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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-25-06 07:49 PM
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14. Depends...there's a $30 burger on the dinner menu at "The 21 Club"
and the DB Bistro Moderne (also in NYC) has this item for $29:
Sirloin Burger filled with Braised Short Ribs
Foie Gras and Black Truffles
Served on a Parmesan Bun
with Pommes Souffles or Pommes Frites.

And those are just prices for BURGERS! Although I'd be hard pressed to call anything stuffed with short ribs, fois gras and truffles any kind of "burger". Now, mind you, I haven't set foot in either of those places. I merely report on what is.

Then there's an exchange in a scene from The West Wing I always keep in mind. Mallory is trying to pick up the breakfast check at her father's hotel:

MALLORY
Oh, let me pay for it.

LEO
Yeah, but this is my hotel.

MALLORY
Dad?

LEO
How much does a cup of coffee cost here, Tony?

TONY
Six dollars and 50 cents.

The kind of restaurants the rich and powerful frequent (and there are many in Washington, D.C. that would put NYC prices and excess to shame, if such a thing even seems possible, do a lot of "a la carte" items (as do many exclusive cosmopolitan restaurants) where you could pay $10 for a potato and $8 for asparagus to go with your $42 porterhouse. Dessert, cocktails, wines, and after-dinner liqueurs extra, naturally. Vintage wines and ports can run into serious bucks, so you're right, the liquor bill definitely has an impact here.

These people inhabit a different world than the rest of us on nearly every level. I say nearly only because so far, I haven't heard that they've got anyone to wipe their butts for them.



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