Food is a precious art form. We foodies can unite and agree on this.
But how do you know when the artistic implementation of food has gone too far? What exactly makes dishes in New York City crazy?
For one, the price-- because paying for decadence can really get out of hand; and other times, it's the ingredients and the composition that make the dish downright outrageous.
Regardless of how you feel about outrageous foods in NYC, there are some days when you just have to try it, instead of living with the regret that you didn't. So if you are feeling a little adventurous and willing to splurge, here are 12 over-the-top, insanely delicious dishes you must try in NYC.
1. Golden Opulence Sundae from Serendipity 3 (225 East 60th Street)
Love it or hate it, Serendipity 3 is a famous NYC dessert staple, but dear God, what were they thinking way back in 2007 when they created their infamous Golden Opulence Sundae? This major food WTF set a Guinness World Record when it was created for being the world's most expensive ice cream sundae.
So where does the whopping $1,000 price tag come from?
It starts with three scoops of Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, then from there, the dollars keep building up with the edition of 23 karat gold leaf, Amedei Porcelana chocolate syrup, toppings of exotic, rare chocolates, candied fruits, and nuts.
Oh, and to finish it off, there's dessert caviar. Yep. Dessert caviar. Who even knew such a thing existed?
By the way, if you want one of these bad boys, you'd better call two days in advance, as the ingredients need time to be flown in from different points of the world. At least you know it'll be fresh, right?
2. Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata from Norma's (119 West 56th Street)
New Yorkers love brunch, am I right? Imagine spending all your brunch expenses from the past five years on one dish: Norma's $1,000 lobster frittata topped with a whopping ten ounces of caviar.
You could get the same dish for $100 with only one ounce of caviar, but at that point, why spare any expense?
This infamous dish includes one pound of lovely lobstered bedded on top of eggs and fried potatoes. Oh, and the caviar... of course.
3. db Bistro's Original db Burger (55 West 44th Street)
Burgers are intense foods that require perfect form to properly consume, but have you ever heard of a burger stuffed with fine foods?
This burger has left a serious legacy behind in the world of NYC burgers, and it's probably because this sirloin burger is stuffed with short ribs, foie gras, and black truffles.
Heavy, rich, and savory, this burger surmounts all possibilities, and you're not a burger connoisseur unless you've tackled this one. Just do it!
4. Nugchos from The Nugget Spot (230 East 14th Street)
NYC is famous for its hybrid foods that seem to pop up randomly, and the nugchos from The Nugget Spot are no exception.
Nugchos are a recent concoction of chicken nuggets (breaded in tortilla chips) covered in queso and topped with jalapeños, pico de gallo, and ranch dressing.
This is outrageous, but for all the right reasons, you know? Hurry up though, because this special only lasts for one week. Hopefully they'll bring it back if you miss it.
5. Bagels from Tompkins Square Bagels (165 Avenue A)
We all know and love Tompkins Square Bagels, but you gotta admit, they do some pretty crazy things with bagels, right?
And here, crazy only has the best connotation because if birthday cake batter cream cheese is crazy, lock me up and throw me in the foodies' insane asylum!
It doesn't stop there, though. All your favorite sweet foods are blended into cream cheese flavors or bagels, guaranteed.
And don't forget they also have mac and cheese bagels, which is just as genius as genius can be.
6. The Donut Burger from Burger Bistro (various NYC locations)
This food is basically a donut breakfast sandwich (and probably a heart attack) combined with a downright delicious burger. Trippy AF, right?
If you thought that db Burger was crazy, then here's another ballistic burger that will completely blow your mind.
Yes, Burger Bistro