If you live in NYC you’ve probably heard of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck or maybe even seen it around but if you don’t know about it, then I’m here to introduce you. The truck was first launched in 2009 by Doug Quint. The idea was to take standard ice cream truck fare and turn it into something exciting. With toppings like elderflower syrup, sea salt, cayenne pepper, wasabi pea dust and the fabulously rainbow decorated truck they quickly gained a cult following. This past weekend BGICT opened up their first real store in the East Village (7th between 1st and Ave A). Obviously, I had to go check it out.
They’re famous for many of their inventions but particularly the Salty Pimp and the Bea Arthur. The Salty Pimp is vanilla soft serve with dulce de leche, sea salt, and a coating of chocolate. The pairing of caramel with salt is clearly a winner and add to that the chocolate coating and you’ve got a perfectly constructed cone of deliciousness. The ice cream isn’t anything to write home about but that’s not really the point here. You go for the inventive toppings that take the soft serve to a whole other level.
The Bea Arthur, named after the one and only Golden Girls actress, is vanilla soft serve with dulce de leche and coated in nilla wafers. The entire cone is also lined with the delicious caramel so that you don’t have to worry about not having it once you finish the top. The nilla wafers add an awesome texture that you never normally get with ice cream. It was truly delicious. Next time I go I’ll probably create my own or go for the Monday Sundae, which is made with Nutella. This place is so much fun and you’d really be missing out if you didn’t stop in. Anthony Bourdain even christened it this weekend!