Would You Pay $185 For a Sandwich With 5 Ounces of Beef?

June 26, 2018, 3:12 PM UTC
The sando made with Japanese Wagyu beef at Don Wagyu in New York.
The sando made with Japanese Wagyu beef at Don Wagyu in New York, June 21, 2018. The sandwich is priced from $28 to $180, depending on the meat. (Stephen Sperenza/The New York Times)
Stephen Sperenza —The New York Times/Redux

New York, a city known for its high food prices, has managed to top itself, with a $185 sandwich that, while certainly delicious, will likely leaving you craving a snack a few hours later.

Don Wagyu, an eatery located near Wall Street that solely serves Wagyu beef sandwiches, has introduced the A5 Ozaki, a panko-fried steak sandwich containing five ounces of beef, for people with truly exclusive tastes and unlimited budgets.

The meat comes from a farm in Japan, which only ships five cattle to the U.S. per month (all to the restaurant). The only other place to find this meat is Dubai. It’s served in a wooden box with the Don Wagyu logo (your souvenir for enjoying the meal). And it costs about the same as 33 ShackBurgers at Shake Shack (or, if you’re an In-N-Out fan, about 53 Double Doubles).

Don Wagyu does have some less pricey menu options, but you’re certainly not going to find a value menu here. For $25, you can get the Washugyu, a similar sandwich made with a cross between Black Angus and the Tajima wagyu breed. There’s also a $75 offering made of miyazaki wagyu.

All of the sandwiches are coated with panko breadcrumbs and fried for 2.5 minutes. After resting, they’re placed on soft white bread with a Japanese steak sauce. Good news, though, they come with skinny fries, so you won’t have to pay extra for those.