What it is: At this celebrity hotspot in New York’s West Village, the food isn’t the whole point. What you’re really paying for here is the chance to see and be seen, particularly on a weekend night during the busy season.
And if you can afford it, you’re paying $125 for a crock of cheesy bliss. The truffle mac was originally concocted by chef John Delucie, who opened the place in 2006 with Graydon Carter and a handful of high-profile investors, and it has remained a stalwart on the menu with subsequent chefs.
What it is: This pizza pie features $820 worth of six different types of caviar. On top of the caviar rests two Maine lobster tails, because the lily needs to be gilded when you’re paying 1K for a pizza.
What it is: In Midtown Manhattan, those who power lunch have been known to pay a premium for fancy food. But back in January, Bice celebrated the New Year with a pricey pasta dish brimming with luxurious ingredients like lobster and black truffles, and a sizable portion of calamari and veal. The dish included a serving of chocolate mousse for dessert and gratuity, and diners got to keep the custom, gold-leaf Versace plate.
What it is: Housemade pasta with butter and parmesan, topped with fresh-shaved, over-the-top-expensive white truffle… Enough so you can have a bit of it in each of the eight or so bites on the plate. The entire dish is an appetizer portion for most people who actually eat.
What it is: This 8-inch pizza is topped with mozzarella di bufala, lobster from Norway and Cilento, and three types of caviar. It’s dusted with pink Australian salt collected by hand from the Murray River. Three of Renato’s chefs will prepare the pizza at your home in Italy and bring along limited-edition cutlery so you don’t have to use a plastic fork and knife.
What it is: Not your mom’s linguini: Domenico’s pasta bowl is steeped in shrimp bisque with tomatoes, saffron, anise, and parsley.