Serendipity, New York City

3.5 out of 5 stars 31 Reviews

225 East 60th Street, New York, NY 212-838-3531

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    Serendipity: magical dont miss the frozen hot chocolate

    by jetset05 Updated Jul 26, 2005

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    serendipity at christmas

    This is a magical restaurant famous mostly for its deserts (a must is there frozen hot chocolate). This place has also featured in a lot of movies over the years including ,One fine day and serendipity to name a few.

    Favorite Dish: Frozen hot chocolate .

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    Serendipity 3: A Landmark Among Sweet-Toothed Tourists

    by baileyniko Written Jul 25, 2005

    Look sharp as you wander down the street looking for Serendipity - if you blink, you might miss it!

    It's a tiny shop tucked away among antique shops. You might feel like you're entering a hobbit's home as you have to step down to enter.

    The entrance is small and crammed with kitsch, from retro salt and pepper shakers and lunch boxes to frozen hot chocolate packets to make at home, chocolate-flavored lipsticks, etc. At least you have something to look at while you wait for a table, which can be at least 30 minutes and probably more like an hour. We made a reservation for a party of 6, but I'm not sure if reservations are limited to a certain number of people, etc. It might be worth a try, especially if you've got kids who will not be patient waiting!

    The atmosphere is that of a retro ice cream parlor. The building is really lovely in terms of its history and architecture. You can watch in wonder as the bustling servers make their way up and down a tiny, winding staircase balancing trays of giant ice cream sundaes for customers on the 2nd level! They are so busy that once they make it to your table, do not let them leave until you have everything you need - water, spoons, straws, napkins, etc. You might not see them again for a while!

    We ate lunch here as well, and the food was decent. Lots of "comfort" foods - soup, chicken pot pie, meatloaf, etc. Not the best of NYC, but certainly ok. Of course, one comes to this place for the desserts, so save some room!

    If you are just looking for a good ice cream place, then the long wait might not be worth it - go find a Haagen Daaz or Ben and Jerry's instead. But if want to visit a NYC landmark, say you had their signature dessert, and check out a cool retro eatery that's the spot for many movies and celebrity sightings, then check out Serendipity 3!

    Favorite Dish: Yes, yes, the frozen hot chocolate...go for it! You couldn't go to the Carnegie Deli and not order a giant sandwich, so don't miss out on the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity. It's cold but it's not ice cream, it's thick but it's not a shake, it's sweet but not too's quite diffferent from probably anything you've ever tried.

    Also delicious was the forbidden Broadway sundae :-)

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    Serendipity: This makes the crowds and the wait all worthwhile!

    by londonlover Written Jun 5, 2005

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    Trina can't wait to dig in!

    This is the main attraction and signature dessert here--the "Frrozen Hot Chocolate." (Yes, it's copyrighted that way!) It is also available as a Peanut Butter Frrozen Hot Chocolate, which is what everyone at my table chose. The base is a partially frozen hot chocolate blended with peanut butter, and in the middle of the gigantic parfair bowl is a huge dollop of sweetened, indulgent whipped cream. Top it all with chocolate shavings and let it drip over the edges, and you have a chocoholic's dream. It was truly amazing.

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    Serendipity: Check out the main courses if you come hungry!

    by londonlover Written Jun 5, 2005
    Goat cheese blue chip nachos

    Favorite Dish: I ordered an appetizer and a side as my light "entree" before dessert. Both were fantastic, including the blue corn chip "nachos" spread with goat cheese and served with salsa shown here.

    The smaller dish behind the nachos was my side of friend parsnips, which are delightfully crunchy and slightly sweet.

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    Serendipity: A tourist trap where it's worth being trapped!

    by londonlover Updated Jun 5, 2005

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    It's a long wait, but worth it!

    I planned my stop here in May 2005 with some hesitation. It seemed so heavily advertised and its website dropped celeb names so freely, I was afraid Serendipity was famous for the sake of being famous. How wrong I was! There was a reason the wait here around 4 PM on a Sunday (admittedly, a holiday weekend) was two hours...this place is fabulous!

    Basically everyone famous has been here, apparently! Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2005, Serendipity was/is an admitted favorite of icons such as Jackie Kennedy, Andy Warhol, Grace Kelly, Oprah, Cher, and just about every other celebrity out there.

    Favorite Dish: See my following tips. But it's all about the Frrozen Hot's one of those "so good, you want to cry" sorts of delicacies.

    However, the dinner menu has plenty of merit in its own right! I would advice a small main course if you intend to properly enjoy the giant desserts, though!

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    Serendipity: Not so Serendipitous for me!

    by Dabs Updated Feb 23, 2005

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    I read so many good reviews of Serendipity and their famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate that I wanted to make sure I tried this place. I didn't realize that they accepted reservations so I stopped by at 2 pm on a Monday thinking the wait wouldn't be so bad and after pushing my way through the throng of people both inside and outside, the host said there was a 1 1/2 hour wait! I asked him if there was any other time when the wait wouldn't be so bad and he said it was crowded from when they open to when they close.

    I rewatched "Serendipity", the movie with Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack as fated lovers and I had to laugh at the scene shot inside the restaurant that showed all kinds of empty tables!

    Well, I've never waited that long for any restaurant so I left still curious about that Frrrozen Hot Chocolate :-( But I sated my sweet tooth at a local bakery with a Napoleon, could the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate really be that much better???

    You can buy the frrrozen hot chocolate mix at the store or online but that just wouldn't be the same to me.

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    Serendipity 3: Sweet Serendipity

    by TRimer Updated Feb 15, 2005

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    From the Movie

    Now immortalized by the recent movie, this adorable little dessert place has been a NYC institution for years. Housed in an old brownstone, you walk into a little store selling everything from drink mixes so you can make your own serendipity hot chocolate to toys (ok, so the White Trash Doll was a bit weird). And of course they have the movie for sale on DVD.

    Don't even think of going on Valentines Day weekend. Average wait- 2 hours. But then you can put your name in and go to Bloomies in the meantime.

    Favorite Dish: The restaurant's signature is Frozen Hot Chocolate, a slushie version of everybody's cold-weather favorite. The "hot chocolate" is a slushy, mousse-like concoction consisting of fourteen types of chocolate and exotic cocoas, pillows of fresh whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. Other crowd pleasers include dark double devil mousse, celestial carrot cake, lemon icebox pie, and anything with hot fudge. They also have fairly good hamburgers and hotdogs but one really goes for the dessert.

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    Serendipity: Don't Miss this Yummy Experience

    by AliasGirl Written Aug 10, 2004

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    Of course, eveyone talks about the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate..because it's a must!

    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 its 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 and even a great date night. Visitors are also very welcome.

    Don't forget a stop at the store for a NYC Serendipity souvenir!

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    Serendipity: It was meant to be

    by moirholj Updated Feb 1, 2004

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    Frozen Hot Chocolate, a must-have at Serendipity.

    If you are the John Cusack fan that I am, then you are already familiar with this way cool eatery in NYC. The Serendipity Restaurant made history by being used as a location shot for the movie of the same name, Serendipity. I know the place was a hot spot before the movie came out, but now everyone knows about it so it can sometimes be difficult to even get in there. The wait is worth it though, so I certainly recommend going.

    A word to the wise: If you are planning on going on a Friday or Saturday night be prepared for a wait of, at the very least, an hour or more. That's insane, right? But it will be fine if you do what I do, which is get there, put my name in, and have a few beers at this dive bar down the street. By the time you've had a few drinks it will be time to go back and ask if your name has been called.

    Once you get in there you'll be happy you waited as you check out the funky, eclectic decor. Wild decorations give the whole place a Shabby Chic Cafe/Flea Market feel. Right up front by the hostess stand is a mini shop full of crazy little trinkets that have a total 'Serendipity' feel.

    There are two floors for seating, but upstairs is where the scenes from the movie were filmed. My favorite seat is upstairs, a table right by the front window. That way you can look out on the street, and the people below that are waiting to get in.

    This place isn't just all celebrity hype either. I think the food is great and rather reasonable for New York. The Seredipity staple however is a crazy dessert called the Frozen Hot Chocolate. And yes, it is both frozen and hot... don't ask me how they do it. This dessert is what Serendipity is known for and some people come here just to order dessert and nothing else.

    Favorite Dish: Of course, the Frrrrrrozen Hot Chocolate! It's a must have at least on your first visit.

    I've also ordered the Vegetarian Chilli which I really enjoyed.

    Also on the menu could be a celebrity sighting, as many famous New Yorkers have been known to frequent this establishment - Keep you eyes Open!

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Food and Dining
    • Family Travel

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    Serendipity: Have an Ice Cream Sundae at Serendipity restaruant

    by beaniezotzim Written Sep 30, 2003

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    Serendipity NYC

    Ah, Serendipity. This is the first place that my good friend took me to when I came out to visit her. We each ordered a coffee and shared a megs Sundae.. it was so tastey. I can't even remember what it was called, but it was big and yummy. you get to choose 3-4 ice cream flavors... oh my tummy grumbles just thinking about it.

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    by Dazzle88 Written Sep 3, 2003

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    Serendipity is a MUST if your visiting Ny. The restauant is known for their HUGE desserts, but they serve other food as well. The place is full of fun decorations, and always at least an hour wait, so its best to make rservations!

    Favorite Dish: My favorite dessert is the Strawberry Fields Sundae. Its a huge piece of cheesecake topped with ice cream, strawberry syrup, strawberries, and soo much more goodness.

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    The Great World of Desserts...mmmmm!: Serendipity

    by msison Updated Jul 24, 2003

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    Inside Serendipity

    Remember the movie "One Fine Day" and "Serendipity"..yoiu ladies should know. Well, this place does really exist.

    What a delectable array of desserts and I must say the portions are huge! I almost couldn't make it out of my seat!! hee hee Thank goodness I could walk to my hotel to digest all that I ate! The experience is wonderful.

    It was quite a wait but worth it!

    Favorite Dish: I have two favourites 1)there chocolate mouse 2)chocolate cake

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    Serendipity 3: Just like in the movie!

    by Chellabella Written Mar 17, 2003
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    Do you remember when John Cusack and kate Beckingsale(sp?) shared a frozen hot chocalte after grabbing the same pair of gloves at Bloomingdales, in Serendipity? Well, there is a restaurant with such a name and this is the place to have the huge cup o' frozen hot chocolate. Prices are high and space is limited, but the interior of Serendiptiy 3 is very sweet, complete with original Tiffany lamps. There is a min. $5 per person so don't look to share the $7-8 US frozen drink. The restaurant promtes itself as a family restaurants (they have jumbo hot dogs on the menu) but it takes a little to find it. I think we asked 5 people in the neighbourhood where it might be and each time we received different answers. To this day, I don't know the street addres, but suggest looking it up if you want a very yummy treat before skating.

    Favorite Dish: The Frozen Hot Chocolate.

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    Serendipity 3: Relive your childhood

    by SNEAKS Updated Feb 27, 2003

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    Enter Serindipity among it's many Tiffany style lamps and toys from the early 20th century. The restaurant and staff will make you feel like a kid again. Avg. Dessert $8, Avg. Entree $14 (skip the food).

    Favorite Dish: Enter this whimsical dessert parlor, skip dinner and order there famous 'Frozen Hot Chocolate'. The portion is so enomous, it is served with no fewer than 4 straws and a spoon.

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  • Serendipity III: Serendipity III

    by Yosemite_44 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Serendipity is frequented by many celebrities and it has been featured recently in the romantic comedy 'Serendipity' with John Cusack. The restaurant is funky with colorful decorations. Reservations are usually needed, but we managed to make a reservation for two hours later, so we had some time to walk around the city and then come back, Prices are fairly high, but no that absurd compared to other places in NYC. You can also go there if you only want a dessert, their specialty.

    Favorite Dish: Frrrrozen Hot Chocolate, Crepes

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