening hours: Daily 7am–midnight
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Users say (3)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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How many times have you been walking through the West Village on a nice summer day and been like "wow we should get ice cream" and then looked at the Big Gay Ice Cream line??? SO MANY TIMES. That's because its freaking worth it. I love the salty pimp and I also love listening to the tourists order and then giggle and what they're ordering.


I’ve been a fan of their East Village location for years, and was so happy to see them expand to the West Village! This is some of the creamiest, softest ice cream I’ve ever had, and their specialty ice creams are everything. When I first ordered a Bea Arthur (vanilla, injected with dulce de leche and covered in Nilla wafers), I thought all the toppings would make the ice cream unbearably sweet? But whoever conceived the flavor knew what they were doing, because everything is just perfect together. I also appreciate how much bigger this location is, and that there’s room to sit in side. And of course, the Golden Girls motifs are present in this location.


Big Gay Ice Cream is definitely a unique place to get some ice cream. While only serving soft-serve ice cream with an array of toppings and combinations, it is guaranteed this is the only shop you'll have the option to get ice cream injected with delicious dulce de leche or topped with unusual options of olive oil & sea salt or key lime curds. If you love an interesting ice cream treat, this is definitely a place to try, but no need to go more than a couple of times. The only downfall to this specific location (I have yet to try the East Village one) is that it is usually touristy and has a line out the door. If you do see a line out the door when you go, it's worth sticking on the line since it goes by fairly quick.

My personal favorite is the Monday Sundae - chocolate and vanilla soft-serve in a Nutella-lined cone with dulce de leche, sea salt, and whipped cream (as seen below!).

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