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Posted by Kristi Shields on 08/18/2005
It's interesting that someone said you can't get dessert reservations only and that you have to make them way in advance. While staying with my friend and her husband just last week, we made reservations around 8 pm for a 10 pm sitting. Perhaps it depends on the time of day? Anyways, although I would not rave about the service, I was not treated rudely or made to feel rushed. We ordered dessert only and it was absolutely delicious...although I seriously recommend sharing if you're not eating it as a meal (which is fun too!). I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant simply because it was cute, crowded, and yet still quaint. I would recommend this as a place for dessert, but their food seemed a little overpriced and I was told it was only so-so. Have fun in NY and remember that indulgences such as dessert can be oh so fun!
Posted by hate2cook on 08/14/2005
wait nearly killed us. EVERYONE who visits us wants to try this place. unfortunately, the wait times are ridiculously long. Trying to make reservations ahead of time rarely seems to work because they take so few each day. I actually wonder if they only take them for VIP's. The food is over-priced, but the quality seems to depend on what you order. The veggie sandwich was not good, but the seafood pasta was flavorful and satisfying. I have also tried the frozen hot chocolate in every flavor they offer and every one is tasty. The wait staff has generally been rude and unhelpful. Why should they make any effort when they know people will come in regardless of their attitudes? After eating here, you will realize where all of the nasty new yorker stereo-types come from. Generally speaking, i recommend it for tourists who have the extra time to waste.
Posted by Minkett on 08/14/2005
I would like to start by saying that my sister was visiting from out of town and had made reservations for us three weeks ahead of time. Serendipity 3 does not allow reservations for dessert only, so we were obligated to have dinner too. The host was expectedly snooty, but in more of a flamboyant, self-centered way than the snooty hosts in other, more high-class establishments. We were seated right away due to the reservations. I am a vegetarian, the other two in our party were not. We had the cheddar nachos to start, which was not so good. We counted 14 chips and measured six teaspoons of grease in the bottom of the dish, which made half of the chips impossible to eat. My sister had the young chicken sandwich, which was literally pieces of chicken served dry atop a piece of toast. There was nothing "sandwich" about it. It was dry and flavorless. My fiance had the hot springs wings, which were flavorful but not at all spicy. I had tried to order a sandwich, sans turkey, but was told by the unpersonable waiter that I would be charged for the soda bread I wanted to try, even though I wasn't even getting any meat! So I passed, and ordered a small salad and fries instead. My salad was leaves in a bowl, nothing else, but was accompanied by a cup of dressing the size of my fist. The salad was so blah and wilted that I couldn't even eat it. The french fries were brown, overcooked, and translucent from soaking up the grease. We were all afraid that the frozen hot chocolate would be disappointing as well, but it wasn't. We could definitely taste the different flavors of several varieties of cocoa. It was large anough for all of us to share, and we did truly enjoy it. I would come back, but for dessert only. Two other things: our waiter never once checked on us, although we witnessed a different waiter checking frequently on his tables; and the music was this "aerobics class at the gym" style techno, which didn't even remotely fit the atmosphere and decor. I would recommend Serendipity 3 for dessert fanatics or tourists only.
Posted by phillyboy on 08/11/2005
OK, serendipity is by far my favorite place to eat in nyc. Although the lines are WAAAAY too long, it's definitely worth the wait. The food is great, and there's no humanly possible way to describe the desserts... can't wait till i go there again :)
Posted by Anonymous on 08/08/2005
So long as you have a reservation, this is a really fun night out on the town. The food isn't necessarily gourmet, but more comfort food, like foot long hot dogs and burgers. And the desserts are scrumptious! You'll definitely want to share some at your table.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2005
I've been going to Serendipity with my family since I was a kid, back when regular New Yorkers could still get in with a minimal wait. Last night I took my out-of-town boyfriend in for a taste, because I wanted to share the tradition. Well, we arrived at 8ish, and were told it'd be an hour and a half. We put our names down and went elsewhere to eat, coming back for dessert (tho the young chicken sandwich there is awesome). There were dozens of folks outside, but the maitre 'd wasn't bothering to go out there to call out names (he laughed about the customers missing their calls, actually). You had to wait in the crowded corridor if you wanted to be sure and get in. Anyhow, once we got in, I ordered my fav Forbiddon Broadway Sundae - chocoate cake smashed into a wonderful fudgey sundae, and my boyfriend went all out for the Cheesecake Vesuvius. The whole restaurant stared when it came - it was the size of an entire cake, mounded high with home made whipped cream, strawberries, etc, and with a crater full of fudge covering a chocolate mousse and cheesecake base. It was phenomenal! He had to put his head down on the marble tabletop after awhile, he'd eaten himself sick. We spent a ton of dough, but for a once in a lifetime over-the-top experience, it was terrific. Guess that's why so many tourists put it on their lists! For a meal, if you don't get the Young Chicken Sandwich, try the cream chicken crepes or the Virginia Slim sandwich, if you can stand to wait on Serendip's line.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/01/2005
Fun late night place for desserts. Overpriced desserts. Spent over $30 just for two desserts. My teenager likes to go there for the banana splits. I have not been impressed with anything I had but it is fun to go just because it is a quaint place. Staff seem hurried. Worth going to once.