Looking to treat your nine closest family members or friends to an extra special Thanksgiving? Then you may want to check out New York’s Old Homestead Steakhouse. The century-old restaurant does not just offer a meal, but a memorable experience that will set you back a “mere” $76,000 for a table of ten. To put it in perspective, that is about 1,500 times more expensive than an “ordinary” Thanksgiving meal for the same number of guests.
So what can diners indulging in America’s “most expensive Thanksgiving dinner” expect? According to restaurant co-owner Marc Sherry, a gluttonous feast made from “the most expensive ingredients that we could possibly find from all over the world.” The meal begins with king oysters that measure larger than a human palm and cost $100 a piece. Then comes the $225-per-pound Japanese smoked bacon slabs covered in a glaze made using oranges that cost $75 a pound! Diners will also be treated to Japanese Wagyu beef lollipops — bite-sized appetizers that Sherry describes as “the Fourth of July in your mouth.”
Of course, no Thanksgiving meal would be complete without some traditional fare. The organic, free-range turkey will be coated with spices sourced from the Middle East and basted in an extra-virgin olive oil from Italy that runs $17 an ounce. Stuffing will comprise the prized Waygu beef, sourdough bread, and foie gras imported all the way from the UK.
Mashed potatoes will also get the special treatment with $455-per-pound Swedish moose cheese, while whipped sweet potatoes will be decorated with $1,600-per-ounce black caviar from the Caspian Sea. Butternut squash will feature black truffles, while the homemade cranberry sauce will be infused with orange-flavored liqueur, aged balsamic vinegar, and wine. For dessert, guests will indulge in mixed berries with a 1968 champagne sabayon cream sauce. To wash it all down, they will be offered a wide selection of expensive wines and champagnes.
As if the extravagant meal is not enough, diners will also receive indulgent gifts. This year, the offerings include four tickets to the Broadway hit show Hamilton, a $7,500 Black Friday shopping spree on Fifth Avenue, a two-night stay in a luxury suite at the Mandarin Oriental, and a $20,000 diamond-studded watch from Swiss manufacturer Ulysse Nardin. Also included is a guided tour of the city and lessons at the world-famous Fred Astaire Dance Studio.
This is not the first time Old Homestead is hosting the expensive holiday meal. In 2014, two groups of four guests forked out $35,000 each. In 2015 and 2016 the restaurant accepted three groups of eight guests, at $50,000 apiece. This year, the restaurant has made its feast more exclusive, with just one 10-person reservation, which as you may have guessed, is already taken. However, Sherry and his team are happy to bring the same experience to your home or office. For those that cannot afford the extravagance, the restaurant also has a traditional prix-fixe menu with all the Thanksgiving favorites at a more affordable $70 a head!
Such a lavish offering — which takes several months to prepare — might seem extreme, but the idea stemmed from Sherry’s love for the holiday and his joy in bringing guests together for an unforgettable experience. “I’m in love with the creativity of a $76,000 dinner. I’m proud of my staff and the way they put it out,” he said. “I love seeing the people buy this, I love seeing the expression on their face.”
Wish you all a Happy Turkey Day!
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