Restaurants across the country are jacking up prices tonight with mandatory prix fixe meals and champagne toasts all in the spirit of a happy new year. But one restaurant is taking that spirit to another level with an extravagant $10,000 dinner for two. Yes, $10,000.
Empire Steak House in New York City will be serving up a five-course feast for anyone willing to part with the measly 10k. "We were like, 'You know what? Let's make something special for the customers who can afford it,'" owner Jack Sinanaj said.
The dinner starts off with two pounds of Osetra caviar, followed by a salad of Merlot wine poached pears, goat cheese, figs and macadamia nuts in a raspberry vinaigrette. Next up is an intermezzo course of Chateau d'Yquem wine-which retails for over $300-and lemon sorbet. The main event is a surf and turf of wagyu steak pan-seared with Japanese matsutake mushrooms in a Port demi-glace sauce and South African lobster tail in a Cristal champagne sauce with white asparagus with black truffles. Last up is a three-layer chocolate tart with raspberries, gold leaf and Louis XIII cognac pudding.
But wait, there's more! Diners are also served a bottle of 2010 Château Lafite Rothschild, which retails for upwards of $1,000.
Three couples have already booked the dinner, according to Sinanaj, and they are in for an experience.
"People should book this dinner because it's a memory," he said. "You pay $10,000 and you're going to remember it."
The restaurant also offers two lower-priced options: an $89.95 per person meal until 9 p.m. and $250 after that, and there will be live Frank Sinatra music all night.
"A lot of customers ask how much of these ingredients we bought, and what will we do if we don't sell them?" Sinanaj said. "I say, 'it's okay, we're going to eat it.'"