Even if I had just won the lottery, I would never spend more than $20 on junk food for myself. Even if it has gold flakes or whatever. Some of these recipes are truly ridiculous for the price. The one good one is the hot dog, whose proceeds went to charity when 5 of them were sold at a local fair.
The country’s most expensive pizza can be found at Nino’s Bellissima Pizza in Manhattan. A mere 12 inches in diameter, it’s topped with crème fraiche, Maine lobster tail, $820 worth of caviar (six different kinds, including Beluga and a Black Russian Royal Sevruga), chives and wasabi paste.
Found at Serendipity 3 in Manhattan, “Le Burger Extravagant” isn’t your typical hamburger. The bun—a campagna roll – is dusted with gold specs, spread with white truffle butter, and topped with blini, crème fraiche and caviar from Quzhou, China. Inside the bun, you’ll find Japanese Wagyu beef that’s infused with 10-herb white truffle butter and topped with black truffles, fried quail egg, and James Montgomery cheddar cheese from England that’s been cave-aged for 18 months. Oh, and it’s all held together by a solid-gold, diamond-encrusted toothpick – to pick those gold specs out of your teeth.
Serendipity 3 in New York City. Its “Golden Opulence” dessert comes with three scoops of Tahitian vanilla ice cream made with Madagascar vanilla beans and chunks of Venezuelan Chuao chocolate. It’s then drizzled with melted chocolate from Amedei Porcelana, and topped with candied fruits, gold-covered almonds, chocolate truffles, marzipan cherries, and… Grande Passion caviar (on. ice. cream). The garnish, however— a 23-carat edible gold leaf—is really what puts the dessert over the top. And it’s all served in a Baccarat crystal goblet (yours to take home) with an 18-carat gold spoon (which, unfortunately, will cost you extra).
If I'm eating a thousand dollar hot dog, I'd like it to at least look the part.