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Serendipity 3...worth it for a family for lunch/dinner?

Will be in NYC next weekend and had this place on a list of mine from a few years ago. Just wondering if anyone has been recently and if it is worth going to? Thinking of lunch or dinner so I can make a reservation and not wait in a long line since we'll have 3 kids with us.

Thanks so much!

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  1. The short answer is no.

    If the kids are small, one place where you can get them some ridiculous chocolate treats and a passable meal is Max Brenner. But for the adults, just have a hug mug of dark hot chocolate and eat elsewhere. The one on 3rd ave is right by St. Mark's Pl and some good Bahn Mi amoung other things.

    Another place that is better for all involved is Stand. Get the kids meals for the little ones and a shake if they want (Toasted Marshmallow is the best) and the adults can have drinks and even some decent food. They also have a small selection of some of the best gelato (il Laboratorio) in the city.

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    1. re: seal

      Agree that the short answer is "no, run!"

      Cannot agree about taking anyone to Max Brenner though. If the options were S3 and MB I would probably opt to go hungry since I wouldn't waste my money or time on either.

      Why not check out Jacque Torres instead? They also have much better quality chocolate and I believe an ice cream cart for the summer.

      1. re: windycity

        Sorry for the confusion, I realized belatedly that the longer short answer is: "no, run away!"

    2. i agree with seal. serendipity is not worth your time. too many good places in nyc to eat. let us know what, where and how much you are looking to spend. i'm sure CH can help.

      1. Thank you both! That was kind of what I though about Serendipity. A lot of hype over nothing.

        Will be in town for 3 days and need ideas for meals. WIll be staying at the Marriott Courtyard Midtown East (53rd and 3rd). Plan on doing the usual tourist spots and just looking for ideas for lunches and dinners. Pretty casual and reasonably priced (under $25 a person for dinner). Not picky eaters either. Any places you can suggest?

        Thank you again.

        1. I agree with the other posts. I've been to Serendipity 3 and it was terrible. The service was snotty and the food was mediocre. Only the price was high!

          Sorry, I don't know any good places for families with kids. I just want to steer you away from Serendipity 3!

          1. Serendipity is a tourist trap- plain and simple. Twenty years ago it was a fun, novelty, but not now. Even then, it was all about dessert, not food. Steer clear.

            If you want a fun place for sweets for your kids, you're close to Dylan's Candy Bar on 3rd Ave and 60th St. They have a website, so check it out.

            There have been a bunch of recent posts on places for lunch and dinner for families with kids.-- so a search of the site should produce plenty of results.

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            1. re: Ann900

              Thank you all!!! Will steer clear of Serendipity for sure!