Throughout their years living in New York City, Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint 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. With a playful attitude, Big Gay Ice Cream spins a new take on old-school soft-serve by creating fun and unique ice creams, toppings, and frozen treats that appeal to a diverse mix of clientele.

To help bring rainbow sprinkles and Salty Pimps to ice cream lovers year-round, the first Big Gay Ice Cream Shop opened in September 2011 in New York City’s East Village, followed by a West Village location in December 2012.

It all started with the Big Gay Ice Cream truck

In June 2012, Dessert Professional featured Big Gay Ice Cream in their 10 best ice cream parlors in the U.S. issue. Then in May 2013, The Daily Beast and USA Today ranked Big Gay Ice Cream as the #5 best ice cream parlor in the world – the highest ranked U.S. ice cream parlor on the list.

Their soft-serve has been called “awesome” by the press and The Village Voice placed Big Gay Ice Cream as one of “New York’s ice cream powerhousesnot only for what they do with ice cream, but for the ice cream itself." 

Douglas and Bryan: The Founders

Currently, Bryan and Doug are focusing on growing the Big Gay Ice Cream brand. In May 2015 they opened a new store in Philadelphia, their first outside of NYC. 2016 welcomed the opening of Shake Society, their smaller-menu kiosk concept that features milkshakes and soda floats. 

The pair finished their first cookbook. Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats: Going All the Way with Ice Cream,  published in April 2015 by Clarkson Potter. 2016 welcomed the opening of Shake Society, their smaller-menu kiosk concept that features milkshakes and soda floats. 

In spring 2017, they launched seven packaged ice cream pints flavors that are re-creations of some of the most popular flavors at the Big Gay Ice Cream shop.

RECOGNITIONS


USA TODAY
Best Ice Cream Parlors In The World
#5 Worldwide / #1 United States

THE DAILY MEAL
Top 101 Food Trucks (#3)
Top 5 Desserts — NYCWFF

12 VILLAGE  VOICE  WEB  AWARDS
Best Professional Twitter Account

CBS NEW YORK
10 Best Halloween Treats

RED TRICYCLE TOTALLY AWESOME AWARDS
Coolest Cold Treat — NYC

METROMIX
Best of Metromix 2012 (Ice Cream)

REFINERY 29
2011 11 Best Food Trucks in NYC

AM NEW YORK: THE HOT LIST
Best food truck turned
brick-and-mortar store

DAILY CANDY NYC
Best New Restaurants of 2011

METROMIX YEAR  IN  DINING  2011
Fave block of the year

REFINERY 29
2011 11 Best Food Trucks in NYC

2010 VENDY AWARDS
Nominee: Best Dessert Truck

KLOUT
2012 Top 10 Most Influential Food Trucks
2011 Top 10 Most Influential Food Trucks
2010 Top 10 Most Influential Food Trucks

NEW YORK MAGAZINE
2010 25 Best Food Trucks

MEN'S HEALTH
July/August 2010

Top 10 Best Street Eats In The Country (Salty Pimp®)

TIME OUT NY
Best New Street Treats 2010

2009 VENDY AWARDS
Nominee: Best Dessert Truck
Nominee: Best Rookie Truck

THE VILLAGE VOICE
2009 Best Street Food

NEW YORK PRESS
2009 Best Street Vendor

THE VILLAGE VOICE
2009 Runner-Up

10 Best Ice Creams & Frozen Treats

GOURMET MAGAZINE
8 Great Street Food Vendors

TIME OUT NY
2009 50 Things To Do When You're High

SERIOUS EATS NEW YORK
2010 People's Choice Awards: Best New School Food Truck

SERIOUS EATS NEW YORK
2009 Best New Food Truck


ALI FORNEY CENTER

Big Gay Ice Cream proudly supports the Ali Forney Center, which has been making a difference by rescuing homeless LBGTQ youth from the streets and placing them into safe environments since 2002. They are currently expanding their facilities to include the Bea Arthur Residence, an 18-bed residential supportive housing facility in the East Village. For more information, please click here.