If you were planning to head over to East 60th Street, cash in hand, to indulge in the world’s most expensive ice cream confection, it is my unhappy duty to inform you your plans just changed. Serendipity 3‘s Golden Opulence Sundae, priced at $1,000, no longer commands the Guinness World Record for most expensive ice cream.
That title now belongs to Cellato, a Japanese import, that will set you back a cool $6,696 per serving. The frozen confection is made using white Alba truffle, edible gold leaf, sake lees(!), and the world’s finest Parmigiano Reggiano. (If the notion of strong cheese and ice cream strikes you as off-putting, be advised that in the right hands they make for a felicitous pairing.)
As long as we’re raining on Serendipity 3’s parade, I may as well point out that the restaurant has also lost its Guinness bragging rights for world’s most expensive burger. According to the New York Post, the $295 price tag of Serendipity’s Le Burger Extravagant — made using white truffle butter-infused Japanese Wagyu beef, black truffles, and a fried quail egg — has been eclipsed twice over by Philadelphia’s Drury Beer Garden, whose “Gold Standard” burger is fashioned of A5 Wagyu beef, caviar, truffle, lobster flambéed with Louis XIII cognac, gold leaf, and Wexford aged Irish cheddar. The burger, which will set you back $700, comes with fries drizzled with rare and potent 1500+ Manuka Honey and a single ounce side of Louis XIII cognac, aged a minimum of 40 years.