Monday, May 17, 2004
Hotel Charges $1,000 for Omelet
May 17, 7:55 AM (ET)
NEW YORK (AP) - It's not made of gold - just eggs, lobster, caviar and a few trimmings. But an omelet on the menu of a swanky Manhattan hotel will set you back $1,000, plus tip.
"I couldn't believe it was the price when I first saw '1,000' on the menu. I thought it was the calorie count," Virginia Marnell, a customer at Norma's restaurant in Le Parker Meridien hotel on West 57th Street, told the Daily News for Monday editions.
The omelet, which debuted May 5 and is billed as the "Zillion Dollar Frittata," has six eggs, a lobster and - here's the kicker - 10 ounces of sevruga caviar. The restaurant pays $65 an ounce for the caviar, according to Norma's general manager, Steven Pipes.
"Since we knew it was going to be a very expensive dish, we decided to have some fun with it," Pipes told the News. "It's not just a gimmick, though. It tastes good."
Beside the omelet's entry in the menu is the following message: "Norma dares you to expense this."
No one has ordered it yet.
A "budget" version of the omelet, containing only one ounce of caviar, sells for $100.
So, any takers? Oh yeah, you'll have to pay for my plane ticket too, so budget that in as well.