Monday, May 30, 2011

Serendipity Comes to Washington

Manhattan institution Serendipity opened in Washington today, and our tweens were excited to attend the opening. We've been to the New York location several times during the holidays, but I have to admit that the crowds - and the lines - were a bit much.

The Georgetown Serendipity, however, blissfully has no lines and very manageable (read: light) crowds. The charm and kitsch of the New York location is still evident but with some Washingtonian touches: in addition to a giant Exxon Pegasus sign there is a larger than life statue of Abraham Lincoln sipping a signature Frozzen Hot Chocolate.

The new location is still working out a few service kinks (despite reservations there was a wait for our table and a Humble Pie Sundae was missing a few of the ingredients listed on the menu), but the owner, Rodrigo Garcia, was very gracious and apologetic for any troubles. Our tweens loved their Frozzen Hot Chocolates and were excited to have one of their favorite frozen treats closer to home.

The Washington Serendipity seems more like an old fashioned neighborhood ice cream parlor than a tourist destination, and we're hoping it stays that way. Serendipity is in the Georgetown neighborhood of the District in the former Nathan's location at the corner of M and 30th Streets NW. Unlike the NYC outpost, this location accepts reservations via Open Table, and a private party room will be opening soon upstairs.

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