If you win the lottery and find yourself suddenly looking for ways to quickly blow a few grand, there's no easier place to do it than at New York City restaurants. Recession or not, there are even a few places where you can still spend four figures on just one dish.
The $1,000 Dish: Pizza Where: Nino's Bellissima Pizza, 890 2nd Ave. Why: Topped with caviar and Maine lobster. $1 alternative: A slice from 99 Cent Fresh Pizza. 151 E. 43rd St.
The $1,000 Dish: Bagel and cream cheese Where: The Westin New York at Times Square, 270 West 43rd St., but only during the fall truffle season. Why: Alba white truffle cream cheese, goji berry infused Riesling jelly and specks of golden leaves. $1 alternative: A schmear to go from H&H's midtown outpost. 629 West 46th St.
The $1,000 Dish: Omelet Where: Norma's restaurant at Le Parker Meridien Hotel, 119 West 56th St. Why: Six eggs whipped up with lobster and 10 ounces of Sevruga caviar (that's a lot). $1 alternative: Sausage McMuffin, now a buck at the McDonald's around the corner.
The $1,000 Dish: Ice cream sundae Where: Serendipity 3, 890 2nd Ave. Why: Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream drizzled with Amedei Porceleana (the world's most expensive chocolate) and edible gold leaf. $1 alternative:FroYo for 35 cents an ounce at Yogurt Station, 18 St. Mark's Place. Toppings can make it cost more, but there's no gold option, so you should be able to keep it under a grand.
- Brendan Spiegel of Endless Simmer.