John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale once met as strangers fighting over a pair of cashmere gloves in Bloomingdales, spent the whole day together ice-skating and asking each other their favorite sex positions, then finished up their evening by sharing an ice cream at Serendipity. No, that is not a really spectacular Tinder date. Yes, I am talking about the 2001 romantic comedy called 'Serendipity'. I can't help but cringle watching the trailer now 14 years later living in New York.
Cringey rom-com aside, I of course had to try and ice cream at Serendipity for myself. None of that sharing over a date shit, each to their own dessert please. Serendipity is insanely famous for a number of reasons. Besides a whole movie being named after the store, menu wise, they're known for their Frrozen Hot Chocolate. They also have the Guinness World Record for the most expensive dessert, the $1,000 Golden Opulence Sundae. It's drizzled in the world's most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porcelana, and covered in 23K edible gold leaf. I went for a sundae, obviously not that one, a regular off the menu. It was fine, it was big, not unlike sundaes I've had before.
How would I describe the interior? It feels like Alice from Alice in Wonderland grew up, is now 70, and if you popped around to her house this is the sort of food she'd serve you. The prices are expensive ($8.50 minimum), the wait is long (an hour and up), but if you are a solid ice cream fan then there's no arguing that you have to try it. Andy Warhol once called this place his favorite sweet spot, so you're in company if it becomes yours.
225 East 60th Street
Upper East Side