Culinary high$ and low$
Serendipity's Golden Opulence Sundae is the world's most expensive sundae
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Traditionally, comfort food leaves ones belly and wallet equally full, but in New York, sometimes the price tags are shocking. Below, comfort foods at both ends of the pricing spectrum.
High: Atria, $12 for three
At this Midtown east spot, pastry chef Seth Caros signature butterscotch doughnuts come with bacon powder and braised pineapple ice cream.
13-15 W. 54th St. btwn Fifth and Sixth aves., 212-262-4600
Low: Dunkin Donuts 99 cents
The omnipresent donut chain offers the cheapest one around. You cant watch them coming fresh off the line as you can at Krispy Kreme but it still beats their prices.MAC 'N CHEESE:
High: Waverly Inn $55
The $55 macaroni n cheese adorned with truffles is as equally reviled and admired as the restaurant itself. Either way, the issue is moot, unless you can actually get a table.
16 Bank St. at Waverly Place, 212-243-7900
Low: Mamas $4 large mac n cheese, $1 side
If comfort food is meant to be cheap and evoke memories of childhoods passed Mamas delivers on both fronts with cafeteria-esque seating and serving and home kitchen wall dÃ©cor.
200 East 3rd St. btwn A and B, 212-777-4425
High: Wall Street Burger Shoppe $175
The crisis on Wall Street hasnt driven down the cost of this $175 Kobe beef burger with black truffles, seared foie gras, aged gruyere cheese, wild mushrooms and flecks of gold on a brioche bun.
30 Water St. btwn Broad and Coenties Slip, 212-425-1000
Low: Hollis Famous Burger & Hip-Hop Museum $1
A dollar will get you a mini-burger and museum entrance, with over 100 hip hop artifacts from neighborhood locals such as Run DMC, LL Cool J and Ja Rule.
Hollis Avenue & 203rd St, Queens, 718-740-6114
High: GILT $35
GILTS Gossip Girl Grilled Cheese rose to fame in the shows pilot episode Serena van der Woodsens drunk munchies. Originally priced at $50, the price has been lowered.
455 Madison Avenue, 212-891-8100
Low: Dale Bagels on Fifth $3
If you happen to live or find yourself around Bay Ridge take advantage of the $3 grilled cheeses at Dales - open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
7715 Fifth Avenue, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn 718-680-5700
High: Serendipity 3, Golden Opulence Sundae $1,000
This is the worlds most expensive sundae Guiness certified and all. It includes dragets, truffles, rare cocoa beans, and is topped with the worlds most expensive chocolate - Amedei Porceleana. Its all served in a crystal goblet with an 18K gold spoon.
225 60th street btwn Second and Third aves., 212-838-3531
Low: Rays Candy Store $2
Open 24 hours, this tiny space with minimal counter seating has somehow managed to survive gentrification of Tompkins Square Park and Ray himself continues serving dollar ice cream cones in neighborhood corner store style.
113 Avenue A, btwn Seventh St. and St. Marks $1 212-505-7609