In my 10.5 years living in NYC, the only time I stepped into Barneys was because I had to use the bathroom. That was the only thing I could afford to do there. When I ventured there last week for lunch, I was expecting no less than an expensive meal that would leave me needing a second lunch.
“Grandma’s recipe to cure colds and stay thin.” That’s how the menu described Estelle’s Chicken Soup ($11) at Fred’s, the department store’s restaurant. I can’t confirm if it would actually cure a cold, but I can confirm that I’d probably stay thin if I ate this all the time: I would never feel full just eating one bowl, and I’d never have money left to buy myself some more food.
The shredded chicken filled most of the shallow bowl, which also contained a sprinkle of diced carrots, celery and fresh parsley, and a light coating of golden broth. I was less than impressed, especially with its $11 price tag. It was really nothing special (no offense to Estelle who is/was, I’m sure, a very special woman), and, in fact, it tasted just like the chicken soup I made about a month ago.
I think the lesson here is that I should start selling small bowls of my own soup and charging up the wazoo for it. Maybe then I could afford a luxury item from Barneys.
Fred’s at Barneys
660 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10065