What You'll Get at Your $650 Dinner Tonight
Fancy restaurants still charging a bundle for New Year's Eve
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2009 12:41 PM CST
Duo of veal at Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia.   (©Burger Baroness)
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(Newser) – Despite the still-grim economy and a recent British survey finding 80% of people plan to spend New Year’s Eve at home…one New York restaurant is still charging $650 for tonight’s prix fixe menu. Salon takes a look at what going extravagant might get you tonight:

  • Aureole, New York: For $650, a five-course meal including big-eye tuna sashimi, chestnut ravioli, Canadian lobster, and New York strip loin.
  • Daniel, New York: For $595, a five-course tasting menu (no details on the food), live music, dancing, and a champagne toast.

  • Charlie Trotters, Chicago: For $350, a menu including black truffles, Osetra caviar, and premium Japanese beef. Add on $175 to $250 for the wine pairing.
  • L'Espalier, Boston: For $195, a three-course meal plus dessert and amuse-bouche. The menu includes milk-fed organic pig, beef tenderloin with foie gras potato gnocchi, and potato-crusted escolar with French Osetra caviar.
  • Le Bec-Fin, Philadelphia: For $145, courses including Kumamoto oyster with American caviar, truffle-stuffed turbot, and Colorado rack of lamb.
For Salon’s interview with an expert who explains the prices, click here.