Serendipity Tastes as Good as the Movie Felt
For all my rom-com fanatics, you already know the significance of New York City's Serendipity III. Sara Thomas (Kate Beckinsale) and Jonathan Trager (John Cusack) meet at Bloomingdale's where they luckily grab onto the same pair of gloves. After some flirtatious banter, the two decide to get to know each other better over frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity. In a serendipitous act, after they part ways, they both realize they left something at the ice cream shop and upon their return, they find one another again. The film utilizes the idea of fate and of course, serendipity, to bring people that are meant for each other together. Being that Serendipity has always been one of my favorite movies, I made a promise to myself that I would one day have frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity III.
Over the weekend, I finally made the trip to the infamous restaurant located at 225 East 60th Street. Despite the film, which utilizes the restaurant as a main character, Serendipity III has been featured in several other films. In fact, Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol were just a few of the high-profile patrons of this quaint little store. So, you could only imagine my excitement to go to this NYC icon. When you first walk in, there is a small store where they sell souvenirs, stuffed animals, their frozen hot chocolate mix and so much more! I put my name down, and the hostess told me it should be about an hour and a half wait. I know what you're thinking. That's too long of a wait, right? But to me it was worth it. During my hour wait, I went to Bloomingdale's down the block to get the full effect of the movie (I'm a nerd). Being a broke college student, of course, I did not buy anything, but trust me, I wanted to. The hour passed quickly, and before I knew it, we were being seated. Unfortunately, I sat downstairs under a staircase, but I didn't mind because I was there and the wait was over.
We would have loved to order their opulence sundae, which was featured in The Guinness Book of World Records as the world's most expensive dessert, but it was priced at $1,000. This sundae is wrapped in an edible gold leaf and served in a crystal goblet, and you must order it 48 hours ahead. I am not sure who has the money to spend that on a sundae, but more power to you if you do. My mom and I opted for a more modest order of one frozen hot chocolate from their extensive menu.
Serendipity III also has many lunch and dinner options, but it was time for the main attraction: the dessert. The wait staff was very kind, and our dessert came out quickly. The frozen hot chocolate was delicious! It was so rich in chocolaty goodness and big enough for two people to share. Compared to many NYC restaurants and their opulence sundae, our chocolate drink was pretty reasonably priced at $10.50.
If you are a lover of the movies and a sucker for charm, Serendipity is just the place for you. It is a long wait, but if you have good company with you it goes by quickly. I simply love this little place because of its name and rich history. After dining here, you are sure to become a believer in life's serendipity. Who knows? Maybe you'll even meet your own Jonathan Trager and fall in love!
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