What would you call a burger that cost you $175 and weighed 89 pounds? Well, its creators don’t know what else to call it but decadence. And if the comic character Jughead were a real person then he would probably be the happiest in the world. But then again, it costs $175! The Wall Street Burger Shoppe just raised its price from $150 to assure its designation as the costliest burger in the city as determined by Pocket Change, an online newsletter about the most expensive things in New York. The burger, created by chef and co-owner Kevin O’Connell, seeks to justify its price with a Kobe beef patty, lots of black truffles, seared foie gras, aged Gruyere cheese, wild mushrooms, and flecks of gold leaf on a brioche bun.
The eatery sells 20 or 25 per month in the fine dining room upstairs versus hundreds of $4 burgers each day at the diner counter downstairs, The burger comes with golden truffle mayonnaise, Belgian-style fries and a mixed greens and tomato salad. O’Connell pairs the dish with many fine wines, a lager or a toasted brown beer, or ginger ale. Sigh, burger heaven indeed!