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Bagatelle is now the home of one of New York's most decadent and expensive ice cream sundaes.

For those with a sweet tooth looking to splurge, Bagatelle restaurant in Manhattan has come up with just the right treat for you. Starting on May 1st, Bagatelle will be offering a $1,000 ice cream sundae that is made with homemade vanilla ice cream, chocolate truffles, homemade French macaroons, Dom Pérignon Rosé sorbet with gold leaves, chocolate vodka sauce, gilded brownies, and fresh whipped cream, all topped off with a white gold and black steel ring made by Mauboussin, the French luxury jewelry company. Each ring is inscribed with the saying: “Moi non plus/Toi non plus,” which roughly translates to “Me either, and neither do you.”

If you want more luxury ice cream, Check Out The Daily Meal's 10 Most Expensive Pints of Ice Cream (Slideshow)

The Bagatelle indulgence isn’t the only luxury dessert concocted in New York. New York’s Serendipity 3 Golden Opulence sundae has been available on its menu for several years with a thousand dollar price, is covered in gold leaf and requires two days to prepare. In 2007, Serendipity 3 broke its own record by offering the "Frrozen" Haute Chocolate, a creation that sold for $25,000.

Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi


The Fanciest Ice Cream Sundae On Earth Costs..

Dessert is a beautiful, wonderful, and, dare I say, completely necessary part of the human diet. Some government employees obviously forgot to put dessert into that plate chart thing when they ditched the food pyramid concept in 2011. I've been a staunch supporter of dessert my whole life (a fact my parents can vouch for) but even I can't condone some of the wackadoo desserts out here now. Starting on May 1, NYC's Bagatelle restaurant will be offering a $1,000 ice cream sundae. $1,000! Here's the scoop (ha!) on that and a couple of the zanier desserts in existence. Would you try any of them?

1. The $1,000 Ice Cream Sundae

If you have rent money to spare and you like ice cream and jewelry, this could be the dessert for you. Bagatelle is offering up the "Mauboussin Mega Sundae" for a very reasonable $1,000. For your 10 Benjamin Franklins, you get vanilla ice cream, Dom Perignon Rose sorbet, macaroons, chocolate vodka sauce (interesting), gold leaf sprinkles, chocolate truffles, and a white gold and black steel ring valued at $530. As you can see, it's a pretty dessert, the ring is kind of cute and I'm definitely wanting to give that chocolate vodka sauce a whirl, but $1,000? I'd rather keep a roof over my head.

2. The Guinness World Record Holder

A $1,000 ice cream sundae sounds ridiculous, but that's pocket change compared to the Guinness World Record holder for most expensive dessert. That honor goes to another New York City restaurant, Serendipity3, for its $25,000 chocolate sundae. It's called the "Frrozen Haute Chocolate" and I'm a tad impressed by the cleverness of the name and the fact that they used chocolate instead of the far-inferior vanilla is applause-worthy. The restaurant hits the five-figure mark by putting the dessert in a goblet lined with edible 18-carat gold and adding exotic chocolates, five grams of edible 23-carat gold, an outrageously expensive truffle, and a freaking diamond tennis bracelet (not edible) included. A year's worth of college tuition or a bracelet and some ice cream? You decide.

3. The Greatest Cake Ever Created

Who cares about those fancy cakes with gold dust? I mean, does gold even taste good anyway? Here we have the greatest dessert ever created. Behold the unicorn rainbow fart cake. This thing of beauty was created by Natalie Sideserf for her Austin, Texas-based company Sideserf Cake Studio. She is an ARTISTE! Check out the gallery of her other work, she's one talented woman. As far as this masterpiece, I'm no unicorn expert, but if unicorns do fart, I'm sure they fart rainbows. I mean, duh. Not sure how much this cake costs, but whatever it is, it's worth it.

Images: Bagatelle/Mauboussin Serendipity3 Natalie Sideserf/Sideserf Cake Studio


Thousand-dollar sundae at the Langham

Pavilion at the Langham Hotel (330 N. Wabash Ave) is introducing booze-infused ice cream sundaes -- including one that's gold-dusted and costs $1,000. Executive pastry chef Scott Green’s indulgent sundae selection will be available starting Wednesday.

Dubbed the “Parlour at the Pavilion” and featuring a retro-styled ice cream parlor atmosphere, Pavilion's house-made ice cream offerings start at $16 and include the gin-infused Aviator, the bourbon-laced Manhattan and the limoncello-tipped Napoli. The Victoria ($1,000) boasts Tahitian vanilla ice cream, Guittard Complexite 70 percent chocolate ice cream, 24 karat gold leaf, caramelized golden peanuts, 24 karat gold dust, dark chocolate croquant, a hand-crafted chocolate crown and Hennessy VSOP. It’s topped off with hot fudge, salted caramel, butterscotch and whipped cream. Served in a take-home Wedgwood crystal bowl, the Victoria comes paired with a bottle of 2003 Dom Perignon. All of these sundaes also can be crafted sans liquor upon request.

"Ice cream is a year-round craving and the added alcohol component simply makes it that much more versatile for guests to indulge throughout all seasons," Green said in a statement.


Bagatelle Unveils $1,000 Ice Cream Sundae

For dessert lovers looking for a truly over-the-top indulgence, Manhattan hotspot Bagatelle is adding a $1,000 ice cream sundae to its menu beginning May 1.

Named the Mauboussin Mega Sundae after the legendary French jeweler, Mauboussin, the decadent sweet treat features homemade vanilla ice cream, chocolate truffles, homemade French macaroons, sorbet made from Dom Perignon rose champagne, gold leaves, dark chocolate brownies gilded in edible 24 carat gold, and fresh whipped cream. The culinary masterpiece, created by the restaurant’s executive chef Sebastien Chamaret, is served in an oversized martini glass covered in chocolate vodka sauce.

Each diner that order the four-figured sundae also receives a black steel, white gold and diamond ring to take home as a souvenir . And yes, for those looking to secure the sparkly bauble—without all the pesky calories—it can be purchased separately for $590.


Cooking with Kathy Man

There is an exception to this rule, however: I’m here to make a case for the $30 nachos at the month-old Empellon Midtown, the creation of Alex Stupak, who reigns over a small Empellon empire. Each outpost focuses on a different aspect of Mexican food, from the forward-thinking Cocina to the casual, taco-centric al Pastor. But for years, Stupak resisted the calls to serve nachos.

At his midtown location, Stupak decided that if he was going to do nachos, he would go big. Here, they’re stocked with chunks of crab and tongues of sea urchin, drizzled with a “queso” made from more uni and pureed with softened butter to create a creamy, slightly tangy sauce. Seafood nachos sound like something to be avoided at most restaurants they are terrific here because the smoky flavor of the roasted garlic and chipotle salsa pulls the dish together. Plus the thick, crunchy chips, made from house-made tortillas (which are, in turn, made from ground-in-house masa) have a compelling corn flavor that goes so well with the sweet seafood.

The crab nachos aren’t the best thing at Empellon. That title probably goes to the spit-roasted beef tacos, stuffed with juicy fragments from a gyro-styled, mountain-sized hunk of beef shoulder. (The shoulder, layered with dry-aged beef fat, slowly spins in the restaurant kitchen’s window and acts as a powerful magnet for people walking down 53rd Street.) Also be sure to get a side of hash brown tacos—little tortillas stuffed with crispy strands of potato, roasted poblanos, and a sharp, tomatillo ketchup. It’s a powerful argument for steak and potatoes.

But you want to get the nachos, and not just because they’re so tasty. They’re also an exceptional deal, not just at the new Empellon—where prices reflect midtown rents (tacos start at $14 for two)—but also in that neighborhood. A lot of valuable seafood is scattered on top of those tortilla chips. Specifically, Stupak arranges a dozen pieces of premium Hokkaido uni on each serving, along with three ounces of Maryland lump crabmeat. If you ordered 12 pieces of sea urchin sushi at the nearby Sushiya, the cost would be $72 at Blue Fin, across town, it would come to $118.

Stupak says he’s not losing money on the dish, though he admits that its food costs are dangerously high. He makes up for the loss with other dishes, particularly the guacamole and the seven-salsa snack that servers offer as soon as you sit down. “Avocados aren’t cheap,” said Stupak. “But if you can have guacamole and salsas on every table for $21, that definitely pays the rent. Well, it’s not there yet, but we’re trying.”

Midtown Dining, Reimagined

The chef designed the nachos, and the entire menu, to riff on dishes you typically find in midtown restaurants. The nachos are a Mexican-inflected take on a seafood platter. “It’s a fun dish,” Stupak noted. “Midtown dining rooms are historically meant to be fancy, but when fancy chefs put burgers on their menu, it’s what people want to eat. I wanted to make nachos like a cool, sophisticated but fun, midtown dish.” It’s one of the best sellers among the starters.

Unsurprisingly, Stupak has no qualms about serving expensive chips and cheese. “I love dishes that seem emotionally unsophisticated, that you might feel guilty for ordering. But then there you are at the bar, eating $30 nachos, drinking a $15 cocktail, and you’re happy. It’s not even a money thing it’s an easing of cultures, it’s giving Mexican cuisine an edge. If I hadn’t taken this space, someone would be serving a burger at this bar. And we’re not serving a burger. Ever.”


This $1000 Ice Cream Sundae Comes Topped With a Gold Ring

When it comes to ice cream, some people prefer vanilla and some people prefer chocolate. Heck, some people even prefer flavors based off of popular erectile dysfunction medications. However, where are the people who prefer their ice cream topped with sweet, sweet gold? They are most assuredly out there, according to this swank Manhattan eatery.

Chef Sebastien Chamaret at meatpacking district restaurant Bagatelle has just unveiled a dessert called 'Mauboussin Mega Sundae' or the 'Jay Z of Desserts' depending on who you ask. It starts with plain old vanilla ice cream that is then joined by chocolate truffles, homemade macarons, Dom Perignon Rose sorbet, whipped cream, chocolate vodka sauce, gold leaves and brownies that have also been specked with gold. Oh, just in case that didn't wow you, it also comes with a white gold ring that you can wear around town, thus proving your eternal love of desserts.

All of this costs a whopping $1,000! Whoa. If your bank account can handle it, point your diamond-studded iPhone over to Bagatelle.


Mice, roaches close home of $25,000 dessert

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Manhattan restaurant that unveiled a record-breaking $25,000 dessert last week has been forced to shut its doors temporarily due to an infestation of mice and cockroaches.

Serendipity 3 on the Upper East Side failed its second consecutive health inspection in a month on Wednesday night after health officials found a live mouse, mouse droppings in multiple places, flies and dozens of live cockroaches, the Heath Department said.

“We’re rectifying it as quickly as we can,” said owner Steven Bruce, adding the restaurant would then be allowed to reopen.

Serendipity 3 set a Guinness world record on November 7 for the most expensive dessert when it partnered with luxury jeweler Euphoria New York to create “Frrozen Haute Chocolate,” a blend of 28 cocoas fused with 0.2 ounces of edible 23-karat gold.

It comes with an 18-karat gold bracelet with 1 carat of white diamonds at the base of the goblet. The sundae is topped with whipped cream covered with more gold and a side of La Madeline au Truffle from Knipschildt Chocolatier, which sells for $2,600 a pound.

The desert is a more decadent take on Serendipity’s $8.50 “Frrrozen Hot Chocolate,” which the talk show host Oprah Winfrey once endorsed by saying it made her want to “dance on the chandeliers.” Bruce also has a $1,000 ice cream sundae on the menu called Golden Opulence.


The Best Old-School Ice Cream Sundae in New York

If you want to know a real New Yorker’s version of a horror movie, hang out at the West Village location of Magnolia Bakery when a Sex and the City tour bus pulls up outside. For locals, the line that forms day after day outside the faux quaint bakery is an ongoing source of bewilderment, especially when Magnolia’s SATC cameo ranਊll of 30 seconds.

Locals tend to avoid these kinds of daytime lines, but that’s changed of late. At Hong Kong dim sum import Tim Ho Wan, dozens of people gather outside before it opens at at 10 a.m., seeking caramelized pork buns. At the new Chefs Counter, the਌rowd of people waiting for a਌reamy egg brioche Eggslut sandwich from Alvin Cailan persists until they sell out, at noon.

While I਍on’t stand on any of those lines (except, maybe, for a Cronut), I found myself outside Serendipity 3 on a recent, sunny, weekday morning. When I arrived at 11:20 a.m., 10 minutes before the doors should open, a queueਊlready ran halfway down the block. The wait, I was told, would take half an hour.

Watch out for all the photo opps at the Serendipity 3 entrance.

I have been a Serendipity 3 fan since I was a young New Yorker, but not for the glitter and not for the frozen hot chocolate that਎veryone else talks about. I worship the hot fudge sundae. On the face, it’s a straightforward recipe, with a handful of toppings and ice cream options, a big mound of whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry. My choice has always been chocolate chip ice cream (I’m very sure it was Hershey’s brand) doused in thick fudge sauce. 

Its pop-culture roots run deep: Andy Warhol used to pay for his tab there with artwork and called it his favorite sweet shop. More recent guests have included Leonardo DiCaprio, on a date, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, who brought their kids and posted the frozen hot chocolate on Snapchat. It had a starring role in that John Cusack movie Serendipity.  

A new addition to Serendipity 3&aposs tchotchke selection.

Every so often, I check in�use that sundae has remained awesome even as the rest of the menu went਍ownhill. A sludgy chicken pot pie has an undercooked crust an order of nachos comes withਊ truckload of cheese piled up on two chips. I’ve never even been਋rave enough to order anything from the De la Mer section. In general, the foot-long hot dogs are the most solid, savory bet.

The storefront is on East 60th Street, a block from the Magnolia Bakery outpost at Bloomingdale’s. In many ways, Serendipity 3 is the 1OAK of the under-16 set. During daylight hours, there are just as many Dylan’s Candy Store bags as Louis Vuitton brown monogrammed totes. Scores of kids, post-meltdown from the American Girl store, arrive with their parents.ꂯter school, multiple cliques from no-adults parties waveꃎll phones as they wait.

What’s more surprising is how many grownups without kids are waiting, too. The Serendipity sign acts as a de facto step-and-repeat stand for tourists if you pause near the entrance, you will be standing in the way of an iPhone soon enough.

Inside, the entrance is lined with shelves of sparkling earrings and orange Serendipity 3 hoodies for $48. A newer item, the President Trump action figure, is on offer next to a canister of Happy Soap for Your Crappy Life. Beyond is a glimpse into the ground floor dining room, decorated with Tiffany lamps and a few mirrored balls that promise a delirious time for everyone.

Just focus on the sundae section.

The good-natured host ushered us to what he called our Marilyn Monroe table, in a secluded section of the front. “It’s also called the Kardashian table, but we prefer Marilyn,” he said. (It’s next to the Leonardo DiCaprio table, which is smaller.) 

I ordered my hot fudge sundae with three scoops of ice cream𠅌hocolate, coffee, and vanilla. ($12.50) Unfortunately, Serendipity 3 no longer offers chocolate chip. And, because everyone does, I ordered a frozen hot chocolate ($10.95), which is displayed in cute packages at the front of the restaurant.

If you have $1,000 to spend, Serendipity 3 has a sundae for you. But the $12.50 version is better.

The menu has morphed over the years to offer multiple kinds of sundaes. There’s a Forbidden Broadway number with pieces of tasteless chocolate blackout cake wedged into the side ($17.50), andਊ Cinnamon Fun sundae with starchy apple pie (also $17.50, also not an improvement).

The priciest is the Guinness World Record Golden Opulence Sundae, which goes for $1,000. It’s covered in gold leaf, among other things. My waiter said it was his favorite and that the shop sells hundreds𠅊lmost one a day. When my order arrived, I found the frozen hot chocolate as bad as ever, like sweet, chocolate-flavored ice water with a dome of whipped cream. 

The beloved hot fudge sundae.

But the sundae is still ridiculously good. Our waiter (the $1,000 sundae aficionado) said that the ice cream was H๊gen-Dazs, which I don’t believe the company’s vanilla doesn’t usually come with icy chips inside. He also said the hot fudge isn’t homemade but comes in �nisters.”

I don’t care. Piled up in a sundae glass, the sauce is ultra-chocolate-y and so thick it hangs suspended over the side, dripping onto the plate in slow motion. The ice cream, too, hits the right ratio. The chocolate and coffee ice cream is smooth and richly flavored. The whipped cream on top is unsweetened—sweet would have pushed it over the top—with satisfying ridges.

A final touch, the਋right red cherry is perched on one side of the whipped cream pile. In all, it made the perfect lunch.


Good Meals Should Start With an Aperitif

Something to relax the temperament and prepare the palate comes in the form of a before-dinner drink.

$18,000 Martini

Tokyo’s Ritz-Carlton has just the perfect cocktail for those with money to burn: the $18,000 martini. It’s a garden-variety mix of gin and vermouth, but in addition to an olive or twist of lemon, this drink comes with a one-carat diamond. There’s also a personal rendition of the song 𠇍iamonds are Forever” to go along with the drink.

A bottle of Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne.

$275,000 Champagne

Some people don’t care for hard liquor, so perhaps a little bubbly will stimulate the taste buds. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, a bottle of 1907 Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Champagne is going to $275,000 a pop. The wine was on its way to Czar Nicholas II of Russia when the ship carrying it was torpedoed by a German submarine in the Gulf of Finland. A couple of thousand bottles were salvaged in 1998 and are now on the market.

With tongue firmly planted in cheek, someone who tasted this vintage swill described the bubbly as having “intense aromas of gunflint and black rifle powder mixed with a briny note like roasted oysters.”


Restaurant home of world's most expensive dessert closed due to mice and cockroaches

A Manhattan restaurant that unveiled a record-breaking £12,500 dessert last week has been forced to shut its doors due to an infestation of mice and cockroaches.

Serendipity 3 on the Upper East Side failed its second consecutive health inspection in a month on Wednesday night after health officials found a live mouse, mouse droppings in multiple places, flies and dozens of live cockroaches, the Heath Department said.

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"We're rectifying it as quickly as we can," said owner Steven Bruce, adding the restaurant would then be allowed to reopen.

Serendipity 3 set a Guinness world record on November 7 for the most expensive dessert when it partnered with luxury jeweler Euphoria New York to create "Frozen Haute Chocolate," a blend of 28 cocoas fused with 0.2 ounces of edible 23-carat gold.

It comes with an 18-carat gold bracelet with 1 carat of white diamonds at the base of the goblet. The sundae is topped with whipped cream covered with more gold and a side of La Madeline au Truffle from Knipschildt Chocolatier, which sells for $2,600 (£1,300) a pound.

The desert is a more decadent take on Serendipity's $8.50 'Frozen Hot Chocolate,' which the talk show host Oprah Winfrey once endorsed by saying it made her want to "dance on the chandeliers."

Bruce also has a $1,000 ice cream sundae on the menu called Golden Opulence.