New Yorkers have no problem dropping hundreds of dollars on lavish meals, but the price tag on one hotel’s new “luxury bagel” might leave even the most extravagant of diners gasping for air.
Chef Frank Tujague of the Westin New York at Times Square has created the $1,000 bagel, complete with Alba white truffle cream cheese and goji berry infused Riesling jelly with golden leaves. It’s a far cry from a schmear and lox, but how does one justify such excess? No need for guilt: All bagel sales will benefit Les Amis d’Escoffier Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to culinary arts students.
A day after New York City came up with a $1,000 bagel, a local restaurateur unveiled a $25,000 chocolate sundae on Wednesday, setting a Guinness world record for the most expensive dessert.
Stephen Bruce, owner of Serendipity 3, partnered with luxury jeweler Euphoria New York to create the "Frrozen Haute Chocolate," a blend of 28 cocoas, including 14 of the most expensive and exotic from around the globe.
The dessert, spelled with two Rs, is infused with 5 grams (0.2 ounces) of edible 23-karat gold and served in a goblet lined with edible gold. At the base of the goblet is an 18-karat gold bracelet with 1 carat of white diamonds.
The sundae is topped with whipped cream covered with more gold and a side of La Madeline au Truffle from Knipschildt Chocolatier, which sells for $2,600 a pound.
It is eaten with a gold spoon decorated with white and chocolate-colored diamonds, which can also be taken home.
"I wouldn't be surprised if soon we get a call from a Middle Eastern prince or Shah willing to give something sweet to his many wives on his next trip to the city," Bruce said.
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