While Boston might not have a $450 pizza or a $1000 ice cream sundae like some cities, there are certainly some dishes around town that almost warrant a luxury tax. Here now for Whale Week is a collection of Boston's priciest dishes, from the straight-up expensive (hello foie gras) to the ones that are simply the least affordable in their class (fancy hot dogs).Read More
Foie Gras to Hot Dogs: Boston's Most Expensive Dishes
While Journeyman features 5- and 7-course tasting menus that change daily, there are a couple of add-ons regularly featured on the menu, including a roasted lobe of foie gras (to share) for $100.
One of Boston's most lauded lobster rolls is also one of the most expensive. You'll have to wait in a long line and shell out $25 for Neptune Oyster's incarnation, served either hot with butter or cold with mayo.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
It's no surprise that this former Financial District bank houses a seafood restaurant with somewhat upscale prices. While many of the seafood dishes are in the unremarkable $30 range, it's the Surf & Turf (1 1/4-lb. lobster and 6-oz. filet mignon) that really dents the wallet at $71.95.
There are plenty of expensive places to get steak in Boston, but Mooo.... provides the added bonus of surrounding you with classy cow-print leather accents while you eat. Try the 16-oz. New York sirloin (prime, dry-aged, bone-in) for $58.
This speakeasy-style newcomer, hidden inside jm Curley, offers an affordable mix of steaks and sides, but high rollers may want to check out the $120 Russian-style caviar service, featuring American sturgeon and served with chilled vodka.
It's rumored that changes are in store for Radius, but for now, diners can live large with a $19 lunch salad, the contents of which change daily.
O Ya has one of the most expensive tasting menus in town, and its a la carte options aren't shy either. Topping out the nigiri section is an interesting concoction of foie gras (with balsamic chocolate kabayaki, claudio corallo raisin cocoa pulp, and sip of aged sake), a tiny portion for $33.
When discussing expensive burgers in town, people generally focus on Craigie on Main ($17) and Radius ($19), but Pigalle has a $24 whopper hidden at the bottom of its menu. The angus burger is topped with sharp cheddar, caramelized and fried onions, and house-made condiments, and it's served with a side of truffle fries.
The steak prices are comparable to Mooo....'s, but the more interestingly expensive items are the high-end classic comfort foods. Want to pay $25 for "epic pot roast" or $27 for meatloaf? This is your place.
You can find veal dishes for $40 at a handful of restaurants around town, but upscale Italian restaurant Sorellina reaches higher with a $47 veal milanese (bone-in natural veal chop, soft polenta, oven-cured tomatoes, Parmigiano).
Another restaurant known for its high-end tasting menus, Clio has a number of a la carte dishes that will make the frugal diner think twice. The appetizer section tops out with a $30 soup (goat butter, slow-cooked egg, black winter truffle).
You can munch on warm cinnamon buns while waiting for your $32 brunch, a fancy version of steak and eggs that features 12 ounces of prime sirloin.
Hamersley's upscale entrees attracted President Obama on one of his recent visits, and it's also one of only a handful of places around town to get venison. The $44.50 grilled loin of New Zealand venison comes with gorgonzola, dried cranberries, toasted hazelnut bread pudding, and port and juniper essence.
Comparable to O Ya in Boston's luxury sushi realm, Oishii features an $80 8-oz. wagyu steak, a fair deal compared to Uni's $30-per-oz. wagyu or the $145 6-oz. cut at Mooo...., but high rollers can bump the price up to $250 to enjoy a mound of shaved black truffles on top of the steak.
The Metropolitan Club
Most of The Metropolitan Club's menu is fairly pricey, so it's not too out of line that even their hot dogs come with a luxury price tag: $14 for a house-made veal sausage dog with sauerkraut and mustard or $16 for an LA-style Kobe foot long.