Eat Snap Repeat Around the WorldBack to New York City for another installment of ESR Around the World.

Serendipity 3, opened in 1954 and located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, is a famous dessert restaurant.


Serendipity 3’s claims to fame include:

  • Being the first coffee house boutique in New York City
  • Being a favorite hangout for famous celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, and first lady Jackie-O
  • It’s huge collection of Tiffany glass lampshades
  • Holding the Guiness World Record for the most expensive dessert ever created: the $25,000 Frrozen Haute Chocolate
  • Home of the world-famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate


Serendipity 3, however, has been infamous as of late since it was shut down (temporarily) last year by health inspectors on the grounds of rodent and pest infestation. Eww! Help avoid running into that here by checking out the list of Vancouver restaurant closures.

Despite the rats and roaches, I still wanted to try out this world-famous restaurant. After all, they have supposedly cleaned up their act. Serendipity means discovering something great when you least expect it. So, hopefully I wasn’t about to discover a rat in my first order, a Strawberry Fields Sundae ($13.50)…


Nope! No rat here! Just a ginormous and seemingly endless bowl of fresh strawberry ice cream, whipped cream, big plump strawberries, and huge chunks of authentic New York cheesecake. I’M STILL PRETTY HYPER FROM THE INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF SUGAR IN THIS SUNDAE.

Next up, their famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate ($8.50).


Would I make a trip to New York City just for this drink? Nope.
But was it good? Yup.

I was having a difficult time imagining exactly what a frozen hot chocolate would taste like. How can something be frozen and hot at the same time? Would it not just be… cold chocolate milk? Thankfully, it wasn’t. It tasted like an intense chocolate smoothy, saturated with tasty chocolate shavings, and topped with whipped cream. $8.50 might seem like a lot to pay for a cup of hot chocolate, but this cup is huge and could easily be shared between 3 or 4 friends.

The environment is pretty cool, especially if you’re into Bohemian style. The Tiffany glass lampshades were certainly whimsical and fit in with the whole “Serendipity” theme I suppose. Most importanly, I did not see a single cockroach or rat. Then again, I did not see a single Marilyn Monroe either.