There is one thing that I find hard to do in the city if I'm just on my own - and that's trying new restaurants. Sure I can always check out new cafes, dessert places, bakeries etc. But to really experience a proper restaurant, you must go there with company. Part of enjoying the ambience of a restaurant is to have someone there you can share it with. Plus, you get to taste not just your own food, but also what the other person ordered! Selfish, but true.
Serendipity 3 (close to Bloomingdale's on the Upper East Side) has been on my list of must-try-at-least-once restaurants for a long time. I finally got the chance to go there for Saturday brunch recently with DH and two other guests. We got there 5 mins before they actually opened the restaurant, and there was already a line-up outside the door! Luckily, it wasn't too long and we were able to be seated as soon as the restaurant opened their doors. It was a lot smaller than I had imagined, but really cute and quaint! It's crammed with knick-knacks of all sorts ... tchotchkes out the wazoo! There's a lot of pink, a lot of Victorian-inspired furniture, some really bizarre pieces and definitely in the area of over-stuffed shabby-chic.
DH loved this Crepe with Creamed Chicken. It was scrumdiddlyumptious! Tasted a bit like chicken pot pie - and who doesn't love that?!
Finally, my favorite dish - Chili Omelette. Those southern flavors (chili, red onions, sour cream, toasted cornbread) are a great way to start the weekend morning right!
Verdict: Would I go there again? Yes! I enjoyed the experience overall. The noise level wasn't insane, so we could have a conversation in a normal tone of voice. Also, the check didn't damage our wallet too much. And definitely will be there before the restaurant opens at 11am on the weekend, because as we were leaving the line had gotten a lot longer, and so had the wait. Won't bother with the hot chocolate again, but will experiment more with the menu which had some interesting (albeit retro, but that's the whole point of this place) choices other than the brunch items, and all reasonably priced between $4 - $23. UNLESS you want to order the Guinness world-record-holding 'Golden Opulence Sundae' which will cost you a pretty $1000. No, that's not a typo.