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New York, New York
October 31, 2013
St. Augustine, Florida
October 30, 2009
From journal Shopping in New York City
September 20, 2009
Los Angeles, California
August 12, 2007
There is a trick to getting service at Serendipity 3; don’t wait outside. The inside waiting is small so most people wait outside. The host tells everyone that there is an hour wait time, but she never goes outside to call people in. If you stay inside you can cut that hour down to about 10-20 minutes.Although the name may seem odd (it pays homage to the three people who started the restaurant also known as the Serendipity 3) this isn’t your average popsicle stand. Located in a basement on East Fifty-Eighth Street everyone from Bill Clinton to Andy Warhol has eaten here.Serendipity is a hodge podge of items. The inside looked appropriate for the Mad Hatter to have his tea party there. Stain glass lamps hung from the ceiling and white marble taps were crammed into the building. Shelves near the register are packed with interesting knickknacks such as cookie monster cookie jars, action figure dolls, and books of all kinds.
It isn’t just the interior that people come for but the food. After being seated the host will hand you a menu over a 1-½ foot high. Most people come for the ice cream, which are more than enough to feed two people. Their drug store sundaes are three huge scoops. I split the Forbidden Broadway Sundae with my grandmother, and we both agreeded that it was one of the best sundaes we had ever had. It consisted of chocolate Blackout cake, which was still warm, next to vinella ice cream and topped with hot fudge. The only complaint was the whipped cream. It was very sour. Almost like it went bad. We weren’t the only table taking it off. The sundae cost $13.50. We also decided to split an entrée, The Alamo. I had some reservations about this black beam burger, but it was a wonderful pleasant surprise. The burger tasted unlike anything that I had before. It was almost like a cross between a hamburger and refried beans. I also highly recommend adding the picante salsa and the sour cream. The Alamo was only $10.Serendipity 3 offers a wide variety of food besides the ice cream that is famous for, such as Lemon Chicken, Cheddarburger, and Chicken Nachos. Regardless of what you get you’re guaranteed a delicious twist on old favorite.
From journal New York, New York
June 25, 2007
From journal New York
Bloomfield, New Jersey
January 11, 2005
S3 has been featured in movies and is a quirky must-see for any movie fan, even if you can't actually get in.
From journal Things to Do in NYC Before You Die
by Alias Girl
August 25, 2004
I just visited and it was delicious! (August 2004) The wait to get in may be long at times, especially Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, but it's well worth it! Not only are the desserts delicious to the mouth and tummy, but the decor is pretty to the eye as well.
It's a fun place for a girls' night out, a family evening of chaos or even a great date night. Visitors are also very welcome.
Don't forget a stop at the store for a NYC Serendipity souvenir!
From journal New York City
August 8, 2004
Other titillating and tempting concoctions offered include:
Big Apple Pie Chocolate Blackout Cake
Raro Pecan Pie
Dark Double Devil Mousse
Celestial Carrot Cake
Creme de la Creme Cream Cheese Cake
The Ultimate Creme w/hot fudge and strawberries
Cheese Cake Vesuvius
YuDuFunDu Fruit and Fudge Outrageous Banana Split
Other luscious frozen drinks include: Frrrozen Hot Chocolate
Peanut Butter Frrrozen Hot Chocolate
Frrrozen Pineapple Lime
From journal Start Spreadin' the News - I Love New York!
April 9, 2004
I decided on a hot dog. It was a foot long that was grilled, but I've honestly had better from street vendors. The service was slow, and the food was just average.
For dessert, I decided to try this infamous frozen hot chocolate. I saw it on the Food Network, and it is supposedly the reason that Marilyn Monroe loved this place. Honestly, what I got was chocolate milk with ice. I didn't think it was good at all.
The only reason I can imagine anyone might enjoy this place is its historical value. It looks like an old fashioned ice cream parlor right down to the tables and chairs. There are photos on the wall of New York history and of different celebrities eating there. That was pretty cool. But if you come, plan on spending a lot of money for food that is Burger King quality at best. What I ate was $30 with tip for one person. That alone might make it not a family friendly restaurant, and it certainly isn't a wallet friendly restaurant. Your taste buds probably won't find it too friendly either, so unless you just can't resist this tourist trap, choose another restaurant.
From journal My Trip to the 2003 World Series
Wickford, United Kingdom
January 8, 2002
From journal New York - Defiant after 9/11