What Do $1000 24-Karat Chicken Wings Taste Like?
Ever wondered what gold tastes like? This New York City restaurant will help you find out.
It’s not every day that you go out to eat and see golden chicken wings displayed on the menu – at least not any that cost $1000 and are made out of 24 karats. The Ainsworth in East Village and Chelsea in New York City offers three tiers of chicken wings covered in gold ranging from ten wings for $30, twenty wings for $60 and fifty wings plus a bottle of Jay-Z's Champagne Armand de Brignac for $1,000.
The wings look like everything you would expect of anything encrusted in 24 karats. They sparkle in the light and partially melt off into the dipping sauce of your choice before ending all over your face by the time you’re done eating them. This standard of gourmet dining is almost on par with the $10,000 Martini that comes with a diamond at the bottom of the glass.
So how exactly are they made? First, the wings are brined in a lemon and bay leaf mix for 12 hours. They are then massaged in a paprika and garlic rub before being baked and fried. The liquid gold (which in this case is the butter) is flavored with honey buffalo sauce before the wings and thoroughly tossed in the decadent deliciousness. Finally, 24-karat gold dust is sprinkled on top of the wings before being served. If you’re wondering how much this costs, each 50-wing mountain is covered in $200 worth of gold dust. After you’re done, you’ll have to take a golden lipstick selfie for a keepsake.
But is eating all of that gold really that safe? While the F.D.A. hasn’t thoroughly studied the effects of eating gold, the E.U. has classified it as harmless. It doesn’t taste or smell like anything and breaks down during regular digestion. So if you’re ever in New York and want to try these delicious golden wings, remember that you can still get a taste of ten wings for $30.
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