7. Serendipity 3 on East 60th Street

Serendipity 3, located on East 60th street, has been featured in several movies based in New York City, but most prominently in the movie whose name was inspired by the restaurant, Serendipity. The film, released in 2001, stars John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale and centers around the romance between two people who meet shopping at Bloomingdale’s Department Store and then share dessert at Serendipity 3 later that night. The restaurant is home to the two most important scenes in the film: the day the couple agrees to let fate decide their potential future in the beginning of the film, and the day they finally end up together again towards the end. Their table is in fact now known as the “Star Table.”

Serendipity 3 first opened in 1954 and was almost immediately popular. It brought in many patrons, including Andy Warhol before he was the artist he would become to be known by, due to its delectable desserts and unique recipes, like the Frrrozen hot chocolate. Over 60 years later, the restaurant is now home to the Guinness World Record holding dessert, the Frrrozen Haute Chocolate ice cream sundae, which holds the record for the world’s most expensive dessert at $25,000, as well as various other sweets and dinners that attract fans of Serendipity to New York City to recreate scenes from the movie.