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NYC restaurant Serendipity 3 sets record for world’s most expensive chips

By abc.net.au , in World News , at July 27, 2021 Tags: , ,


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Do you want fries with that? What if they were going to set you back hundreds?

A restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in New York City is plating up the most expensive chips on the planet, with a single serve going for $US200 ($271).

The costly snack joins an already pricey menu, with Serendipity 3 also claiming world records for the most expensive burger ($US295) and ice cream sundae ($US1,000).

Guinness World Records certified the feat on July 13, making the fries officially the most expensive on Earth.

“Serendipity is really a happy place,” creative director and chef Joe Calderone said.

Fries, dusted in gold, grated cheese and covered in thinly sliced pieces of truffles are plated next to a bowl of cheese.
The potato chips are cooked in champagne, sprinkled with edible gold and seasoned with truffle salt.(

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The creme de la creme pommes frites start out as Chipperbec potatoes. They are blanched, or scalded, in vinegar and champagne.

Then they are fried in pure goose fat, not oil, and not once but twice, so they are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

Sprinkled with edible gold and seasoned with truffle salt and truffle oil, they are served on a crystal plate with an orchid, thin-sliced truffles, and a Mornay cheese dip.

The sauce, too, is infused with truffles, a rare seasonal mushroom.

Two men pose for a photo in a pink restaurant, where they're holding their world record certificate. Two men pose for a photo in a pink restaurant, where they're holding their world record certificate.
Calderone and Schoen-Kiewert thought the fancy fries would be a good way to announce the restaurant’s return after its COVID-19 closure. (

Reuters: Eduardo Munoz

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“Truffle is the main star here,” corporate executive chef Frederick Schoen-Kiewert said.

Like many restaurants, Serendipity was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and Calderone and Schoen-Kiewert thought the fancy fries would be a good way to announce its return.

The plan is working. There is an eight to 10-week waitlist for the chips.

“It’s been a rough year and a half for everyone, and we need to have some fun now,” Calderone said.

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