Nothing says anti-recession like a $750 cupcake. Made with special chocolate from Venezuela’s Valrhona plantation, Tahitian Gold Vanilla Caviar (the Palazzo calls it the world’s most labor-intensive agricultural crop) and Louis XIII de Remy Martin Cognac, the Decadence D’Or cupcake is the piece de resistance at the Palazzo’s Sweet Surrender cupcake shop. How about a few other ways you might spend that cash, so you don’t end up dropping it on, say, an $800 scone.
• 248 cupcakes from the Cupcakery, $3 apiece.
• Joel Robuchon’s 13-course Menu Degustation for you and a loved one ... almost; it’s $385 apiece, so $770, $20 more than the cupcake.
• $750: One night’s stay at Aria’s 1,465 square-foot penthouse city-view suite with personal concierge and private elevator access.