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Reviewed March 13, 2004   »   32avenue.com   |   justin-cheung.com     

Serendipity 3

225 East 60th St. - Upper East Side, New York City
Frrrozen Hot Chocolate | $6.50. You would think this is an oxymoron dessert, right? Frozen and hot at the same time? Well, based on pure, traditional English grammar, the dessert is aptly named - it's a hot chocolate that's been frozen, transformed into slush, topped with light whipped cream and chocolate shavings. This is what the movie-famed restaurant is known for, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. Comes in a huge portion that makes your eyes pop. A nice, light-tasting sweet dessert, that surprisingly doesn't feel heavy because even though it's a slushy dessert, it's still ultimately a drink in disguise. It still took me almost an hour and a half to finish it, though. Great dessert overall, highly recommended to try.

Ice Cream, A Dish | $5.50. This dessert wasn't as aptly named as the frrrozen hot chocolate since it was more of a parfait style dessert. Two scoops of your choice of ice cream (Butter Pecan and Strawberry are great choices), served in a pool of milk. The quality of the ice cream was quite good, creamy without being overbearingly sweet and heavy. Portions were pretty big. Above average dessert overall.

Conclusion: The restaurant was apparently immensely popular even before the movie Serendipity (which used the restaurant front) came out; now a pseudo-tourist hotspot, the waitlist grows to an hour long. However, if you ignore the host's advice to "come back in half an hour to check your place" and stay in the restaurant lineup instead, they'll jump you with priority seating; we ended up only waiting 20 minutes. Still, reservations are highly recommended. Be warned, they didn't film the movie on location, so don't expect the interior to look anything like the movie. One terrible aspect of the restaurant was the incredible hot temperature; my theory is they purposely made it hot so the ice cold desserts taste better. This is a pricier place to have your desserts (Banana Split was $17.50; Coward's Portion was $10.50) but the portions are so immensely huge, that you have to be prepared to share for at least two if not three, which balances out the value. Watching the desserts of other tables are as mouthwatering as ours were. Overall, for desserts, I absolutely loved this place. Great casual bistro-style ambience.

3.6

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