Ben Shewy, the general manager Australia’s Attica (a name that probably wouldn’t work in New York), talks to the good people at Eater about his restaurant’s variable pricing model.
Alinea, Next and Elizabeth in Chicago all serve tasting menus whose price depends on the night of the week, but Attica in Melbourne is the first restaurant we know of outside the United States who does so as well. In other words, expect to see more of this, everywhere.
Now technically, true variable pricing is offering the same menu at a different price, but this is a unique enough situation where I’d argue we can expand the definition a bit.
Attica debuted on the “World’s Best Restaurants” list at #21.
You want de true true? WD-50’s Wylie Dufresne speak de true true. Props to Eater’s Gabe Ulla for the fine interview. This is a good thing, as we’ve long argued against the necessity of entrees here at The Price Hike and The Bad Deal. For more WD-50 reading, here’s my Bloomberg News review of the restaurant.
That’s how Pearl & Ash’s Patrick Cappiello responds when Levi Dalton notices that over half the wines at the downtown Manhattan restaurant are $100 or higher. Click through for the full interview. And check out Pearl & Ash’s full wine list, fellow brothers and sisters. (Source: Eater).
The Price Hike’s Ryan Sutton (that’s me) chats about corkage fees with Eater’s Talia Baiocchi. I’m not entirely opposed to bringing wines to high-end restaurants, but diners should be careful to respect the individual wine culture of each venue, and one certainly shouldn’t bring a wine to an ambitious spot to “save money.” (Source: Eater National).
Chef Alfred Portale talks with Eater’s Gabe Ulla about the menu prices at Gotham Bar & Grill and about the possibility of opening up some new joints. It’s a great interview, though to be precise, Gotham’s mains, on the current online menu, are $35-$49 (with one exception: a $26 squash entree on the “weekly specials”). Starters are generally $21-$29.
There’s also caviar service ($100-$325), large-format steaks that can range from $115-$135, as well as a tasting menu, which rose by $15 last year, following a three-star New York Times review.
Yes, we’ve dined at Gotham. Yes, we love it. Yes, we’ll be back. But Portale might be misunderestimating his prices by a few dollars. (Source: Eater).