New York City is known for its amazing bagels. It’s also known for its insanely expensive prices. So it’s shocking that it took this long to combine the two. The Westin New York at Times Square is now offering one bagel for a mere $1,000. So what does that four-figure price tag entail? The bagel comes topped with white truffle cream cheese and goji berry-infused riesling jelly. For some extra pizzazz, it’s also topped off with gold flakes. Oh, and the price includes tax and tip. What a steal.
But it’s actually not the gold that makes the bagel so expensive. Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually the truffle cream that’s the most costly ingredient. According to a spokesperson from the hotel, the truffles are the second most expensive food in the world, behind caviar. They’re sourced from the Alba region of Italy and are found under oak trees by trained dogs and pigs.
If dropping a grand on a bagel doesn’t sound all that appetizing (especially when you can hit up any bodega in the city for something way cheaper and possibly tastier), this caveat may sweeten the deal. The money made from this limited time offer goes to benefit those in need. The Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, NYC’s largest emergency food program, is the recipient of the funds, which makes this whole stunt a lot more palatable. If you’re feeling generous (and hungry) this holiday season, place your order soon. The promotion only runs from November 1 to December 15.
This isn’t the first time the Westin’s offered this expensive bad boy. It debuted in 2007 and has reappeared several times over the years. Since it’s all for a good cause, we can’t really fault them for continually running the offer. And if you do happen to to taste this golden breakfast, let us poor people know how it is!
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