That Costs WHAT?!?
I wish I'd thought of this idea, which is going to be a regular feature on the NY Times' Diner's Journal blog:
Wow. The article does go on to compare tea prices at other restaurants and offer BLT's attempt at justifying that price, which really is a bit outrageous, isn't it? $7 cocktails don't surprise anyone any more, but $7 for a mint teabag and some hot water? How delicious can it possibly be?
These are tough times. Companies have downsized. The price of fuel has skyrocketed. The economy is in the dumps. And if you’re intent on vacationing in a country with a currency significantly flimsier than the dollar, you’re pretty much stuck with Zimbabwe.
These are times, in short, to be especially watchful of price. And in that spirit Diner’s Journal inaugurates this occasional feature, “That Costs WHAT?!?”
It will spotlight restaurant items or things sold in food-related establishments or food-related services with prices that stop a consumer short, for worse or for better.
It will pause to ponder those prices. It may try to put them into some kind of context. It will serve as a warning in the case of a high price, or as a helpful tip in the case of a bargain.
And best of all, it costs nothing!For this, the first installment of the series, we turn to the restaurant BLT Market.
For the uninitiated: it’s part of the fleetly expanding BLT fiefdom, which began with the BLT Steak in Midtown and has grown to include many additional BLTs in New York and in other cities. There’s not a whole lot we can predict about life in future colonies on other planets in our solar system, but we know this: there will be a BLT Jupiter, followed quickly by a BLT Pluto.
BLT stands for Bistro Laurent Tourondel, the chef who presides, usually in absentia, over each BLT. BLT Market opened last summer in the Ritz-Carlton on Central Park South. It’s different from other BLTs in certain ways, but the same as most of them in one way.
It’s not cheap.
Especially not the hot tea.
Which costs $7.