There are those restaurants and bars you choose when you’re celebrating. And then there are the ones you choose when you’re really celebrating — like when you seal a major deal (or hit the PowerBall) and you seriously need to make it rain. When you’re in the market for some over-the-top indulgence, try one of these five crazy spendy dishes and drinks from restaurants and bars around the country. (And when you’re done, obviously, snap a picture of the bill for your Insta feed!)
“Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata,” Norma’s
Norma’s restaurant within New York’s Le Parker Meridien hotel offers the ultimate hangover food when money is no object. The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata is like a regular diner omelette… except it’s packed with lobster tail and 10 ounces of caviar and it costs $1,000. (For a scant $100, you can have the same dish with one ounce of caviar.)
“Golden Opulence Sundae,” Serendipity 3
New York’s Serendipity 3 holds the Guinness record for the “world’s most expensive sundae.” Served in a Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet with an 18K gold spoon, the dish consists of three scoops of rich Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla beans, covered in 23K edible gold leaf, drizzled with Amedei Porceleana chocolate, and covered with chunks of rare Chuao chocolate. It’s all is suffused with exotic candied fruits from Fauchon in Paris, gold dragets, and chocolate truffles. Topping it all off is a tiny glass bowl of Grande Passion caviar, which is salt-free, sweetened, and infused with fresh passion fruit, orange and Armagnac and served with a petite mother of pearl spoon and topped with a gilded sugar flower. The $1,000 masterpiece is served by appointment only.
Glenlivet 70 Year, The Talon Club
What happens in Vegas can bankrupt you — if you find yourself with a credit card in the Cosmopolitan’s exclusive, high-end gaming room The Talon Club after hours. The intimate 9,500-square-foot gaming area is done up like a speakeasy for a modern high-stakes gambler, with a set of scotch lockers, a humidor, polished brass bars, tufted club chairs and distressed leather Chesterfield sofas, and wine bar. A vast list of scotches and cognacs includes Glenlivet 70-year-old scotch… at a whopping $5,000 for a one-ounce pour. (So don’t spill.)
“Billionaire Bijou,” Wink & Nod
Boston’s Wink & Nod bar prepares its cordials, fresh juices, and infusions in house, from scratch, every day. So that means even the $13 gimlet is a pretty reliable bet — but it hardly awes a date like the bar’s Billionaire Bijou, which comes in at a cool $100. It includes Nolet's Reserve Gin, Punt e Mes, Chartreuse VEP, and saffron bitters.
“Hutchinson A5,” Hutchinson’s Cocktails and Grill
Billed as one of the most expensive steaks on the Los Angeles food scene, the Hutchinson A5 is a $180 six-ounce portion of Waygu steak. The cut is sourced from the Guma prefecture in Japan, where the high elevation produces the superior-quality marbling. General manager Cory Eckstein said of the dish, “Our guests have found it to be a euphoric, almost transcendental experience.”