A coffee shop in Brooklyn recently announced they would begin selling America’s most expensive cup of coffee. Even without this distinction, it’s no secret that the 1%’s favorite playground in the U.S. is New York City. And, for good reason. The city has some of the highest end luxury foods you can find, and if money is no object, read on for how you can really treat yourself this year.
$7 Dog Biscuits
While $7 won’t break the bank, it’s a pretty penny for a treat for your furry friend, though they come in a pack of 7. The foie-gras-infused dog biscuits from Bouchon Bakery in Columbus Circle are not intended for human consumption as they contain dog food, but your pampered pup with discerning taste will be sure to love them.
$18 Cup of Coffee
Extraction Lab in Sunset Park is the mystery location for America’s most expensive cup of coffee. The Ethiopian Arabica coffee beans are grown at extremely high altitudes in Panama and go for well over $100/lb. The coffee is ground to order, and then extracted through a $7,000 coffee siphon machine called the Steampunk, and served sans milk and sugar, of course.
Delmonico's Restaurant is the financial district has been serving fine food and drink to the Wall Street crowd since 1827. One of their tastiest and most expensive dishes, however, cannot be found on the menu. To procure these secret delights, sit in the bar room and order the $100 Wall Street Grilled Cheese. Sandwiched between thick brioche is L'Etivaz and Scharfe Maxx cheeses, 18-hour slow roasted, aged maple bacon, cured in-house, fig mustard, caramelized onions, and the pièce de résistance, black truffle shavings.
For an updated take on a steak and martini, opt for the Billionaire’s Flatbread ($150) made with Wagyu beef, Hudson Valley foie gras, lobster, mushrooms, black truffle shavings, mascarpone cheese and edible 24-carat gold-leaf shavings. Bull market, indeed.
$240 Sushi Roll
A typical sushi roll averages around $10 around the city, but at Kappo Masa, a humble roll will set you back $288. The Masa toro with caviar is an eight-piece tuna sushi roll with avocado, sushi rice, and a hefty topping of black caviar prepared by master chef Masayoshi Takayama himself.
$1,000 Ice Cream Sundaes
There are not one, but two $1,000 ice cream sundaes available in New York City. The first is the original masterpiece from Serendipity 3. The Golden Opulence Sundae is listed as the Guinness Book of World Records' most expensive dessert. Made from the finest Tahitian Vanilla ice cream, a collection of the world’s most expensive chocolates, almonds coated in gold, candied fruit from Paris, and Grand Passion dessert caviar, the extreme, over the top sundae is embellished with a handmade gilded sugar flower, chocolate truffles and finally, marzipan cherries. It is served in a $300 Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet along with a golden spoon, and diners are invited to take the goblet home as a memento of their experience.
The second sundae is the dreamwork of pastry chef David Zaquine of Bagatelle. While it lacks the amount of gold in the sundae, an 18k gold Carolina Bucci Lucky Bracelet is “served” alongside your dessert, and is yours to keep. The sundae is comprised of rich vanilla ice cream and Dom Perignon Rose sorbet, topped with chocolate truffles, macarons, whipped cream, chocolate vodka sauce, and gilded brownies.
A $1 slice simply won’t do for you. Instead, head to Industry Kitchen at the South Street Seaport, and order the 24K Pizza. The wood-fired pie is an international melting pot, topped with white stilton cheese from England, foie gras and black truffles from France, Ossetra caviar from the Caspian Sea and 24-karat gold leaves from Ecuador.
If you’re feeling a little guilty about spending a small fortune on junk food, fear not, 10% of the sales from every 24k Pizza sold will be given to City Harvest, an organization dedicated to rescuing food for New York’s hungry.
We’ve saved the most elaborate for last. At the Blue Bar at The Algonquin Hotel, you can purchase a $10,000 Martini. What makes the drink so expensive is its accoutrement, a diamond ring. Perfect for a truly memorable proposal, prior to popping the question, guests meet with the house jeweler from, where else, the Diamond District, to select the ring, and develop a custom gifting or proposal experience.