Do you know the history of Serendipity 3? The origin is really amusing. From one tiny place in midtown Manhattan in the 1950s, they now have multiple locations, including a prime spot on Lincoln Road in Miami’s trendy South Beach.
I, of course, knew of the restaurant from living in NY although I never went there. When they recently opened in South Beach, the buzz around town was good — so I was happy to receive an invitation from their PR person to have lunch there.
First off, it’s a visual treat – whimsical (you all know how I like whimsy). Everywhere your eyes wander, there’s something interesting to look at from the many Tiffany light fixtures to settees to Alice in Wonderland-like art. Ice cream parlor tables and chairs outside and in the center while the walls are lined with attractive, upholstered banquettes.
The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and a varied menu with something for everyone. While I normally go for the healthier choice, I threw caution to the wind and tried a couple of the dishes they’re famous for. But, I hung on to a modicum of moderation. We shared.
When one of my friends heard I was going to Serendipity 3, she said “you must have their chicken & waffles!” So I did.
And this is what they’re best known for … desserts!
Serendipity 3 is definitely a fun spot. It’s no wonder the brand has lasted so long. And, it’s not just for families and desserts. A large full-service, sit-at bar is always an attractive lure for adults — and this one has a very nice wine list and specialty cocktails. Note: food portions are generous and best shared. Even shared, we left with a shopping bag of leftovers.