Only in New York: A $1,000 White Truffle Cream Cheese Bagel
And you thought that $8 plain bagel with butter and jam was expensive!
We just got word that the Westin Times Square is offering a $1,000 bagel complete with Alba white truffle cream cheese and goji berry-infused Riesling jelly with golden leaves. Part of what makes this plate so expensive is that white truffles are extremely limited and the Alba white truffles are grown in the Alba region of Italy beneath certain oak trees. Only pigs or trained dogs can locate them.
Created by executive chef Frank Tujague, the extravagant bagel is available in the hotel's restaurant during the breakfast hours of 6:30 to 11:30am or during 24-hour room service. We just hope nobody drunk dials room service and orders this. It would be a shame to eat and not remember. Or a shame to realize you were a drunk idiot that ordered a $1,000 bagel.
Whatever your reasons for ordering, there is a major upside to plopping down that much dough for a bagel.
All of the bagel sales will benefit the Les Amis d'Escoffier Scholarship Fund, a non-profit, charitable organization that provides scholarships for students of the culinary arts.
The bagel will be on the menu through December 14, 2007 (the end of truffle season.) Additionally, the bagel requires 24-hours in advance notice (so no drunk-dialing and ordering, phew) which you can do by calling 212-201-2776.