Gourmet Grandeur

Expensive edibles aren’t just for fancy restaurant tasting menus.


Tradizionale di Modena DOP

Yes, it’s an investment, but authentic aged balsamic is nothing like the watery supermarket stuff. After aging in a series of wooden barrels (each type of wood imparts its own unique aromas and flavors), the vinegar turns syrupy and sweet. Just a few drops will suffice on aged Parmesan, steak, or even ice cream and strawberries. $250 for 3.5 oz

Plum Plums, Pound Ridge
(914) 764-1525

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Sam Adams Utopias

In 2002, the New York launch of this rare Sam Adams brew at Half Time’s Poughkeepsie location nearly shut down Route 9. Fourteen years later, this gold-bottled, high-alcohol beer (now at the Mamaroneck location, too) is prized for its rarity (only small batches are released and not every year) and rich, almost Cognac-like flavor. $250

Half Time, Mamaroneck
(914) 341-1666


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La Madeline au Truffe

Forbes named this truffle from Connecticut-based chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt the most extravagant chocolate in the world. It’s actually a whole French Perigord truffle enrobed in 70 percent Valrhona dark-chocolate ganache infused with truffle oil and vanilla. Available for pre-order only. $250

Chocopologie, Norwalk
(203) 838-3131


Don Perignon Oenotheque 1975

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In the world of bubbly, no name evokes luxury like Dom. Its Oenotheque is the ultimate extravagance: allowed to mature for a longer time, a limited number of bottles are released only when the Champagne reaches its peak, lending more complexity to an already spectacular vintage. $2,500

Zachys, Scarsdale
(866) 639-8239


Jamon Iberico de Bellota

Whether you’re calling it Iberico de Bellota or Pata Negra, there’s no question that it’s the king of hams. Made from an ancient breed of black-footed pig that forages for acorns (bellota means acorn) in the Spanish countryside, it’s sweeter, richer, nuttier—and more expensive—than anything else on the charcuterie board. $139/lb

June & Ho, Rye
(914) 967-1900


White Truffles

Chefs and foodies know that late October through February is culinary nirvana for one reason: white truffles. Deeply fragrant, these pale slices aren’t easy to come by. The rare fungi can only be foraged by pigs (no one has successfully cultivated a white truffle) and are found, almost exclusively, in the Piedmont region of Italy. $226/oz

Tarry Market, Port Chester
(914) 253-5680


Russian Caspian Golden Osetra Caviar

Only beluga caviar (which is currently illegal in the US) is more prestigious than this Caspian Sea golden osetra. Only one sturgeon in a hundred carry the rare golden roe that was historically reserved for royalty. All you need to add is a mother-of-pearl caviar spoon. $139/oz

The Smokehouse of NY
Mamaroneck (914) 630-4787



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