24K gold chicken wings are NYC’s latest weird food craze

Twenty-four karat gold is normally something associated with jewelry — until now. New York City restaurant The Ainsworth partnered with Jonathan “Foodgōd” Cheban on the ultimate high-low menu item, 24K gold chicken wings.

Here’s how the magic happens: wings are brined for 12 hours (one half-hour per karat), coated with a house-made dry rub, baked, flash-fried and then coated in a layer of gold dust.

Despite the luxurious luster, these wings won’t break the bank: you can get 10 for $45 or 20 for $90.

If you feel like splurging, there’s also an option to get 50 — plus a bottle of Ace of Spades brand Champagne — for a cool $1,000. That grand also includes a bit of celebrity connection, as Ace of Spades is owned by Jay-Z.

But there’s one more question to ask: Why?

Brian Mazza, president of Paige Hospitality (which owns The Ainsworth) told CNN, “We wanted to create something over-the-top that’s never been done before, and you’ve never seen or tasted anything like it before.” Consider that a mission accomplished.

For NYC visitors who want to get their Instagrammable wings fix and also experience some of NYC’s hidden food gems beyond Manhattan, consider a side trip to the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue, a haven of Italian grocery stores and cheese shops, as well.

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