New York restaurant introduces $ 200 fries

Alexandra Ferguson

(Reuters) – Jerome Powell, this story is for you.

The chairman of the Federal Reserve, always on the lookout for signs of inflation, may want to take a tour of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where a $ 200 plate of fries extends the definition of fine dining.

Restaurant Serendipity 3 already holds the world records for the most expensive hamburger ($ 295) and the most expensive ice cream ($ 1,000), so if the question is “do you want fries with that?” his answer is a resounding yes.

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Guinness World Records certified the feat: as of July 13, these fries are officially the most expensive in the world.

“Serendipity is really a happy place,” says Creative Director and Chef Joe Calderone. “People come here to celebrate, to escape the reality of life sometimes.”

The Crème de la Crème Pommes Frites starts with Chipperbec potatoes. They are blanched in vinegar and champagne. They are then fried in pure goose fat, not oil, and not once but twice, so they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Next, they are served on a glass plate with an orchid, thinly sliced ​​truffles and sprinkled with edible gold and garnished with truffle salt and truffle oil. The potatoes are served with a Mornay cheese sauce that is also infused with truffle, a rare seasonal mushroom.

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“The truffle is the main star here,” said the company’s executive chef, Frederick Schoen-Kiewert.

Like many restaurants, Serendipity closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and Calderone and Schoen-Kiewert thought the fancy fries would be a good way to announce their return.

And it is working. There is an eight to ten week waiting list to try the fries. “It’s been a tough year and a half for everyone, and now we have to have fun,” Calderone said.

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