Celebrate the Return of Real Kobe Beef with a $350 'Orgasmic' Steak

Old Homestead Steakhouse is reportedly getting the first shipment of Japanese Wagyu beef after the 2010 ban
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Over the summer, the U.S. finally agreed to resume imports of beef from Japan, which means that soon you will be able to get real Wagyu Kobe beef stateside.

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.

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