Some days, the Terrace is enclosed by huge windows, but more often that not, the retractable roof is pulled back and you are sitting in open air in what feels like a rooftop garden.
Behold, The Cereal Bar
Terry sought to create something that was visually stimulating, artistic, and quirky. The cereal is constantly straddling the line between fancy and fun, with it's creative and unique design.
Look at all that CEREAL
Glass jars are used to evoke the feeling of a candy store. BEST CANDY STORE EVER.
Your menu, in a typewriter
There is a total of 20 cereals at at the bar, with new kinds being rotated in and out (at times seasonally: note the Strawberry Frosted Mini-Wheats). The cereals are cleverly categorized as "fun, kinda fun and not all that fun." Terry notes that at times the categorization can be difficult - sure Honey Bunches of Oats are awesome - but are they as fun as Fruity Pebbles?
Another expert touch is the table of mix-ins. Fresh strawberries, blueberries and bananas are there for the taking, but perhaps more unexpected is the addition of freeze-dried strawberries and blueberries. When included in fruit varieties of various cereals, they are often strange and too sweet - but they reach a whole new level of awesome added as a condiment to a bowl of say, Kix and Frosted Flakes. An even more unusual of an addition are the caramelized bananas. The texture is a little strange but the flavor is rich and decadent without adding too much sweetness. And of course, the little jar of colorful cereal marshmallow. It is mandatory to add them to every bowl.
Did you really think there would be just regular milk here? In addition to skim and whole, Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Strawberry milks are all displayed in glass bottles. Don't be fooled by their fancy appearance - these milks are made with good old store-bought syrup. "We once made a true gourmet strawberry milk by from fresh strawberries, but it was costing like, $20 a bottle; we aren't that fanatic," Terry explained. Rest assured, the syrups do deliciously fine.
To truly enjoy the Gramercy Terrace Cereal Bar, you gotta get creative with your combinations. Otherwise it would be like getting a scoop of vanilla at a make-your-own sundae bar. Certain combos work better than others. Dried blueberries somehow pair beautifully with Golden Grahams. And Crispix capture strawberry milk like no other. For a truly decadent combo, try Captain Crunch, Cocoa Puffs and Peanut Butter milk. Just remember: marshmallows go with everything.
We ate a lot of cereal that day
I dream of it often.