In a highly unscientific survey/ calculation, the gang at New York Mag’s Grub Street came up with what they believe are the highest grossing dishes in New York City’s restaurants.
I was happy to see a plate I’ve consumed (way too) often make number 1 on the list, with an estimated annual gross of over $1.2 million:
1. The Spotted Pig, Cheeseburger: $17
Description: Char-grilled eight-ounce burger with Roquefort cheese and shoestring potatoes
Daily Volume: Approx. 200 orders
Food Cost: 19 percent or $3.25 (La Frieda ground beef at $3.99 per pound, or $2 for eight ounces; brioche bun, $0.50; Roquefort cheese, $10 per pound, or $0.50; fries and garnish, $0.25)
Yearly Gross: $1,241,000
I can’t understand how this could possibly be the highest grossing dish in NYC, what with all the sushi palaces and steakhouses that are still clinging to life after the bull market binge. Even at the gourmet chinese restaurants, a side dish will run you more than the $17 Cheeseburger at The Spotted Pig.
I guess frequency wins out, and the Pig must be doing brisk business to have had a dish atop this list.
Congrats to chef/owner April Bloomfield. Save me a burger.
Want to see the rest of the list:
Photo by Robyn Lee