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10 of New York's Most Expensive Whale Bait Dishes

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12122212whale12342008_10_hasmaps%20%281%29%20%281%29%20%281%29.jpgWhales love plunking down cash for caviar-topped, lobster-stuffed, truffle-crusted novelty dishes, and thankfully, there are plenty of these creations on menus throughout New York City. Here's a map of 10 extremely expensive Whale bait dishes. Steaks, lobsters, and Dover sole fillets have been left off this map, although Whales love those things too. And for a glimpse at Whale bait dishes from other cities across America, check out Eater National's map from earlier this week.


— Marguerite Preston

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Bellissima Pizza at Nino's Bellissima Pizza

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890 2nd Ave
New York, NY
(212) 355-5540
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You won't find it on their written menu, but call in advance and you can reserve the Bellissima Pizza, a $1000 personal-sized pie. The pizza comes topped with creme fraiche, chives, lobster and six different kinds of caviar ($820 worth of it total). There's no getting cold feet either: the restaurant requires a $500 deposit when you call to reserve your Bellissima Pizza. [Photo: Nino's]

2. The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata at Norma's

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119 W 56th St.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 708-7460
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The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata doesn't actually cost a zillion dollars, but it will set you back $1000 for this brunch dish made with six eggs, a whole lobster, and 10 oz. of caviar. If you're feeling stingy (or just a little less hungry), you can also get a version with only 1 oz. of caviar for $100. [Photo: Facebook]

3. The Golden Opulence Sundae at Serendipity 3

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225 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 838-3531
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One more $1000 novelty dish: The Golden Opulence Sundae. Instead of lobster and caviar, the price tag on this one comes from the flakes of 23-carat gold leaf that are sprinkled on top. Besides that, the three scoops of single-source Tahitian vanilla ice cream are also covered with chocolate syrup made from one of the world's most expensive chocolates, candied fruits, chocolate truffles, marzipan cherries, gold-covered almonds and golden sugar paste flowers that can take up to 18 hours to construct. Since the ingredients are flown in from all over the world, the restaurant requires 48 hours notice to order the Golden Opulence Sundae. [Photo: Facebook]

4. Peking Duck with Kaluga Caviar at Hakkasan

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311 W 43 St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 776-1818
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At the Times Square outpost of this high-end Chinese chain, you can order Peking Duck with Kaluga Caviar for $295. The dish, which comes with a whole duck and 16 pancakes, appears to be a lot like the regular Peking Duck, except with a bowl of 30 oz. of caviar on the side. [Photo: Foodspotting]

5. The Tuna and Caviar Roll at Bar Masa

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10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
(212) 823-9800
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As Eater National notes, Bar Masa, the somewhat more casual counterpart to New York's most expensive restaurant, serves an eight piece roll that will run you $240. The sushi is made with fatty tuna and lots of caviar. That's $30 per bite of sushi, for those keeping track at home. [Photo]

6. White Truffle Tagliolini at Nello

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696 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(212) 980-9099

Much has been made of the extravagant prices at Nello, where even a water will cost you $12. But the top of the list is the white truffle tagliolini. The restaurant lists it only as "market price" on the menu, but this pasta with butter, parmesan and lots of white truffles will set you back about $275. [Photo: @adrianathereal]

7. The DB Burger Royale at db Bistro Moderne

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55 W 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 391-2400
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Boulud's most expensive creation is also one of his most delicious. The priciest burger at DB Bistro Moderne is made with a shortrib and sirloin patty that's stuffed with foie gras and layers of black truffles. Available for $70 or $140, depending on the amount of truffles you want. A $30 version is also available without the truffle-overload. (Photo)

8. The Lamb Chops at The Four Seasons Restaurant

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99 E 52nd St.
New York, NY 10103
(212) 754-9494
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The Four Seasons wins out when it comes to sheer number of dishes over $50. There are in fact four different entrees that cost $65, but of those the most outrageous for the price is probably the lamb chops, which come with a barley-root vegetable stew. [Photo: Yelp]

9. La Moules Magnifique at Le Bistro d'à Côté

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1590 1st Ave
New York, NY 10028
(212) 772-9200
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For $59, Le Bistro D'a Cote serves La Moules Magnifique, a luxury version of moules frites. The mussels are prepared with vanilla poached lobster tail, Berkshire pork lardons, and saffron beurre blanc, the fries are tossed with truffle oil, and you get a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with your order. [Photo: Yelp]

10. Langoustines with Risotto at Il Mulino

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37 E 60th St.
New York, NY 10022
(212) 750-3270
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There are plenty of expensive dishes on the menu at this beloved and clubby Italian restaurant, but near the top is the Langoustines with Risotto, for $55. [Photo: Luxury Experience]

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1. The Bellissima Pizza at Nino's Bellissima Pizza

890 2nd Ave, New York, NY

You won't find it on their written menu, but call in advance and you can reserve the Bellissima Pizza, a $1000 personal-sized pie. The pizza comes topped with creme fraiche, chives, lobster and six different kinds of caviar ($820 worth of it total). There's no getting cold feet either: the restaurant requires a $500 deposit when you call to reserve your Bellissima Pizza. [Photo: Nino's]

890 2nd Ave
New York, NY

2. The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata at Norma's

119 W 56th St., New York, NY 10019

The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata doesn't actually cost a zillion dollars, but it will set you back $1000 for this brunch dish made with six eggs, a whole lobster, and 10 oz. of caviar. If you're feeling stingy (or just a little less hungry), you can also get a version with only 1 oz. of caviar for $100. [Photo: Facebook]

119 W 56th St.
New York, NY 10019

3. The Golden Opulence Sundae at Serendipity 3

225 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

One more $1000 novelty dish: The Golden Opulence Sundae. Instead of lobster and caviar, the price tag on this one comes from the flakes of 23-carat gold leaf that are sprinkled on top. Besides that, the three scoops of single-source Tahitian vanilla ice cream are also covered with chocolate syrup made from one of the world's most expensive chocolates, candied fruits, chocolate truffles, marzipan cherries, gold-covered almonds and golden sugar paste flowers that can take up to 18 hours to construct. Since the ingredients are flown in from all over the world, the restaurant requires 48 hours notice to order the Golden Opulence Sundae. [Photo: Facebook]

225 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022

4. Peking Duck with Kaluga Caviar at Hakkasan

311 W 43 St., New York, NY 10036

At the Times Square outpost of this high-end Chinese chain, you can order Peking Duck with Kaluga Caviar for $295. The dish, which comes with a whole duck and 16 pancakes, appears to be a lot like the regular Peking Duck, except with a bowl of 30 oz. of caviar on the side. [Photo: Foodspotting]

311 W 43 St.
New York, NY 10036

5. The Tuna and Caviar Roll at Bar Masa

10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

As Eater National notes, Bar Masa, the somewhat more casual counterpart to New York's most expensive restaurant, serves an eight piece roll that will run you $240. The sushi is made with fatty tuna and lots of caviar. That's $30 per bite of sushi, for those keeping track at home. [Photo]

10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

6. White Truffle Tagliolini at Nello

696 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065

Much has been made of the extravagant prices at Nello, where even a water will cost you $12. But the top of the list is the white truffle tagliolini. The restaurant lists it only as "market price" on the menu, but this pasta with butter, parmesan and lots of white truffles will set you back about $275. [Photo: @adrianathereal]

696 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065

7. The DB Burger Royale at db Bistro Moderne

55 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036

Boulud's most expensive creation is also one of his most delicious. The priciest burger at DB Bistro Moderne is made with a shortrib and sirloin patty that's stuffed with foie gras and layers of black truffles. Available for $70 or $140, depending on the amount of truffles you want. A $30 version is also available without the truffle-overload. (Photo)

55 W 44th St.
New York, NY 10036

8. The Lamb Chops at The Four Seasons Restaurant

99 E 52nd St., New York, NY 10103

The Four Seasons wins out when it comes to sheer number of dishes over $50. There are in fact four different entrees that cost $65, but of those the most outrageous for the price is probably the lamb chops, which come with a barley-root vegetable stew. [Photo: Yelp]

99 E 52nd St.
New York, NY 10103

9. La Moules Magnifique at Le Bistro d'à Côté

1590 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028

For $59, Le Bistro D'a Cote serves La Moules Magnifique, a luxury version of moules frites. The mussels are prepared with vanilla poached lobster tail, Berkshire pork lardons, and saffron beurre blanc, the fries are tossed with truffle oil, and you get a complimentary glass of sparkling wine with your order. [Photo: Yelp]

1590 1st Ave
New York, NY 10028

10. Langoustines with Risotto at Il Mulino

37 E 60th St., New York, NY 10022

There are plenty of expensive dishes on the menu at this beloved and clubby Italian restaurant, but near the top is the Langoustines with Risotto, for $55. [Photo: Luxury Experience]

37 E 60th St.
New York, NY 10022

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