It’s been said, first by Daniel Defoe and later by Benjamin Franklin, that taxes are one of life’s certainties (the other is too unpleasant to even mention here). As Tax Day looms on April 17th in the states and on April 30 in Canada, we’ve rounded up some splurges and offers for those of you looking to put your refund money where your mouths are. Check out these Tax Day 2018 restaurant offers for how to spend yours in delicious style.
Addison, San Diego, California
At chef William Bradley’s fine dining institution in Del Mar, San Diego, wine and beverage director Rafael Sanchez offers The Corpse Reviver XIII cocktail, priced at $250, is the perfect indulgence for Addison dinner guests that have a little extra cash to burn. The drink features Rémy Martin Louis XIII Cognac (aged for 40+ years), Adrien Camut “Rarete” (75-year-old Calvados, which Addison is only allocated one or two bottles a year), and Mancini Vecchio Vermouth. And the cocktail itself is garnished with gold dust — naturally. Make a reservation at Addison.
Stake Chophouse & Bar, Coronado, California
The dining experience at this steakhouse offering rooftop dining with views of Coronado Island is rich on pomp and circumstance. Before each meal, Stake presents diners with a beautiful selection of finely sharpened steak knives, allowing guests to choose what feels best in their hands. With options including a Japanese, French or German-made, all are uniquely elegant in their own right offering variety in balance, blade, and beauty. Then, high rollers can opt in to the five-course “Stake Experience” priced at $140 per person, which affords a customized menu by chef Kolanko based on the diner’s preferences and chef’s choice and offers optional wine pairings from beverage director Teddy Panos. A platter of raw steaks is presented tableside, and, much like choosing a dessert from a display tray, diners have the opportunity to see their cut firsthand instead of imagining it’s dimension and attributes from paper. Make a reservation at Stake Chophouse & Bar.
Oceana, New York, New York
Executive chef Bill Telepan has a mouthwatering offer for shellfish lovers with a tax refund burning a hole in their pockets. Oceana, one of Midtown Manhattan’s seafood staples, presents The Poseidon, a decadent selection of seafood from the restaurant’s raw bar, costing a cool $575. It features two pounds of king crab (or four pounds, if stone crab is unavailable), two pounds of stone crab, six orders of half lobster, a dozen oysters (six east coast and six west coast), and 12 pieces of juicy shrimp. It’s the ultimate shared shellfish experience. Make a reservation at Oceana.
L’Abattoir’s No. 1 Gaoler’s Mews, Vancouver, British Columbia
Once a month, the team at L’Abattoir in Vancouver’s historic Gastown neighborhood hosts an intimate and immersive VIP dining experience titled No. 1 Gaoler’s Mews. The restaurant-within-a-restaurant chef’s table experience offers eight culinary aficionados a unique opportunity to take part in a seasonal 10-course meal of French-via-West-Coast fare prepared by award-winning chef Lee Cooper. The splurge-worthy evening also includes personalized welcome packages mailed in advance, fine crystal glassware and table settings, custom décor, and keepsake gifts for each guest to take home. Individual tickets are priced at $275 (includes food and wine pairings, keepsake gifts, tax, and gratuity) and are released on the 1st of each month, one month prior to the event. Learn more here.
Le Moo, Louisville, Kentucky
Go ultra-luxe at Le Moo with a unique chef’s tableside presentation of the $248 Miyazaki Wagyu, a Grade A5, marble score-10 cut from Miyazaki, Japan, considered the best steak in the world. Mark the moment with a complimentary certificate of authenticity featuring an official nose-print from the cattle and the option to add your fingerprint. Next-level things by calling ahead and requesting to dine at Le Moo’s one-of-a-kind vintage Louis Vuitton booth, which is made with 17 pieces of vintage luggage and accommodates four to five diners. Make a reservation at Le Moo.
Didn’t get a fat refund? Don’t fret. The team at ROOH has you covered with tax-free libations all day at the bar and on the patio to raise your spirits, from 11:30AM-10PM. ROOH’s signature Indian-inspired cocktails tap into the six Rasas (sweet, sour, salt, bitter, pungent, and astringent) and include Patna Fizz, made with gin, lychee, mushroom, egg white, and ROOH masala. Make a reservation at ROOH.
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Vancouver, British Columbia
Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar is known for its award-winning seafood-forward cuisine, thoughtful wine program, and a refined dining experience. Spoil yourself with the over-the-top Seafood Tower Royale, which, at $500 is one of the showiest items on the menu — and for good reason. The majestic seafood tower features three tiers of premium West Coast seafood served on ice with elegant garnishes. The most expensive seafood tower in Vancouver, this wow-worthy tower, with two dozen oysters, two pounds of Nova Scotia lobster, two pounds of Alaskan crab, caviar service, and an array of composed seafood plates, is designed to impress VIPs. Make a reservation at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar.
SakaMai, New York, New York
Chef Takanori Akiyama elevates the humble sandwich at his revered Lower East Side spot with the Wagyu Katsu Sando. Priced at $85, it is an ode to the classic Japanese preparation and features the center section of an A5-grade Miyazaki Wagyu beef fillet that is then breaded, fried, and served between two pieces of lightly toasted, crustless milk bread and topped with a housemade katsu sauce. The ingredients are limited, so the restaurant serves just five sandwiches per day. Plan ahead and get there early. Wash it back with a selection from their extensive sake and shochu offerings. Make a reservation at SakaMai.
Havana Beach Bar & Grill at The Pearl Hotel, South Walton, Florida
The fine folks at Havana Beach Bar & Grill created a special “Millionaire Menu” highlighting cocktails featuring some of the finest priced liquors and ingredients. “It began in jest, as a thought of ‘no one would pay for a drink of that price’, however, once presented to our guests, the menu has taken off and become a draw of its own. Our guests recognize the extreme quality in the ingredients used and appreciate the menu as a unique opportunity to try a drink that cannot be found anywhere else,” says The Pearl Hotel food and beverage director Kevin Dixon. The Millionaire Menu Sidecar gets its high price tag and complex flavors from the cognac and liqueur that is used. XIII Cognac is an exquisite blend of up to 1,200 grapes eaux-de-vie sourced 100% from Grande Champagne, the first cru of the Cognac region. With the meticulous aging process in oak barrels, this Cognac is one of the most complex and finest Cognacs available. With the addition of Grand Marnier 1880, made from Cognacs aged for up to 60 years, the Sidecar commands a price indicative of the liquors it contains – a cool $800. Make a reservation at Havana Beach Bar & Grill at The Pearl Hotel.
Delmonico’s, New York, New York
One of the “Ten Restaurants That Changed America,” ordering off the regular menu can be an indulgence depending on how hungry one is, but if you want an extra baller meal, order off executive chef Billy Oliva’s secret billionaire menu. It’s not printed anywhere, but ask your bartender for one of two dishes available only in the bar room — The Billionaire’s Flatbread for $150 made with Wagyu beef, Hudson Valley foie gras, lobster, mushrooms, black truffle shavings, mascarpone, and edible 24-carat gold-leaf shavings, or Wall Street Grilled Cheese which features two slices of thick cut brioche you’ll bite into L’Etivaz cheese, Scharfe Maxx cheese, chef Billy’s bacon (cured in-house and slow-roasted for 18 hours with aged maple), fig mustard, caramelized onions, and black truffle shavings. There’s also the Gold Moon dessert collection that includes a 24-karat twist on the classic black and white cookie for $50 each, featuring edible 24-karat gold leaf icing as well as Delmonico’s Billionaire Milkshake for $35 created with chocolate ice cream, edible 24-karat gold leaf shavings, caramelized macadamia nuts, chocolate shavings, caramelized cherries, and cookie crumbs. Make a reservation at Delmonico’s.
Coquille Fine Seafood, Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver’s new must-try seafood-focused eatery Coquille Fine Seafood offers a wide-ranging and inventive menu of fresh-caught seafood and shellfish dishes all served in a contemporary dining room with elegant, nautically-inspired decor. The Dungeness crab and spinach dip may have you feeling a bit sticker shocked at $48, but do not let that deter you from ordering this anything-but-ordinary dip. A crowd favorite at the restaurant, it’s prepared with a whole Dungeness crab and served warm in the crab shell with fresh-grilled sourdough bread. Make a reservation at Coquille Fine Seafood.
SW Steakhouse, Las Vegas, Nevada
Have your cognac -– and eat it, too, with this unique offering at SW Steakhouse. The Louis XIII Grand Gold Ba, priced at $100, is inspired by one of the most treasured spirits in the world – Louis XIII cognac, one of the rarest and most prestigious cognacs in the world. An ultra-extravagant candy bar, it combines Valrhona Caraibe dark chocolate ganache with praline crunch and Louis XIII caramel. The bar is enrobed in edible 23K gold and presented with a disc of Louis XIII caramel ice cream. The dessert is served tableside in a custom-made box inspired by SW’s luxe interior design. Make a reservation at SW Steakhouse.
Zuma, Miami, Florida
Zuma Miami has launched the city’s most unique and indulgent Sturia caviar x Krug Champagne pairing, available exclusively for $279 for two guests, that is anything but traditional, an experience caviar connoisseurs will appreciate. Featuring a classic take on the caviar and Champagne pairing, Zuma uses Japanese flavors to complement exceptional Sturia’s ultimate caviar, the Oscietra Grand Cru (selected for its luminous, firm grains, and notes of marine flavors with a touch of dried fruit) served in a 30g tin with a half bottle of Krug Grand Cuvée Champagne (which offers exceptional finesse and freshness to complement the outstanding culinary components). With accompaniments including fresh yuzu tofu with smoked sea salt, housemade nori rice crackers and matcha rice crackers, truffle soboro, crispy rice pearls, and wakamono, this offering is ideal for a celebratory splurge. Make a reservation at Zuma.
Rich Table, San Francisco, California
A Bay Area favorite, Rich Table’s “Chef’s Picks” tasting menu and wine pairings for $98 and $78, respectively, is a bit of a splurge – but worth every penny. Every diner at the table gets a different dish at each course, so if you dine with three other people, you can pretty much work your way through the entire menu in one sitting. Things kick off with a series of bites, including their famous porcini doughnuts and sardine chips, and then move into small plates, pastas, mains, and a selection of their dessert. You can usually expect chef de cuisine Brandon Rice to whip up a special dish or two available only on the tasting menu as well. Make a reservation at Rich Table.
Poggio Trattoria, Sausalito, California
Oenophiles can celebrate with the simpler splurges of a hearty steak and a choice ( or, rather, very choice) bottle of wine in sunny Sausalito. Order the Bistecca all Fiorentina – an oak-grilled porterhouse steak, which feeds two to three diners for $79 and pair it with the $1,200 2008 Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, which received a whopping 96 points from Wine Spectator, who called it, “Deliciously ripe, complex and aromatic, yet tight and closed, with dried currant, loamy earth, mocha, cedar, blueberry and plum flavors. The impressive finish shows detailed flavors and nuances. Full-blown, yet not as ripe as some Harlans.” If Uncle Sam wasn’t that kind to you, go with a 2014 Stags Leap Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon for $175 and a wood-grilled filet or bone-in New York strip. Make a reservation at Poggio Trattoria.
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Photo credits: St. Joe Club Resorts (Havana Beach Bar & Grill); Blue Bridge Hospitality (Stake Chophouse & Bar); 3 Day Monk (SakaMai); Amy Ho (Boulevard); Ediblicious Photography (L’Abbatoir).