Carved into the tall cliffs of the Palisades off the Hudson River, Café Archetypus is a hidden gem in Edgewater, NJ. If you’re like me and are always looking for a totally unique place to go to for dessert, this place is definitely worth the trip. The inside of the restaurant resembles a dimly lit, peaceful cave. Upon entering, guests are welcomed and asked if they would like to wait for the back tables. Never having been there before, I wondered what the difference was and decided to wait. Turns out I made the right decision! The tables in the back of the café are in their own private grottos and are built into the walls themselves. It was super cool – and would make an awesome spot for a date night.
I was so impressed by the special ambiance of Archetypus that I barely glanced at the menu by the time our waitress came to take the order. When I did take a look, I was a bit overwhelmed: everything sounded so delicious, and the wafts from the kitchen didn’t help my grumbling stomach! I didn’t order dinner, which is my only regret. I decided to go with dessert instead – there are so many choices for every sweet tooth! The menu features all kinds of hot and cold drinks, with everything from individual tea pots to fresh fruit smoothies and specialty coffees.
Trying to decide what I was in the mood for was the hardest part! Did I want the Chocolate Raspberry Sin or the Black Russian Desire? Everything sounded like pure decadence! I opted for the Oracle sundae. It was a bit of a spurge at $10.95, but it was more than enough for two people. It was arguably the best sundae I’ve had in years: loaded with crushed Oreos, the Oracle had two heaping scoops of creamy mint chocolate chip and vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and dollops of whipped cream. TO. DIE. FOR. The sundae was so big they served it in what kind of looked like a mixing bowl. I ate every last bite, and even enjoyed the onset of my sugar coma post binge.
We also tried the PB Cocoa Circus Pie, which is definitely a hit with peanut butter lovers. It’s an indulgent dessert with rich chocolate mousse, vanilla and chocolate ice cream and peanut butter and caramel sauce topped with chocolate shavings. Totally worth every calorie! There are other interesting combinations as well, like the Zipachna sundae, which has chocolate and green tea ice cream with crystalized ginger and chipotle fudge. The menu says it’s pretty spicy, but it can be made “unspicy” as well for those who can’t handle the heat.
Archtypus is definitely a place worth trying for a fun date or even just for a night out with the girls. My advice: don’t skip dessert! The café is also available for private parties with a maximum capacity of 100 people.