You're About to Die And You Only have $50
One day left to live - where would you eat your last two or three meals in Manhattan and what would you order if you only had (about) $50 to spend for the day?
$50 worth of sushi and a kirin draft at ushiwakamaru.
or id walk across the brooklyn bridge and eat a red wattle pork chop and have a glass of rye at vinegar hill house.
if i have to break it up...double shack burger, fries, and chocolate shack at shake shack...2 squares at artichoke pizza...merguez sandwich at moustache...quattro panino at 'ino...that should be under $50.
I will play along. (i will cheat a bit and ignore tax and be a non-tipper)
breakfast: croissant from Patisserie Claude $2.50(?)
breakfast: small coffee from Grumpy $2.50 (the cheapest on the menu)
lunch: akamaru ramen from Ippudo $14.00, plain slice from Joe's $3.00 (if outer borough was permitted - i will cough up $5 for di fara's), al pastor taco on 116th st. $2.00
alternative lunch: Il Capitan sandwhich at Alidoro $9.00, fish taco from pinche $4.00, elote from habana $3
afternoon snack: shot of hot chocolate at City Bakery $2.00
dinner: nigiri of oo-toro and uni at whichever sushi joint that has the best/freshest that day. $20.
alternative option: lasagna from Apizz, spaghetti from Malatesta
dessert: slice of cake from Lady M, $8
I've clearly gone over the budget, and I failed to squeeze in steak, wine, beer, and couple of glasses of scotch that I would surely want on my last day among other things. I think I need about 3G to stuff myself on my last day..
I'm a dessert freak, so:
$5 at Kee's for the rose-lychee macaron and a green tea truffle.
$12 for a coffee caramel dome at the Bar at the Modern
$10 for the olive oil coppetta at Otto
$5.50 for the Beaux Arts pastry at Payard (this is kinda cheating cos Payard doesn't have this flavor anymore at the new shop, he stopped making it before the old Payard closed)
$3.5 - Sicilian slice at Artichoke
The remainder is a toss up between some Korean fried chicken, a hot pastrami & pitcher of chocolate soda at 2nd Ave Deli, or some really good lobster or crab somewhere. The first two usually make me want to die of feeling full afterward eating anyway.
Assuming that all chowhounds prefer sweet to any other taste is a horse of a different color!
If the point was to actually spend the fifty bucks, as opposed to "call it quits" while getting arraigned for kipping out on a bill, I might as well gulp a bottle of Badia a Coltibuono EVOO along with beefsteak tomatoes, a baguette, burrata, and a mix of salt and black pepper.
Or, I'd have a lunch feast in Koreatown and drain an entire bottle of sesame oil, then I'd move on to künefe and kaymak at Güllüoğlu.
If there was a 3rd option, I'd follow in the footsteps of the elderly woman in the supermarket scene of Tampopo...but with one slight change. I'd eat the stuff too.