If you’re wondering what “The One Percent” do for their Super Bowl parties, now you know: a restaurant is offering a $4,900 plate of wings for Super Bowl Sunday.
The high-end wings are offered at New York’s Old Homestead Steakhouse (“Specializing in the Four Food Groups: Beef, Beef, Beef and Beef!”), which has been open since 1868, making it one of the longest continually-serving restaurants in the U.S.
According to The New York Post, for the low, low price of nearly five grand, you get a dozen wings. Three of them are covered in a special foie gras that costs $65 per pound; three are covered in a cream made from a $2,400 bottle of Louis XIII Cognac; and three are covered in Royal Ossetra Caviar that retails for $1,600 per ounce. The other three wings aren’t really “wings” in the traditional sense, but at this price point, such nuance is pointless; they’re portions of $400-per-pound Kobe beef marinated in $1,100-per-bottle Sake.
Restaurant owner Greg Sherry, 67, tried to sell a New York Post reporter on the wings.
“It’s ridiculously great. It’s for a client who wants to do something extreme and extravagant, someone who is going to have champagne with their wings or wants to impress clients.”
Gothamist writer Rebecca Fishbein took a rather different interpretation of Mr. Sherry’s sales pitch.
“It’s for a [sucker] who wants to do something extreme and extravagant, [a very wealthy and oblivious sucker] who is going to have champagne with their wings or wants to impress clients [by being a high-rolling sucker].”
Ms. Fishbein calls the $4,900 wings a gimmick; a claim that the restaurant’s head chef, Oscar Martinez, disputes.
“It’s for the bragging rights. It’s something that, it’s not your typical soggy wings and soupy chili Super Bowl Sunday …They’re tender, they melt in your mouth. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
This is not The Old Homestead restaurant’s first foray into ultra-expensive, special-occasion menus. Last Thanksgiving, the restaurant — whose more “reasonably priced” day-to-day menu runs to about $150 per person with wine and dessert — offered a Thanksgiving menu that cost a whopping $35,000. It’s unclear if any patrons took them up on the offer.
Gimmick or not, whoever buys the $4,900 wings is contributing to a good cause. Ten percent of the proceeds from the Super Bowl wings goes to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s anti-domestic violence charity, “Why Not You.”
If you had the money to blow, would you spend $4,900 on a dozen wings?
[Image courtesy of: New York Post]