New York City offers near countless ways to extravagantly indulge oneself, with almost too many choices for a person looking to pamper. Haute Living is here to help with this month’s What’s Haute. From the most luxurious hotel suites and spa treatments to the city’s most expensive dishes and cocktails, we hope you’ll find the time-and capital- needed to enjoy these record-breaking offerings.
By Sara Neff
Four Season’s Ty Warner Penthouse
57 East 57th Street, NYC
The anticipated collaboration between visionary hotel owner Ty Warner and architects Peter Marino and I.M. Pei has come to fruition in the $30,000/night penthouse suite at the quintessential Four Seasons New York Hotel. Best described as an extensive exploration of the possibilities of residential living at the highest level, The Ty Warner Penthouse is pure opulence. A $50 million investment, the penthouse takes up an entire floor for maximum openness and unfettered panoramic views highlighted by floating balconies and floor-to-ceiling bay windows. The nine-room penthouse, accessed by private elevator, includes a library, spa, Zen garden, powder room, and breakfast room. Every room has a distinctive design aesthetic with semi-precious stoned surfaces, walls of hand-applied straw marquetry, and collectible furniture. Of course, the $30,000/night tab includes unlimited use of a Rolls Royce or Maybach, personal trainer, full spa treatments, and a 24/7 personal butler.
Peninsula Suite at the Peninsula
700 Fifth Avenue # 21, NYC
The 3,000-square-foot Peninsula Suite possesses the ambience of a pre-war city residence with spectacular views down Fifth Avenue. The suite showcases decorative fireplaces, original art set on silk-covered walls, a grand piano in the living room, and a library whose cabinets conceal a state-of-the-art audio/video system, including a 52″ television. The king-size bed in the large master bedroom is covered with none other than Italian Fili d’Oro linens and a silk down duvet. The adjoining oversized marble bathroom features double vanities, a Jacuzzi with a television, and a shower with a smoked glass window and a rainshower showerhead. The suite’s dining room seats 10, and a second bedroom is complete with a second bedroom with its own dressing area and bath for overnight guests. The $15,000 per night Peninsula Suite can be transformed into a three-bedroom by adding an adjoining Deluxe Suite for $17,500 a night.
Cornelia Day Resort
663 Fifth Avenue, 8th Floor, NYC
Cornelia is synonymous with customization; each and every service is specially tailored to reflect every client’s needs. This preeminent luxury day resort integrates cutting-edge technology, traditional touch therapies, and product innovation. Cornelia is a sanctuary that provides innovative and result-driven treatments that make wonders, such as the $1,500 Microblation Body, a gentle yet powerful revolutionary nonsurgical treatment that uses an antibacterial saline solution to exfoliate, tighten, and even-out skin tone; there’s also the $500 combination Microblation and tryphasic combination facial; the $900 Cornelia Detox program; and Manhattan’s first and only Watsu pool, a saltwater roof-top pool where therapists perform underwater shiatsu-massage treatments. Cornelia is such great place to revive your energies, even the tab won’t raise your eyebrows!
Mandarin Oriental Spa
80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street, NYC
You already know what to expect from anything related to the Mandarin Oriental: nothing less than pure luxe and indulgence. By offering the ideal combination of ancient Asian healing philosophies and modern Western techniques, the Mandarin Oriental Spa offers a holistic approach to wellness with state-of-the-art facilities and treatments such as the $615 Oriental Harmony. As the name suggests, two therapists correspond in time and movement during a warm scrub that smoothes and replenishes the skin, and a harmonious synchronized massage that balances the body. The treatment begins with a soothing foot bath in purifying waters, and concludes with both head and feet being massaged simultaneously.
Nino’s Bellissima Pizza
890 2nd Avenue, NYC
Owner Nino Selimaj who owns six pizzerias in New York, offers a $1,000 pizza at his Nino’s Bellissima location. With 24-hour notice, $1,000 can get you a 12-inch thin crust topped with Petrossian Caviar (comprised of the roe of sturgeon and other salted fishes), lobster tail, crème fraiche, and chives. One of the city’s most extravagant offerings, the $1,000 pizza sets the record as the most expensive pizza in the world.
Serendipity’s Golden Opulence
225 East 60th Street, NYC
The only serendipitous place where you can buy a Tiffany lamp or teddy bear and order a hot dog or caviar for dinner. This witty and entertaining locale, (also known as the inspiration of the movie named after it) is the only place in the city where you’ll find a $1,000 dessert. The Golden Opulence Sundae is a creation of the best the world of sweets has to offer, with three scoops of the richest Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla beans, covered with 23-carat edible gold leaf, drizzled with the world’s most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porceleana, and chunks of rare Chuao chocolate. In addition, the sundae is suffused with exotic candied fruits from Faucon, gold dragets, chocolate truffles and topped with a tiny glass bowl of Grande Passion Caviar. Served in a Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet with an18-carat gold spoon, this dessert even garners a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
Norma’s Zillion Dollar Frittata
Le Parker Meridien New York
118 West 57th Street, NYC
A fashionable eatery in Le Parker Meriden, Norma’s is marked by a refreshingly clean contemporary ambiance. Voted “Best Breakfast” by the Zagat Survey in 2000, Norma’s breakfast dishes are characterized as “breakfast like mom never made” and served all day for those who enjoy a tasty breakfast at six in the evening-completely understandable in the city that never sleeps! Norma’s Zillion Dollar Frittata is no ordinary omelette. With a $1,000 pricetag, it consists of a mix of six eggs, one lobster, one and a half tablespoons of lobster stocks, 10 ounces of Sevruga caviar, and an optional splash of whiskey and Beurre Marnie. With the Frittata’s price close to its calorie-intake, may be a great extravagant dish for brunch.
10 Columbus Circle, NYC
Conceived by Thomas Keller, internationally renowned for his innovation and dedication in his culinary pursuits, and renowned owner of awarded French Laundry in the Napa Valley, Per Se is an extension of Keller’s West Coast success in New York City. Reflecting Keller’s intense focus on detail that extends to cuisine, presentation, mood and surroundings, Per Se is an intimate locale with a dining room that holds just 15 tables and boasts spectacular views of Central Park. The restaurant also accommodates a salon, bar, wine cellar, a private room for 10 and another that contains up to 60 guests. Per Se serves succulent American Cuisine deeply rooted in classical French culinary. The restaurant offers two prix fixe menus: a nine-course vegetable tasting, and a nine-course chef’s tasting menu that changes daily. Both menus priced at $250 showcase an array of fresh seasonal ingredients and refined taste.
The Blue Bar-Algonquin Hotel’s $10,000 Martini
45 West 44th Street, NYC
Located in the landmarked Algonquin Hotel, the Blue Bar’s “Martini on the Rock” a $10,000 concoction, requires a 72-hour advance reservation. The time needed to hold a meeting with the hotel’s preferred jeweler to select the perfect diamond that will garnish your drink. Once your stone is appraised and purchased, your customized Martini (as the $10,000 give you the liberty to pick you choice of gin) or traditional mix of Belvedere Vodka and Martini & Rossi vermouth will be poured onto the acquired rock. In reality the Martini’s final price depends on size and cut of the diamond purchased.
The London Bar’s 550 Bentley Sidecar Cocktail
151 West 54th Street, NYC
Gordon Ramsay’s stylish London Bar serves one of the most luxe cocktails in the city. The Bentley Sidecar, a $550 cocktail, is made of 20oz. Hennessy Ellipse ($5,000 per bottle), 1oz. Grand Marnier 150 year ($200 per bottle), and a splash of lemon juice. Furthermore the Hennessy is poured from a Baccarat crystal decanter designed by Tomas Bastide. You don’t get to keep the decanter but you can enjoy the premium cognacs poured from it.