Before your eyes widen, please let me explain why I have called this post ‘Coward’s Split’ :) it’s actually a play on words, of the banana split they have at Serendipity 3 in New York City. I’ll explain in more detail in a sec ~ Still following Faith‘s recommendations, we decided to have dinner at Serendipity 3 to try their famous ‘Frozzen Hot Chocolate’, Faith had already warned me the savoury food were ‘mediocre’ and I completely agree with her. You can read her review here ~
It was a Tuesday night and I’d previously called to make a reservation but was told we can only walk in, we got there at around 7pm and was told there was a 45 minute wait :( We really wanted to try the desserts, so we walked around the block and spent some time at the Dylan’s Candy Bar around the corner :) For those who don’t know Dylan’s Candy Bar is a chain of candy store based in New York. For someone like me, it was basically HEAVEN!
After buying a mountain of lollies, we went back to Serendipity 3 waited for another 20 minutes before we got our table ~ sigh I usually hate waiting but for good desserts I’m willing to do anything :P
It’s no wonder we had to wait so long, because it is a relatively small store with only a handful large tables that would sit 4 to 6 people and another dozen of small tables for 2 to 4 people. By the time we sat down, we were all pretty cold and hungry :) so without even looking at the menu, we ordered two Frozzen Hot Chocolates :D
At first I didn’t quite understand why it was called a ‘Frozen Hot Chocolate’ and not simply an ‘Ice Chocolate’, but after tasting it, I finally get it :) It’s not just cold milk, crushed ice and chocolate syrup…it’s made just like a hot chocolate where the cocoa powder and milk is thoroughly mixed and topped with freshly whipped cream to create a rich and delicious Frozen Hot Chocolate ~ So I recommend sharing with someone if you want to have more food, because it can be quite filling. They actually sell the cocoa used to make the drink in packets but because I already had a lot of luggage I didn’t get it >_< but check out this video, this guy attempts to make the Frozen Hot Chocolate at home ~
Now to the savoury food, after studying the menu, Mr Bao, Mary, Kevin and I all agreed that the food offered were very typical all American diner type food.
We started off with a salad, I’m sorry but I’m not sure if this was called Serendipitous Chef’s Salad or Chicken Julia salad ($16USD), but it was basically a bed of greens, tomatoes, avocados and cucumbers topped with boiled chicken pieces and crushed almonds. It didn’t have much of a dressing so it was a little dry and the chicken was a little overcooked and kind of tasteless.
These hot spring wings AKA buffalo wings were nicely marinated with a good sauce, but unfortunately it was a little cold when it got to our table and the celery sticks had started to turn a brownish colour, suggesting that it has been left out for a long time.
We weren’t sure what to expect, it turned out to be a half fried and half-baked piece of chicken breath covered in a brand Madeira cream sauce which was a little too thick. Once again we had an issue with the chicken where it was overcooked and very bland…Mr Bao kept reaching for the salt and pepper :(
This was probably the worse dish…the chicken was basically the same as before, but this time it was covered in a super sour lemon dressing, it was so sour that I could barely eat it. But thankfully Kevin was able to withstand the sourness and ate a large proportion of the dish :)
Mary’s seafood fettucine was probably the best with the basil cream sauce and a few pieces of seafood such as prawns and mussels tossed through the pasta. We all liked this dish :) Good choice Mary!
I don’t know why…but I really liked the name of the omelette Eastside Western so insisted on ordering it…turned out to be an unexciting overcooked omelette with tomatoes, cheese, onions and peppers and ham.
So that was all the savoury food we ordered…I think ‘mediocre’ really is the best word to describe it, most of the food was either overcooked or tasteless :(
Now back to the ‘Coward’s Split’, even though the mains weren’t that appetising, my dear friends and boyfriend were so full that they wanted to ‘SKIP’ dessert and said the ‘Frozen Hot Chocolate’ was their dessert. I insisted! Because it’s just wrong! How can you ever ‘skip’ dessert :P To me it’s always desserts first! That’s when I noticed on the menu they had the Outrageous Banana Split $22.50 and the Coward’s Portion.
For once I admit I am a coward hahaha because even I can’t imagine eating the full size banana split myself. The coward’s size already had 3 large scopes of ice-cream – chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, a large banana cut in half, hot chocolate pecan sauce and topped with lots of whipped cream and glace cherries :) I don’t remember having so much ice-cream in such a long time and because of the chocolate pecan sauce, I have realised I actually like pecans~
I definitely recommend you going to Serendipity 3 for desserts or drinks, but not for their main dishes :)
And this will be my last New York post for a little while…I hope you’ve enjoyed these posts :D I’ve definitely enjoyed writing them but think it’s time to write about the other places I’ve recently visited~