Naturally, New York's Old Homestead Steakhouse is bragging that it'll be getting the "limited first shipment," according to Gothamist. To celebrate, they're pricing a 12-ounce Wagyu Kobe steak at $350.
Diners who shell out $350 for the steak also get a "specially inscribed plate that guests will get to take home as a remembrance of their expensive dining experience," Gothamist reports. That way, we imagine, high-rollers can brag to their friends about the time they got Kobe beef before anyone else could.
Imports of Japanese domestic beef halted in 2010 after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, but that didn't stop restaurants from tacking the Kobe label onto prime cuts of meat.
"Everyone’s been struggling with American Kobe and all kinds of Australian Wagyu," co-owner Marc Sherry told The Daily Meal. "This is the real stuff." Japanese Wagyu beef is known for coming from cows who are hand-massaged and fed a diet of soybeans, rice, and beer, resulting in a more marbled, fatty, and all-around delicious meat. Old Homestead will be receiving a shipment within the next week of shell steaks, the same cut as New York strip sirloins.
Sherry claims there's already a waiting list for the Kobe beef entrée, although the $350 price tag only includes the grilled (preferably medium-rare or rare) 12-ounce Kobe steak, and the plate. "Creamed spinach, garlic mashed allowed," Sherry said, albeit à la carte. "Any requests to make this into a Philadelphia cheeseteak or a panini or grounded up will be denied." We should hope so.