How to Spend $1 Million In One New York Weekend
Take Super Bowl weekend to another level with these high-rolling New York amenities: a private jet from L.A., the Presidential Suite at Four Seasons and a private viewing party at Atlas Social Club.
Home to Super Bowl 2014, New York City will serve as a weekend playground for the rich and famous, with iconic artists like Mary J. Blige and John Legend performing private shows with Men's Health magazine, director Michael Bay throwing an event with Patron Tequila and The New York Jets' Jets House pandering to die-hard fans with The Fifty Yard Lounge with The Next Iron Chef winner Marc Forgione.
Famously, the Big Apple embraces big spenders, reputable for a highbrow sensibility that beget a deep-pocket lifestyle, in and out of Super Bowl 2014. High-rolling celebrities and executives alike naturally book the most lavish suites, reserve the priciest tables and explore Manhattan's bright lights with typical VIP fashion. Hitting the million-dollar-mark for the weekend isn't unlikely. Here's what the elite spend top dollar for in New York City.
Take a private jet from Los Angeles to New York LGA
XOJet offers an 8-passenger mid-size jet (XOJET Challenger 300) in a very private, cushy commute that’s regarded as one of the quietest cabins in the sky. The well appointed interiors include custom furnishing and finishes in addition to free WIFI , liquor and satellite phone.
$25,600 one-way trip to NYC from LAX. Round-trip fare: $60,000
Book the Ty Warner Penthouse Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel New York
Considered the most expensive suite in the nation, the $50-million-dollar Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York has been home-away-from-home for visiting presidents, dignitaries and A-listers alike. The nine-room suite, opened in 2007 with a 360-degree view of Manhattan, has floor-to-ceiling windows and several walls inlaid by thousands of mother-of-pearl pieces or calfskin leather. An indoor/outdoor Zen garden and 4,300-square-foot multi-room with cathedral ceilings and diamond skylights provide an unrivaled sanctuary, and the price tag also includes a grand piano, Rolls-Royce chauffeur, 24/7 personal butler, all-inclusive spa access and personal trainer.
$45,000 (plus tax/fees) per night for 3 nights: $154,929
Reserve a dinner for four at Masa
Masa Restaurant at the Time Warner Center may be the most expensive restaurant in Manhattan but diners who splurge here assure its one of the best meals of their lives. Masa takes the idea of traditional shibui and umami, where each flavor appeals to all five senses. The multi-course, prix fixe menu includes seafood flown daily from Japan, with the freshest ingredients imaginable. There are only 26 seats, but they go fast.
$600 per person for a party of four (no wine pairing): $2,400
Throw a Private Super Bowl Party at Atlas Social Club
Anderson Cooper’s beau and bar owner Antoine Maisani recently opened his third watering hole in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen. Since debuting this fall, Atlas Social Club has been a hotspot for celebrities (Andy Cohen, Ellen Barkin, Cher) thanks to its intimate quarters. The gay bar can host 100-150 people, and complete bar takeover for private events isn’t unusual. The exclusive $50,000 price tag includes open bar, DJ and complete privacy.
Private Super Bowl Party: $50,000
Enjoy Premier Suite seats at Super Bowl 2014
At Metlife Stadium, home to Super Bowl 2014, David Rockwell-designed suites are starting at $610,040. Considering this is the first time in years the suites have been available for the NFL championship (and the fact the game will be held outdoors during a possible winter storm), the covered suites are going fast. Suites are available in various sizes and configurations, equipped with wet bars, flat-screen displays, access to stadium clubs (like Commissioner’s Club with hardwood floors and two fireplaces) and arguably the best seats in the house.
Superbowl Suite (25 yard line, 18 people): $610,040
Buy Centuries-Old Art at Sotheby's
The world-famous Sotheby's is home to some of the world's finest collection of art for auction, where millionaires fly in to nab precious work. On Jan. 31 (Super Bowl weekend), Sotheby's is auctioning select pieces of work with the auction Old Master and 19th Century European Art. Eyes are on Cesare Agostino Detti's To The Joust (1888), estimated at approximately $30,000-40,000 (final bid will be substantially higher).
Cesare Agostino Detti's To The Joust (1888): $40,000
Splurge on a selection of rare wines at Daniel Wine Cellar
Touted as one of the top restaurants in the world, Daniel Boulud’s Daniel has one of the most exclusive wine cellars in New York City with the priciest wines to boot. There’s 25,000 bottles of rare, carefully selected wines to choose from, including selections of Chateau D’Yguem, which can start at $10,000. It’s not unusual for millionaires to splurge here.
A bottle of Domaine Henri Jayer “Cros Parantoux” 1995 magnum: $20,000
Buy a membership to NYC’s most exclusive private club, The Core Club
Membership to The Core Club, a private club in midtown, is highly sought after by the rich and famous. Members have included Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang. There are approximately 1,500 members, many of whom reside outside of NYC. Amenities include meals by James Beard award winners, private fitness center, spa, luxury travel concierge and more benefits.
Membership initiation starts at $50,000 with an annual fee of $1,500: $51,500
Nab tickets to see Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden
On December 2013, Billy Joel announced a monthly residency at Madison Square Garden for an indefinite run. Most shows are already sold out but visitors can still nab VIP tickets in Section B (near the stage) starting at $2,885.
A pair of tickets to see Billy Joel live: $5,770
Brunch at Le Parker Meridien for its Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata
One of the most expensive brunches in the world is at Norma’s Restaurant at Le Parker Meridien in Midtown. The frittata -- priced at $1,000 -- comes with fresh lobster and ten ounces of Sevurga caviar, the highest category of caviar from the Caspian Sea.
Two orders of Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata: $2,000
Get your haircut by Ted Gibson on Fifth Avenue
Get a hair makeover with Ted Gibson, stylist to the stars and hair expert on TLC's What Not To Wear. Visitors can make direct appointments with Ted himself at his Fifth Avenue salon and book the current, most pricey haircut in Manhattan.
$1,250 per haircut for 2 people: $2,500
Buy a gown at Oscar De La Renta
According to Refinery 29, the most expensive designer shop in all of NYC is Oscar De La Renta on Madison Avenue (the average receipt here is $3,300). To button up or gown down for private soirees, A-listers choose from an elegant and stylish collection at this highbrow boutique.
Oscar De La Renta Cap-Sleeve Embroidered Trumpet Gown: $7,790
Weekend Total: $1,006,929.00