8. Serendipity 3

Serendipity 3 dining room
The colorful interior of the classic Upper East Side restaurant.

Known for its extravagant desserts, Serendipity 3 serves up a delicious combination of lunch and dinner fare, gourmet sundaes, and soda fountain classics. Offering a playful and modern twist on drugstore sundaes, the restaurant opened in 1954 and is known for its Guinness World Record-breaking menu items such as the Golden Opulence Sundae, the Luxe Milkshakes, and the World’s Most Expensive Fries, which must be ordered in advance. The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate ice cream sundae holds the record for the world’s most expensive dessert at $25,000. It’s the perfect opportunity to indulge your sweet tooth and sample luscious twists on classic diner food. 

The lunch and dinner menu features Mexican and Chinese-inspired items such as nachos and chicken and lemongrass dumplings, as well as classic American diner food such as burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs. Their extensive dessert menu includes their famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, gourmet sundaes, and Belgian waffles. Those seeking a classic soda foundation experience can order traditional drinks such as Shirley Temples, Roy Rogers, and Arnold Palmers. A gourmet twist on a classic soda foundation, Serendipity 3 offers something for every taste palette.