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Old 12-01-04, 06:50 PM
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New York hotel offers $10,000 martini

WTF?????


http://www.cnn.com/2004/TRAVEL/12/01...eut/index.html


NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Drinkers might want to keep a clear head when ordering a martini at New York's historic Algonquin Hotel or they might pay $10,000 for that cold sip.

The landmark hotel, where famed wit Dorothy Parker and fellow literary lights at the Round Table imbibed, offers a $10,000 martini, complete with a loose diamond at the bottom.

No one has ordered one yet, in the martini's first week on the menu, but the hotel hopes some romantic soul will buy one any day now.

"We haven't had any buyers yet, but a lot of people are talking about it," said Anthony Melchiorri, the hotel's general manager, on Wednesday.

The drink is designed to fit with tradition at the Algonquin, where Round Table members including Parker, writer Robert Benchley, playwright George S. Kaufman and "The New Yorker" magazine founder Harold Ross gathered regularly.

Today, Parker's ode to the martini adorns hotel napkins: "I love a martini -- but two at the most. Three I'm under the table; Four, I'm under the host."

Parker's response to the $10,000 martini might be mixed, the manager conceded.

"I think she would like the idea so long as she'd get to drink it," he said. "I don't think she'd care about the diamond, but she'd care about the martini."

Fear not, the manager added, no one can really order the martini by mistake.

The tipple requires 72 hours' notice, and buyers meet with a jeweler to select a gem and with hotel staff to ensure the cocktail is delivered to the right table.
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Re: New York hotel offers $10,000 martini

Originally posted by Foole
Today, Parker's ode to the martini adorns hotel napkins: "I love a martini -- but two at the most. Three I'm under the table; Four, I'm under the host."
My preferred martini quote is
Martinis are like breasts - one's not enough, and three's too many.
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If I bought her that drink.....she had better put out.....or I'd be going to jail.
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"Diamonds. She'll pretty much have to."
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That martini should come with two disease-free prostitutes with no teeth.
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Originally posted by El Scorcho
"Diamonds. She'll pretty much have to."

Old 12-01-04, 07:15 PM
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Goes in the 'We dare you to expense this' category of drinks.
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Is it safe?
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I drink there from time to time when I'm in New York. I might order this for a laugh next time I'm there.
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Originally posted by Groucho
I drink there from time to time when I'm in New York. I might order this for a laugh next time I'm there.
need to order 3 days in advance.. so it's a $4 drink with a $9996 diamond. what's next? a $50,000 40oz? a $2 Olde English with a $48998 sports car
Old 12-01-04, 11:17 PM
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Originally posted by El Scorcho
"Diamonds. She'll pretty much have to."
the putting out system at it's finest.
Old 12-01-04, 11:22 PM
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Man, if you're going to buy a diamond anyways, why not? I wish I could walk into McDonalds and order a drink with a bus pass in it. Because then I wouldn't need to go to the drug store and pick up a bus pass!
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Originally posted by j123vt_99
need to order 3 days in advance.. so it's a $4 drink with a $9996 diamond. what's next? a $50,000 40oz? a $2 Olde English with a $48998 sports car
drinking and driving just don't mix.
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Originally posted by BizRodian
Man, if you're going to buy a diamond anyways, why not? I wish I could walk into McDonalds and order a drink with a bus pass in it. Because then I wouldn't need to go to the drug store and pick up a bus pass!

How about Carl's Jr combo #10........a six dollar burger with a $15,000 home entertainment system?
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Originally posted by El Scorcho
"Diamonds. She'll pretty much have to."
Where did I see that? I remember it from a few days ago, but I forget where I saw it. Was it Chapelle's Show, or Family Guy, or South Park or SNL?
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Family Guy.
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Originally posted by mllefoo
That martini should come with two disease-free prostitutes with no teeth.


What someone should do is go in and order the drink. The waiter will say, "I'm sorry, it has to be ordered three days in advance." Pull out a wad of cash (a $100 wrapped around a bunch of $1 bills) and start waving it around, screaming at the top or your lungs that you are OUTRAGED that this place won't serve you a martini with a diamond in it on the spot!
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Originally posted by costanza
drinking and driving just don't mix.
you know, i knew that as I was typing the post, but I couldn't think of anything else in that price range.. a $50000 trailer park didn;t bring teh funny
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How much do you tip the bartender?
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They serve $10000 martinis but they have napkins with witty things printed on them? classy place.
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Originally posted by j123vt_99
.. so it's a $4 drink
Clearly, you've never had a martini at the Algonquin.
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"Diamonds: That'll shut her up."
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I hope they aren't using Viaka in the martini.....

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