How much should one expect to pay for fresh squeezed juice at a Midtown NYC hotel?
Not a trick question. Just really curious.
I normally don't drink juice, but when perusing a breakfast menu will often look to see (1) what is offered and (2) how much it costs -- just out of pure Chowhound Schadenfreude, I suppose.
Based on my very unscientific survey, the results thus far until now have been the following:
Clement (The Peninsula): $9.50
Ai Fiori (Langham Place): $7
Asiate (The Mandarin Oriental): $9
The Garden (Four Seasons): $8
So just based on that, I've always just sort of considered fresh squeezed juice at a Midtown hotel to be about the price of a burger and fries at Shake Shack, give or take a dollar or two.
Until today. Did you know that at the King Cole Bar inside the St. Regis you can have the privilege of paying $15 (before tax/tip) for a glass of fresh squeezed Granny Smith Apple Juice? It does come with ginger and mint at no additional cost, however.
That's more than a Margherita pizza at Kesté.
At $15, I just had to try it. And, you know what? It's mighty fine. Might be the best thing I've drank (liquor included) at a restaurant I've had *this* year so far.
I would expect to pay 5 euros for fresh squeezed orange juice at a bar in Italy -- most especially a bar with a great history or a great view or in a prime tourist area. What would be odd is not the cost but the idea of having it at breakfast.
Curiously, in America, sometimes hotel room service for individual breakfast items is cheaper than at the hotel restaurant or gaining entry to the breakfast buffet that will be charged to your hotel bill.
I think if you opt for a hotel breakfast as part of your bill you are essentially paying for the excess food they throw away and the excess food other people steal to make a picnic lunch for later in the day.
This is not peculiar to NYC, by the way. I recently had a lot of difficulty at a London hotel trying to buy just a cup of fresh fruit and a yoghurt for breakfast. I was prepared to pay a stiff markup but they wanted to charge me something along the lines 15 GBP for the "buffet breakfast."
Just as aside, I'd rather pay $7 for fresh squeezed orange juice anywhere than a burger at the Shake Shack. Ditto kicking back Apple Juice at the St Regis vs. pizza at Keste (but I am not a fan of Neapolitan style pizza, even in Napoli). Glad you enjoyed it.
Italian coffee is so much stronger than American coffee it is next to impossible to drink both for breakfast and not feel ill, and most people in Italy want coffee in the morning. Fruit juices are preferred in the mid afternoon as a pick me up. If you sit down in a bar/caffe and have the juice fresh squeezed for you than you can expect to pay something around the equivalent of $7 for it.
I think Florida orange juice was marketed to Americans in places where oranges don't grow as some kind of super health elixir for breakfast, when it certainly is not, especially when it is now served to in water tumblers instead of juice glasses.