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N.Y. Restaurant Charging $41 for Burger

January 10, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ And yes, it comes with fries.

A 20-ounce burger fashioned from ultra-tender Kobe beef debuted this week at the landmark Old Homestead restaurant. At $41, it is the most expensive hamburger in the city.

It is the first time the 135-year-old steakhouse has ever put a burger on its menu. The restaurant bills it as ``The World’s Most Decadent Hamburger.″

``This is not about price,″ restaurant owner Marc Sherry said Friday, when the restaurant sold nearly 200 of the new burgers. ``This is an event.″

The burgers debuted on Tuesday. Among the first to try the burger: ``Sopranos″ star James Gandolfini and New York Mets star Mike Piazza, Sherry said.

Kobe beef, imported from Japan, comes from cattle raised on beer and massaged daily to make the meat soft and succulent.

The burger, which has a piece of herb butter in the middle of each patty, comes on a special roll with exotic mushrooms and microgreens _ shredded baby lettuce.

Put away the Heinz. The burger comes with a homemade ketchup, mustard or horseradish sauce.

``And it’s served,″ Sherry added, ``with our classic garlic shoestring fries.″

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