The Federal Reserve Chairman, always on the lookout for signs of inflation, might want to stop by Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where a $ 200 plate of fries stretches the definition of haute cuisine.
Restaurant Serendipity 3 is already claiming world records for the most expensive burger ($ 295) and ice cream sundae ($ 1,000), then if the question is “Do you want fries with that?” His answer is a resounding yes.
Guinness World Records certified the feat. Since July 13, French fries are officially the most expensive on the planet.
“Serendipity is truly a happy place,” said Creative Director and Chef Joe Calderone. “People come here to celebrate, to really get away from the reality of life sometimes. “
The Crème de la Crème Pommes Frites begins as Chipperbec potatoes. They are blanched – or scalded – in vinegar and champagne. Then they are fried in pure goose fat, no oil, and not once but twice, so they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Sprinkled with edible gold and seasoned with truffle salt and truffle oil, they are served on a crystal plate with an orchid, thinly sliced truffles and a Mornay cheese dip. The sauce is also infused with truffles, a rare seasonal mushroom.
“The truffle is the star here,” said company chief executive Frederick Schoen-Kiewert.
Like many restaurants, Serendipity was closed during the Covid-19 pandemic and Calderone and Schoen-Kiewert believed fancy fries would be a good way to announce its return.
That works. There is an eight to ten week waiting list for fries.
“It’s been a tough year and a half for everyone, and we have to have fun now,” Calderone said.