Van Dyke Ice Cream
145 Ackerman Ave, Ridgewood, NJ
This past summer we’ve profiled a few of the top ice cream places (1) (2) (3) (4) in Northern New Jersey, but I’ve saved one of the best for last. Unless you’re a Ridgewood native or heard about it via word of mouth, you probably don’t know about Van Dyke’s. The reason being is its not anywhere near a highway or on a main street near other businesses — it’s smack dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Like, its a house on a residential street that serves home made ice cream. In fact, until somebody reminded me recently what the name of the place was and professed to know where exactly it was located, I hadn’t returned in nearly ten years.
Van Dyke Ice Cream is located on the intersection of Ackerman Avenue and Spencer Place in Ridgewood. There’s a small wooden sign in the parking lot which isn’t lit up at night — the place doesn’t advertise and basically looks like a residential house with a somewhat bigger parking lot than some of the other houses in the neighborhood. There’s really very little indication that it’s a business.
Van Dyke makes all its own ice cream on premises. The selection is limited to about a dozen different flavors at any time, but all of them are excellent.
A “regular” ice cream cone, Bailey’s Irish Cream with Chocolate Chips.
Strawberry with Chocolate Chips.