Gluten-Free at Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Ice Cream Shop
17 ratings
Reported NOT to have a gluten-free menu, but gluten-free options are available.
Reported GF menu options: Dessert, Ice Cream
Celiac

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This place used to accomodate celiac. Unfortunately no more. Went in with my daughter and they refused to wash the spoon or serve her anything other than the ice cream from the top of the container. They don’t care about celiac or cross contamination. The servers were extremely curt.

If you want ice cream in the area that is safe for celiac go to Venchi on Columbus.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much/None

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Poor

Celiac

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Van Leeuwen does a good job with allergies - lots of GF flavors - there’s a full list of ingredients and allergies on the website with a QR code to scan on the menu. They change gloves, clean the scooper and scoop from the bottom of the container so you get fresh ice cream

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
Celiac

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Absolutely delicious, and all the flavors are clearly labeled with different allergens!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Symptomatic Celiac

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Amazing vegan gluten free ice cream!! All ingredients are listed on the glass so you can see what is vegan and gluten free.

So yum! I had the vegan dark chocolate fudge brownie and the vegan peanut butter brownie honeycomb- both delicious!!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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We discovered this little ice cream shop last night that had several gf & vegan ice creams. I tried the vegan peanut butter honey comb that was df & gf (made with coconut milk) and it was delicious! There were still a lot of flavors we couldn’t have, but it was fun to try something new!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Symptomatic Celiac

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They have all allergens listed on the menu, but keep in mind that it’s rather than listing things that are gluten free, it lists which menu items contain gluten.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Overall Rating

Review


They have a QR code for food allergies, listing everything that has gluten. They do warn about potential cross contamination. They gave the scooper an extra rinse when I said I was unable to eat gluten and were very accommodating.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Symptomatic Celiac

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All GF flavors and toppings are marked on their menu!! I got the Strawberry ice cream and it was delicious!!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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Refused to scoop from a clean container, said all the ice cream is cross contaminated anyway.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much/None

Overall Rating

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I was offered a sample of ice cream here after I shared I had celiac and confirmed with the staff member it was gluten free. After I tried the sample, the staff member rechecked the ice cream flavor she gave me and stated that it did have gluten in it. It seemed like an honest mistake, but still very frustrating.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Average

Celiac

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Employees don’t know much and are kind of your stereotypical ice cream “I think it’s gluten free”. However it is marked on the board and they opened a new pint from the back for me and cleaned the scooper etc. So at the end of the day pretty good.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Symptomatic Celiac

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They clearly label on the menu what is GF, however the employee I spoke to said there is a good amount of risk for cross contamination. I’ve had their ice cream on 2 different trips to NYC and didn’t have any issues though. The honeycomb ice cream is soooo good!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Symptomatic Celiac

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I’ve never had so much trouble finding ice cream before but apparently gf, non-dairy, with no oats is particularly rare. Van Leeuwen somehow managed to do it though and their ice cream tastes normal (as opposed to those that stopped tasting like ice cream). The only problem is, and perhaps it’s only at this location but, they cross contaminate like crazy to the point where the gf ice cream isn’t gf and the dairy free ice cream isn’t dairy free.

I’ve gone here a few times with a lactose intolerant friend and we’ve both gotten sick every time. After our last visit, we noticed that they used the same scooper to serve us non dairy and gf ice cream that had just served the people before us cookie dough. Assuming they do this all day, it makes the treat unsafe for celiacs.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Gluten Sensitive

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Only had it in the grocery store, so fun to experience it! Menu clearly marked; had mint chip & double choc brownie, delicious!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Symptomatic Celiac

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Take caution! I didn’t get sick, but but after looking online I saw that oats are hiding in many of their vegan flavors marked as GF. I personally don’t do oats so that was good to find out. Also, a gf vegan flavor I had at one location was then marked as containing gluten at another. Mediocre ice cream

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Not Much

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Below Average

Symptomatic Celiac

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Ice cream flavors marked with gluten free, vegan, nuts, etc. Asked server to use clean scoop and she washed two for us. Said she would have used a new container but it was the last one. Had the seasonal flavors - planet earth and lemon creamsicle - with no issues.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
Celiac

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Definitely worth a trip - flavors are clearly labeled with multiple allergens. The only thing I was missing was a gf cone! But one of the staff said they are working on that soon. Great gf and vegan ice cream! My partner had a flavor with both gluten and dairy and enjoyed his as well!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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Went in nervous to order because I have celiac disease and they have a sign up that says to steer clear if you have a severe allergy. I’m really sensitive to gluten. I asked if they could change the scoop to a clean one since I have a “gluten allergy” and a girl immediately stepped up and said she could handle my order. She was so nice. Asked me what type of allergy it was, I told her gluten, and she immediately said she would get a clean scoop from the back AND she would go get fresh ice cream so that I wouldn’t experience any cross contamination. She also washed her hands before scooping. I was so happy to have such great service. 10/10!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating

Overall Rating

Review


I LOVE Van Leeuwen! Their artisan ice cream is pricey but their flavours are very rich! As someone who needs to be both gluten- and dairy-free, I'm a huge fan of their vegan ice cream. It's rare to find vegan ice cream offerings that consists of more than just fruity sorbets, and they do an excellent job here.

On the gluten front, they also mark gluten-containing flavours with a "G", even among the vegan options. I've never had a reaction eating here.

I rarely indulge in ice cream, but when I do, it's almost always here.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Celiac

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Got very sick and later realized I was told the cones were gluten free and after the fact was told that they weren't. Not safe for celiacs unfortunately and employees are not trained on GF.

Celiac friendly?

No

Gluten Sensitive

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Fantastic labeling of the menu, so many options and a great staff. I had pistachio ice cream in a gf waffle cone.

Gluten-Free Features
  • Dessert
  • Ice Cream
Categories
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Vegan Friendly
Each flavor lists the allergens.
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Peanut Butter Honey Comb
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Ice Cream
Honeycomb Ice Cream
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