2/29/2012 09:00:00 AM

Worth It? Tasting 8 Of New York's Most Expensive Drinks

Yes, this drink costs $50. 
How much is too much to spend on a cocktail? These days many New Yorkers think nothing of spending upwards of $15 on a drink (an average cost), but that price is slowly creeping up and it seems like the days of $20 cocktails aren’t that far off. A number of places have already crossed that threshold – and then some. But are more expensive drinks worth the dough? In the name of investigative journalism we banished our blue jeans, put on our finest duds and set out to test the city’s eight most expensive cocktails (while dropping $300 in the process). Read on to find out which drinks were worth their hefty price tags.

19 comments :

  1. What moron would pay $50 for a single drink?!

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    1. There are obviously too many people in NYC who earn far too much and do not care how they spend it. $25 -$50 for a drink is indecent especially in a world where far too many people are having serious financial problems.
      The answer- go somewhere else.

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    2. Mom always said: Drink your beer, their are poor children in the world who are sober

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  2. What moron would pay more than $15 for a drink?

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  3. This is one of the funniest Zagat blog posts I have ever read! I wish I could have tagged along on this adventure- sounds very fun! I especially like the cost per sip. And thanks for providing a cheaper alternative!

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  4. I had a $20 glass of wine at the Gramercy Park Hotel once and it was awesome. But that's probably because I had several glasses before it. I definitely wouldn't have paid $20 if I was thinking straight! I don't even remember what kind of wine it was.

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  5. this post (so funny) brings up a question I have always wondered. how much do you tip on drinks when they're really expensive? still 20%? or is it okay to give less?

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  6. I feel like I've been robbed if I spend more than $15 on a drink. $50?! Yiiiiikes

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  7. Come to Santa Fe. Maria's has a menu of more than 50 margaritas ranging from $6 to $50. I was hoping for something *really* expensive!

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  8. I'm with the other 99% here. If Zagat is declaring that the "average price" of a drink in New York is $15, they're obviously hanging out in some clubs I'd never set foot in.

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  9. I long ago stopped ordering cocktails in certain restaurants, where I knew the price was prohibitive. The wine prices are off the wall (but they always were). So what we do now, is call ahead and ask if there is a "corkage fee", and if it is reasonable, we bring our on bottle of wine to the establishment. If we want a cocktail, we'll have one at home with some canapes before heading out to the restaurant. It beats paying $100.00 extra for a party of 4.

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  10. I'm a professional Rugby player and while I'm not an expert at expensive cocktails, I do know a thing or two about being a good drinking partner. First, you need a great sense of humor. Second, you need an open wallet. I'm willing to bet one of these $60 drinks that Ms. Rothschild would be an AMAZING drinking partner!

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  11. Our club in Naples Florida pours a house chardonnay and it is priced at $8 for six ounces for a wine that sells for $6 a bottle. I am not sure what is worse, one drink for $25 or three glasses of awful wine for $24.

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  12. How do you top that? Light your (expensive) cigar with a fifty? Or wipe your butt with it?

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  13. As a new yorker I disagree that we don't mind spending $15 on a drink. We don't like to it is just that when you go out those are the prices and if you want to drink we have to pay it. I don't know why people think that a majority of new yorkers make a lot of money. That is a misconception.

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  14. Proving yet again that New York is rife with insanity.

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  15. This post highlights one reason I like tea so much. Some of the most expensive teas I've ever seen for sale have been around $8 for 2 grams, enough to brew a single cup of tea. That's less than a lot of more moderately-priced mixed drinks in New York.

    And when you buy tea of that high quality, you can usually get several steepings out of the leaves...so per cup, you're talking only a few dollars.

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  16. What kind of a party is there when drinks are $15 ? You have your 2 drinks then you go home...end of party.


    No Thanks

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