Well, that’s rich.
Humble comfort food is now dangerously close to becoming an unaffordable luxury for many New Yorkers in the age of menu flattery.
With rising food and labor costs, restaurateurs risk snacking on more than they can chew, leaving customers to make up the difference.
“You have to ask yourself, ‘Sacrifice quality and keep the price as it is, or never sacrifice quality and raise the price?’ That’s our business model,” Stratis Morfogen, COO of Brooklyn Chop House, told The Post.
For now, customers seem willing to shell out the extra dough.
“While growing recession fears and labor shortages are factors as to why menu items have increased across the city, we have not seen this impact demand for our restaurants. “, Sean Largotta, partner of the Gansevoort Hotel Group, told the Post.
Here’s what you can expect to pay for some of the most popular food and drink in New York restaurants right now.
The famous Black Label Burger with fries will now cost you $50, after taxes and 20% tip, at Minetta Tavern. The classic was $36 on the menu last year, but the base price, including fries, has now reached $38. It’s not the only burger in town with hard-to-swallow prices. Downtown, the list price for the Chicago import Au Cheval burger is $22, up from $19.95 in 2020. Adding bacon and thick eggs, you’ll pay closer to $31 today, before taxes and to drink. At Chester, an American gastropub inside the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District, a burger now costs $24, down from $22 a year ago. So even if you don’t get fries you are still paying over $30 after tax and tip.
The once budget-friendly family-style favorite — breaded chicken, mozzarella and red sauce — might as well be a slice of filet mignon in today’s economy. Indeed, at Quality Italian in Midtown, the restaurant’s pizza-shaped chicken parm-for-two is priced at $76 on the menu. In 2018, it went for $68. At Theater District mainstay Carmine’s, a chicken and parmesan dinner is now $38, down from $36 in 2020. The cost of the dish at the Italian mini-chain restaurant has risen nearly $9 since 2013.
Last fall, the doorman for two at Peter Luger cost $130. Now that same steak is priced at $136, down to $175.27 with tax and tip. A 42-ounce dry-aged porterhouse at downtown Brooklyn Chop House steakhouse, which cost $160 in 2021, is now on the menu for $190 and $244.86 with tax and tip. The Carnegie Diner & Cafe in Midtown has seen five price increases on its meat since 2020, a representative for the restaurant told The Post. Their New York steak has gone from $33 last year to its current price of $40, or $51.55 with tax and tip.
Chances are you’ll walk out of a regular Jewish grocery store for less than $30 these days. A pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Deli will set you back $26 ($33 with tax and tip), a huge increase from $17 in 2014. In Red Hook, Hometown Bar-B-Que charges $28 for its Smoked Meat Festival sandwich, up from $17 in 2019. Meanwhile, at the reincarnated 2nd Ave Deli, the cost of the sandwich has gone from $17 in recent years to $25 in 2022.
Skyrocketing butter costs have a huge impact on bakeries. At Manhattan mini-chain Breads Bakery, a croissant now costs $5, up from $4 last year. Soho bakery Dominique Ansel, meanwhile, raised the price of its croissant to $4.75 from $3.50 last year. And Brooklyn Heights-famous TikTok-famous French bakery L’Appartement 4F, which opened earlier this year, sells croissants for $4 — a bargain over its $50 hand-rolled mini-croissant cereal. .
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One of the Big Apple’s most iconic cheap eats is getting more expensive every month. Step into one of Midtown’s many dollar joints now and you’ll likely pay at least $1.50, sometimes $2.50, for what only recently sold for 99 cents. Staple favorites like a regular slice at Famous Original Ray’s Pizza in Times Square are now $3.75 each. And around town, hip new pizzerias like Fini Pizza in Williamsburg seem determined to push the envelope, charging $5 — and sometimes more — for slices made with premium ingredients.
Remember when $15 cocktails were considered extremely expensive? These days, the asking price throughout Manhattan is closer to $20. At the townhouse-turned-famous Pebble Bar in Midtown, standard drinks can run you up to $28, while a simple Corpse Reviver at José Andrés’ Nubeluz atop NoMad’s new Ritz-Carlton Hotel , will cost you $22. .