$200 french fries offer ‘escape’ from reality…while killing your budget

The Federal Reserve chair, always on the look-out for signs of inflation, might want to drop by Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where a $200 plate of french fries stretches the definition of haute cuisine.

The restaurant Serendipity 3 already claims world records for the most expensive burger ($295) and ice cream sundae ($1,000), so if the question is, “You want fries with that?” its answer is a resounding yes…

The Crème de la Crème Pomme Frites start out as Chipperbec potatoes. They are blanched – or scalded – in vinegar and champagne. Then they fry in pure goose fat, not oil, and not once but twice, so they are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

Sprinkled with edible gold and seasoned with truffle salt and truffle oil, they are served on a crystal plate with an orchid, thin-sliced truffles, and a Mornay cheese dip. The sauce, too, is infused with truffles…

Like many restaurants, Serendipity was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and Calderone and Schoen-Kiewert thought the fancy fries would be a good way to announce its return.

It’s working. There is an eight- to 10-week wait list for the fries.

No. My name ain’t on that list.

6 thoughts on “$200 french fries offer ‘escape’ from reality…while killing your budget

  1. Ruling class says:

    “In order that a select few might live in great opulence, millions of people work hard for an entire lifetime, never free from financial insecurity, and at great cost to the quality of their lives. The complaint is not that the very rich have so much more than everyone else but that their superabundance and endless accumulation comes at the expense of everyone and everything else, including our communities and our environment.”
    Michael Parenti, “Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism”

  2. Working stiff says:

    Sharing the Wealth : A five-part editorial series examining the growing wealth gap in America — and how to fix it. (Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/07/16/sharing-the-wealth/
    The United States is an exceptional nation in many ways — including its immense gap between the very wealthy and everyone else. The wealthiest one-tenth of Americans own almost four-fifths of the nation’s wealth. The bottom 60 percent of the population hold only 2.4 percent. It’s not that way in other developed nations.

  3. Madame Defarge says:

    Carolina Panthers owner / hedgefund billionaire David Tepper spent $43.5 million to buy his former boss’s mansion just so he could raze it and build a bigger one in its place https://www.nj.com/essex/2015/09/njs_richest_man_razes_corzines_ex-wifes_mansion_builds_bigger_mansion.html
    Tepper bought the home he tore down from Joanne Dougherty, the former spouse of ex-Gov. Jon Corzine . Reportedly Corzine once passed over Tepper for a promotion at Goldman Sachs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Corzine
    According to Forbes Tepper’s current net worth is 15.8 billion USD

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