New York City-based Serendipity 3 recently made its long-awaited DC debut. Its arrival should satisfy those who have pushed for the elimination of "ice-cream no man's lands" of more than 1.5 blocks in Georgetown. So far, there are lines out the door at peak times.
Serendipity 3's Red Velvet Cake Sundae is a chocolate ice cream sundae with a piece of red velvet cake on top. The cake itself was good; very moist with strongly flavored cream-cheese frosting. The fudge was also pleasing in quality and volume. The ice cream was average, which is disappointing for a place that specializes in dessert.
I ordered the Red Velvet Cake Sundae without the sprinkles and whipped cream. I think both of those elements are primarily visual, add little taste, and dillute and disrupt the flavors and textures that should be the showcases of a dessert. The sprinkles came anyway, and someone apparently removed most of the whipped cream after being reminded in the kitchen that it wasn't supposed to be there.
Serendipity 3's Red Velvet Cake Sundae deserves our good rating. The cake on its own would compare better in the cake category, but the sundae doesn't come close to challenging Papa Razzi's brownie sundae for DC's sundae crown. Based on this dish, this Serendipity 3 location is far from NYC standards, but we do salute it for being open late. We dislike dessert places that aren't open during peak dessert time.
3150 M St. NW Washington, DC 20007