Norma’s is one of New York’s most popular breakfast spots, and its Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata is the world’s most expensive egg dish. Launched in 2004, the frittata contains six eggs and the meat of a whole lobster, and it’s sopped with a whopping 10 ounces of Sevruga caviar. It’ll cost you $1,000 (the menu goads customers with “Norma dares you to expense this”), but if you’d like to sample it with just one ounce of caviar, it’ll cost you only $100.
Perhaps America’s most famous super-expensive dish, Serendipity 3’s Golden Opulence Sundae was introduced to celebrate the New York restaurant’s 50th anniversary in 2005, and at $1,000 it’s listed by Guinness as the world’s most expensive sundae. What’s on it? Three scoops of Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla and covered in 23-karat gold leaf; chocolate syrup made with Amedei Porcelana, one of the world’s most expensive chocolates; chunks of rare Venezuelan Chuao chocolate; candied fruits from Paris; gold-covered almonds; chocolate truffles; marzipan cherries; a small bowl of unsalted caviar infused with passion fruit, orange, and Armagnac; and a whole lot of edible gold leaf.
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This isn’t just the most expensive burger in America, it’s the most expensive restaurant dish in America, period, served at Las Vegas’ Fleur by Hubert Keller. What exactly does a $5,000 burger look like? It starts with real wagyu beef, and it’s topped with foie gras and truffles. To gild the lily, it’s served with a bottle of 1995 Château Pétrus.
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Dubai is known for its ostentatious opulence, but this is slightly over the top. The most expensive pizza on Earth (and most likely the most expensive single dish anywhere on Earth) doesn’t sound much like a pizza; it sounds more like something Scrooge McDuck would cash in his savings to buy: This special pizza served at Pierchic in Dubai is topped with white Alba truffles, black Périgord truffles, Mogra saffron from Kashmir, foie gras from Gascony, Iranian Almas and Beluga caviar (soaked in Dom Pérignon for good measure), Japanese matsutake mushrooms, and two full ounces of edible gold leaves. The price of the components alone is around $125,000. Do any of those components actually taste good when eaten together? Who cares?
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With 48 hours’ notice, the folks at New York rooftop lounge 230 Fifth will sell you the most expensive hot dog on Earth. It starts with a brioche bun that’s toasted and slathered with white truffle butter, and the hot dog itself is made with black truffle-laced day-aged wagyu beef that’s been dry-aged for 60 days. It’s then topped with saffron-kicked organic ketchup, French Moutarde de Charroux, Vidalia onions caramelized in Dom Pérignon, 100-year-old balsamic vinegar, housemade sauerkraut braised with Cristal and studded with platinum Osetra caviar, house-made relish, and gold leaf.
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Barclay Prime is one of the best steakhouses in America, and its $120 cheesesteak , which has been on the menu since 2004, is actually a popular menu item. Why? Because it’s delicious, and is big enough to share with a couple friends. It’s made with Japanese wagyu New York strip and ribeye, caramelized onion, shaved truffle, and big chunks of foie gras, topped with a truffle-flecked mornay sauce, and it’s served with a split of Perrier-Jouet. It’s greasy, cheesy, full of flavor, and (so we’ve heard) worth every penny.
Serendipity 3 shows up a couple times on this list; this restaurant is nothing if not self-promoting. How does it make its $214 grilled cheese? Chef Joe Calderoni starts with bread that’s been baked with Dom Pérignon and piles on slices of super-expensive Caciocavallo Podolico cheese. Both sides of the bread are then brushed with truffle oil and white truffle butter and the sandwich is pressed until golden brown and melty. The edges of the sandwich are then coated in gold leaf, and it’s served with tomato and lobster bisque in a Baccarat crystal glass.
Master chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt is selling the most expensive chocolate truffle in the world from his shop in Norwalk, Connecticut. It’s made via a seven-step process and contains chocolate ganache made from 71 percent Valrhona dark chocolate, French Perigord truffle (or Italian white truffle if they’re not available), and truffle oil. If you want one for yourself (or for your significant other), you’ll need to order it at least five days in advance so Knipschildt can import the truffle.
This isn’t a restaurant dish per se, but it’s so absurd that we had to include it. Basically, cute cat-like creatures in Sumatra, Java, and Bali, called Asian palm civets, eat whole coffee cherries, and by the time the beans come out the other end they’ve been digested, so they have shorter peptide chains and more free amino acids. The beans are then cleaned, roasted, and brewed. Being run through a cat’s digestive tract supposedly makes the coffee taste better, but we’re not planning on testing it for ourselves. Due to the product’s rarity, if you can find a cup, you can expect to pay upwards of $90 for it.
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One of America’s finest restaurants, chef Josiah Citrin’s two Michelin-starred Mélisse, also happens to serve the highest-end version of what you can call macaroni and cheese anywhere on Earth. To prepare the dish a mound of fresh-made tagliatelle is topped with a creamy cheese sauce and a mound of fresh-grated Italian Alba truffles. It’s only available during white truffle season from October to December, and the cost varies based on truffle price.