25 Most Expensive Restaurants in the U.S.
According to this recent article: http://www.bundle.com/article/25-most...
1. French Laundry
2. Per Se
3. Michael Mina
5. Charlie Trotters
8. Le Nomades
11. The Inn at Little Washington
12. Robert's Steakhouse
14. Le Bernardin
16. Addison Restaurant
17. The Kitchen
20. La Grenouille
22. Del Posto
25. Eleven Madison Park
Most of the restaurants seem to be in New York City. Chicago, and San Francisco Bay Area with some curious omissions: Masa (New York), Urasawa, Jean Georges. Also, while the "average check" methodology sounds flawed. I wonder how these averages compare with other upscale restaurants in Europe and Asia.
I beg to differ!!!
Any high end Chinese/Cantonese restaurants in SF, LA or NYC can easily beat the afore-mentioned list hands down if one orders a la carte Sun dried Japanese Abalone, Premium sharksfin, Fishmaw, sea cucumbers and birds nest! A single 4 oz Japanese abalone can run you a couple of thousand dollars! and thats just for starters!!
$100 less = $350. Perfectly doable at Cut. $250 will do just fine if you stay away from the Japanese beef. With tax, tip and a bottom-of-the-list wine, you ain't getting out of Melisse for anywhere near that - the cheapest menu (there is no a la carte) is $105, and practically everything worth getting carries a supplement.
Alinea is a pretty fair value for what you get. Yes, it's an insanely expensive place to eat if all you want is a nice dinner, but it's an experience that can't be compared to that with which most people are familiar.
The food price averages $10 per course and while some are small bites they're often very intricate and use ingredients that most people can't regularly access. And despite their size you will be full after your dinner.
Most steakhouse restaurants end up at about $100 per person, so for a little more than twice the price you get a memorable evening as opposed to a really nice steak.