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$40 for an entree?

post #1 of 29
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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/21/di...yt&emc=rss
Okay, maybe I'm cheap, but I find $40 for meat or fish, no appetizers, side dishes, or desserts, a bit ridiculous. Would you pay that much? I realize there are overhead costs, and that you have to pay for service, but $40 for a steak or lobster seems decadent to me.
post #2 of 29
I'd rather buy $40 worth of groceries (which lasts me and bf almost a month at the grocery store I go to) than pay that for a meal fragment.

Our most expensive favorite restaurant only cost us about $25-30 together total. $40 for an entree where you have to pay extra for veggies is a bit steep. According to the end of the article, they're beginning to tack on $20 first courses too.
post #3 of 29
I definately would not be in Vegas eating a 40$ entree when most of the buffets have steak and lobster for about half that cost
post #4 of 29
No thank you. I wouldn't pay $40 for an entire meal including beverage and dessert.
post #5 of 29
$40 for just the entree, eh? No. Sorry. Not even close. $40 had better include the sides, the dessert, the appetizer. For a special occasion, I don't expect it to include more than that -- but just the entree, nope.
post #6 of 29
I wouldn't pay that much for a typical 'fine dining' type of place, but I would (for a special occasion, if I had the money, pay that for a truely fine dining experience. Basically, if I can get away with wearing jeans to a place there is no way I'd spend that much on a meal. But if it were Valentines Day and I were wearing a little black dress, with DH in a suit, and the waiters wore tuxes and the food divine, I would (if I had the money, which we won't anytime soon!!). We usually go to one nice restaurant a year, where we'll pay 25-30 for an entree- basically $100 for the whole experience- we'll share an appetizer and a desert and usually get a top shelf martini- we figure about 40 a person, plus $20-25 for the tip.

I can't imagine ever spending $40 on the entree alone at a place where people bring their kids and wear blue jeans, that's just stupid.
post #7 of 29
Yes, I would pay $40.00 for an entree, but only under these circumstances. 1. I would have to know the chef's previous work, and really like it. 2. The ingredients would have to be worth my while (i.e. black truffles, sushi rice only found in Japan, Kobe beef ect...) 3. It would have to be executed flawlessly. Then and ONLY then would I pay that much for one plate of food.
post #8 of 29
If it was for my kitties....maybe.
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by xocats View Post
If it was for my kitties....maybe.
Yeah for my animals I would....lol.. I do pay 3-4$ an ounce for the fish to get live food every so often...
post #10 of 29
Last Christmas 2 crab cakes cost me $30. Well let me put it this way, there were 6 of us and the bill was over $500! My company paid most of it.
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
Yes, I would pay $40.00 for an entree, but only under these circumstances. 1. I would have to know the chef's previous work, and really like it. 2. The ingredients would have to be worth my while (i.e. black truffles, sushi rice only found in Japan, Kobe beef ect...) 3. It would have to be executed flawlessly. Then and ONLY then would I pay that much for one plate of food.
I think you'd be surprised to hear that most of the rice eaten in Japan is grown in California. Japanese grown rice does have it's own kind of flavor, but I wouldn't call it better or worse than California grown rice (some Cali grown rice brands are the best I've ever had). Some of that Cali grown stuff is also hella expensive ($30 for a 10lb bag).

With any sort of food, you can easily pay $40 for an "entree". Japanese and Indian food come to mind. If I'm having fillet minion, I expect to pay $40 just for the steak and nothing else (fillet minion MARKET PRICE is normally ~$20 a lb). I also grew up in NYC, so seeing expensive food is the norm for me, (though seeing dirt cheap and delicious food is also the norm, just need to know where to go. i.e. China town or Flushing).
post #12 of 29
Kobe beef is going to cost you more than $40! In Japan it's $100 per pound.

I would pay $40 for good prime rib, $30 for a smaller cut of filet. I would eat at a place like this in Indy:

St. Elmo's Steakhouse

http://www.stelmos.com/menu.php

Many of the nicer steakhouses include a potato and/or salad for the $40 price though. That would be the kind of place we go to once a year.

I'm also a big fan of the Kinzie Chophouse in Chicago, where you can get a small, 8oz filet for $25 with no side included. They have very reasonable drink prices, and quite a bit of wine offered by the glass.

http://kinziechophouse.com/content/0...ENU_010106.pdf
post #13 of 29
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If it was for my kitties....maybe.
I could be accused of not paying much attention to price when it comes to cat food, and will treat Jamie to crab or lobster occasionally, but I just couldn't see spending that much in a restaurant, even on a special occasion. $25 or $30 apiece, perhaps, for a salad, main course, and beverage, but that would really be the limit for one meal! No wonder my nephew is planning on becoming a chef!
post #14 of 29
No way would I pay this.I wonder how they can justify the price for lobster. My husband is a lobsterman. And he gets paid right now dock price $3.75 per pound. What a mark up just for shipping and cooking it WOW.BTW my cats get lobsters often!
post #15 of 29
I've had the $40 entrees where they charge you an extra $10 for a baked potatoe and another $12 for a salad. It was paid (thank you very much) by a vendor trying to woo me to buy their products on behalf of my company.

I didn't think it was worth the price. I wouldn't pay that much out of my own pocket.
post #16 of 29
we do that once a month-- i think the salmon i had last month was $50.00 (salmon alone) but was soooooooooooooooooooooo good. Hubby's steak was around $45.00. Total meal, drinks and all for us two is about $175.00 tip not included (another $25.00). But it was well worth it. We do this about once a month-- its a me & hubby nite all to ourselves. Plus we do this usually when he wins contests at work so it really doesnt cost us anything but the tip for valet parking ($5.00). We thouroughly enjoy the time and the meal. Its the best meal we have ever had. The service is excellent! Couldnt ask for more!

Amity
post #17 of 29
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Originally Posted by esrgirl View Post
I'm also a big fan of the Kinzie Chophouse in Chicago, where you can get a small, 8oz filet for $25 with no side included. They have very reasonable drink prices, and quite a bit of wine offered by the glass.

http://kinziechophouse.com/content/0...ENU_010106.pdf
I was gonna say...around here it's really not unusual at all to dine out and have it cost $50-60 a person. The thing is, those places aren't places where you can wear jeans. I mean, I live a few blocks from Charlie Trotter's where people are paying...I wanna say like $150 a person...but they're not brining their kids along. And that's also like a 4567890 course meal.

We go out to nice places once or twice a year and run up a $100 or so bill...but it's really great food and an appropriate environment for charging those prices.
post #18 of 29
Last meal out came to $300. Not amused. The dinner was nice, restaurant nice but casual, had fun with our friends, the problem was we bought a few bottles of wine. That's what ticks me off most in restaurants - how much they overcharge for wine.
For a good night out meal, I would pay $50 pp. We don't go out often though.
I spend close to a hundred bucks a week on groceries, so we darn well better be eating well at home!
post #19 of 29
i would pay that much for a good meal. We were out at dinner last night (see Cat Lounge...) and my main meal was $35, and DH's was $38 I think. I had an 8oz filet mignon, and he had a 12 oz New York cut (or something...). This was aged Angus beef and to die for!

We certainly don't do it often, and only did it because DH got a bonus from work, but it definitely is nice to do once in a while. I think the total bill for the 4 of us was $350 including tip, and that was for 3 courses plus cocktails and wine at a classy place, so not too bad I guess.

And yes - I wore jeans, DH wore shorts and sandals, and the other 2 were in cargo pants.
post #20 of 29
Wow. If I had extra money I sure wouldn't be spending it on food.

Since I don't eat meat, I can't imagine what I would be eating that would cost that much. And I don't usually go to restaurants like that because they usually don't have any food that doesn't have meat in it, else you end up paying 20$ for some macaroni.

I did go, once, when I was a freshmen in high school and still ate meat, to the restaurant in the Omni hotel in Chicago. I think my dinner was 75$ (I sure wasn't paying) and honestly, it wasn't all that great. I mean, it was good... but not that good.
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
Wow. If I had extra money I sure wouldn't be spending it on food.

Since I don't eat meat, I can't imagine what I would be eating that would cost that much. And I don't usually go to restaurants like that because they usually don't have any food that doesn't have meat in it, else you end up paying 20$ for some macaroni.

I did go, once, when I was a freshmen in high school and still ate meat, to the restaurant in the Omni hotel in Chicago. I think my dinner was 75$ (I sure wasn't paying) and honestly, it wasn't all that great. I mean, it was good... but not that good.
If you go to The Green Zebra (mmmmmmm!!!!) in Chicago, they find a way to charge you entirely too much for meatless dishes. But it's to die for. And I'm sure that it has to do with truffles. Expensive veg food seems to always include them.

The again, these are $15...maybe $20 for a special...entrees. Which is a lot for meatless, but it's not $40.
post #22 of 29
If I'm going meatless in Chicago it's for a no-meata-fajita and a piece of cookies and cream cake at Chicago Diner! I am getting very hungry
post #23 of 29
The only place that we ever pay 40 dollars per meal...is at the chinese/japenese resturant we have here but it's because they cook in front of you and dh is a pig...so he gets... 3 orders of shrimp....chicken, 2 orders of rice.....and we get a salad and soup..lol
post #24 of 29
Nope! I eat at places where 2 meals with sides and drinks cost less than $40. Why would I pay that much for a hunk of meat?
post #25 of 29
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Nope! I eat at places where 2 meals with sides and drinks cost less than $40. Why would I pay that much for a hunk of meat?
You've obviously never had a delicious hunk of prime rib
post #26 of 29
Or lamb chops or New York Strip or Filet Mignon



I would pay $40 for an entree but not in response to the new trend in restaurants...I would pay $40 because dining is a lost art. Wonderful food, wonderful atmosphere and wonderful serving experience is expensive at times.

I would much rather go to a beautiful upscale restaurant where they have actual reknowned chefs who love to do what they do than go to Applebee's or Olive Garden a few times and experience a generic dining experience with mediocre food..
post #27 of 29
Umm...I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but I order $40 entrees pretty regularly. (Not when I'm paying the bill, though!) Part of my job is to plan dinners for our Board, which are all at very nice, very expensive restaurants. A $40 entree doesn't really seem that shocking to me. Just today I ordered a $44 entree for a dinner with 50 people.

Personally, I tend not to spend that kind of my own money on food of any kind, though. It would have to be a really, really special occasion.
post #28 of 29
Speaking of dining in NYC, has anyone been to "Gato y Vulpe"? It's a small itallian restaurant near Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. I was treated to there once by my old boss. $60 entree (lamb chops), $120 bottle of wine (I believe it was some kind of chianti), $30 appetizer (carrapacio, super thin sliced raw beef drizzled with lemon and served under fresh romain lettuce and fresh sliced parmegiano sp?), and then an espresso and biscotti on the house afterwards. Family run restaurant, small and cozy. I do have to say it was one of the best meals I've ever had.
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by Tari View Post
Umm...I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but I order $40 entrees pretty regularly. (Not when I'm paying the bill, though!) Part of my job is to plan dinners for our Board, which are all at very nice, very expensive restaurants. A $40 entree doesn't really seem that shocking to me. Just today I ordered a $44 entree for a dinner with 50 people.

Personally, I tend not to spend that kind of my own money on food of any kind, though. It would have to be a really, really special occasion.
Thats what I was thinking...I bet a lot of people are willing to spend more when it is the company card paying. And of course, often it is a salesperson trying to impress someone.

I am annoyed that the higher the price, the less add-ons you get. And the fact that even lunch costs at least $7 when eating out!
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