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A Guide to Domestic Beer Prices in Whale Restaurants

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By definition, Whales like expensive restaurants. NO ONE DISPUTES THIS. Most Whale-watching restaurants have extensive lists of fine wines and, often, beers. But what about the Whales who just don't care about these better libations? Enter The Bud Light Index, tracking the cost of cheapo domestic beers at New York's Whale destinations.
Many of the Whale restaurants, of course, simply don't offer Bud Light. Nello, for example, only offers Italian beers, while the younger and trendier Whales might go to The NoMad with its carefully curated beer list that even features a Brooklyn Brewery brown ale made specifically for the restaurant. These won't make an appearance in the Bud Light Index. But others, like The Four Seasons, have Budweiser?Bud Heavy?instead of Bud Light; that cheap swill is equal in the eyes of the Bud Light Index.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Four Seasons Restaurant

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99 E 52nd St.
New York, NY 10103
(212) 754-9494
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The most expensive restaurant in New York, The Four Seasons sets the upper limits of the Bud Light Index. They don't actually have the light, but Bud Heavy will cost an undiscerning Whale $11. For perspective, a six-pack from many bodegas runs just $9.

2. P.J. Clarke's

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915 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10022
(212) 317-1616
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Setting the lower limit of the Bud Light Index is P.J. Clarke's, where a bottle will a run a hobnobbing Whale just $5. (Photo)

3. Le Cirque

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151 E 58th St.
New York, NY 10022
(212) 644-0202
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Many legendary chefs have passed through the halls of the Maccioni family's Le Cirque, where a Budweiser will run a history-seeking Whale $8.

4. Smith & Wollensky

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20 E 49th St.
New York, NY 10017
(212) 753-1530
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With one of the best steaks in town, Smith & Wollensky has a Bud Light that won't break a Whale's (admittedly unbreakable) wallet, at $7.

5. The Palm

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837 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10017
(212) 687-2953
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The blue haired whales are still flocking to Midtown East for the original location of the Whale haven The Palm. A Bud Light here is just $6.75.(Photo)

6. Harry Cipriani

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781 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10065
(212) 753-5566
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The Midtown Harry Cipriani, part of the Whale-friendly Cipriani family of restaurants, has Budweiser for $10.50. It's unclear if that's the same price at Harry's Bar in Venice, on which Harry Cipriani is modeled.(Photo)

7. Arlington Club Steakhouse

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1032 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 249-5700
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Laurent Tourondel's brand-new Upper East Side steakhouse, a partnership with the nightclub kids at the Tao Group, has a bone-in rib eye for $58 and a Bud Light for $7.50. (Photo: Krieger)

8. Russian Tea Room

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150 W 57th St.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 974-2221
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The Carnegie Hall-adjacent Russian Tea Room matches The Four Seasons in terms of price, and when a Whale is getting a $295 one-ounce portion of imported black caviar, an $11 Bud Light sounds downright affordable.

9. "21" Club

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21 W 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 582-7200
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The Midtown Whales' legend the The "21" Club has Budweiser for a suddenly-respectable sounding $8.50.(Photo)

10. Algonquin Hotel

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59 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 840-6800
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Cocktails at The Algoquin Hotel's lounge are a whopping, Whale-worthy $21 to $22. The cost of Bud Light there doesn't disappoint, coming in at $9, the cost of a six pack.

11. Keens Steakhouse

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72 W 36th St.
New York, NY 10018
(212) 947-3636
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Eater 38 member Keens Steakhouse attracts Whales seeking the best steak in the city. Its Bud Light comes in a hair cheaper than Peter Luger's, at $6.50.

12. Peter Luger Steak House

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178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-7400
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Across the East River, many Whales are hitting the famed old-timer steakhouse Peter Luger, where the $90 steak for two can be paired with two Bud Lights for just $6.95 each.

13. Cipriani

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55 Wall St.
New York, NY 10005
(212) 699-4096
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Harry Cipriani's FiDi sibling is still Whale-friendly enough to host mayoral galas that got marched on by OWS protesters. Bud Heavy is available there for a clean $10.

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1. The Four Seasons Restaurant

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

The most expensive restaurant in New York, The Four Seasons sets the upper limits of the Bud Light Index. They don't actually have the light, but Bud Heavy will cost an undiscerning Whale $11. For perspective, a six-pack from many bodegas runs just $9.

99 E 52nd St.
New York, NY 10103

2. P.J. Clarke's

915 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10022

Setting the lower limit of the Bud Light Index is P.J. Clarke's, where a bottle will a run a hobnobbing Whale just $5. (Photo)

915 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10022

3. Le Cirque

151 E 58th St., New York, NY 10022

Many legendary chefs have passed through the halls of the Maccioni family's Le Cirque, where a Budweiser will run a history-seeking Whale $8.

151 E 58th St.
New York, NY 10022

4. Smith & Wollensky

20 E 49th St., New York, NY 10017

With one of the best steaks in town, Smith & Wollensky has a Bud Light that won't break a Whale's (admittedly unbreakable) wallet, at $7.

20 E 49th St.
New York, NY 10017

5. The Palm

837 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10017

The blue haired whales are still flocking to Midtown East for the original location of the Whale haven The Palm. A Bud Light here is just $6.75.(Photo)

837 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10017

6. Harry Cipriani

781 5th Ave., New York, NY 10065

The Midtown Harry Cipriani, part of the Whale-friendly Cipriani family of restaurants, has Budweiser for $10.50. It's unclear if that's the same price at Harry's Bar in Venice, on which Harry Cipriani is modeled.(Photo)

781 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10065

7. Arlington Club Steakhouse

1032 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10021

Laurent Tourondel's brand-new Upper East Side steakhouse, a partnership with the nightclub kids at the Tao Group, has a bone-in rib eye for $58 and a Bud Light for $7.50. (Photo: Krieger)

1032 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10021

8. Russian Tea Room

150 W 57th St., New York, NY 10019

The Carnegie Hall-adjacent Russian Tea Room matches The Four Seasons in terms of price, and when a Whale is getting a $295 one-ounce portion of imported black caviar, an $11 Bud Light sounds downright affordable.

150 W 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

9. "21" Club

21 W 52nd St., New York, NY 10019

The Midtown Whales' legend the The "21" Club has Budweiser for a suddenly-respectable sounding $8.50.(Photo)

21 W 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019

10. Algonquin Hotel

59 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Cocktails at The Algoquin Hotel's lounge are a whopping, Whale-worthy $21 to $22. The cost of Bud Light there doesn't disappoint, coming in at $9, the cost of a six pack.

59 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

11. Keens Steakhouse

72 W 36th St., New York, NY 10018

Eater 38 member Keens Steakhouse attracts Whales seeking the best steak in the city. Its Bud Light comes in a hair cheaper than Peter Luger's, at $6.50.

72 W 36th St.
New York, NY 10018

12. Peter Luger Steak House

178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Across the East River, many Whales are hitting the famed old-timer steakhouse Peter Luger, where the $90 steak for two can be paired with two Bud Lights for just $6.95 each.

178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

13. Cipriani

55 Wall St., New York, NY 10005

Harry Cipriani's FiDi sibling is still Whale-friendly enough to host mayoral galas that got marched on by OWS protesters. Bud Heavy is available there for a clean $10.

55 Wall St.
New York, NY 10005

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