Tuesday, August 19, 2008

We Accept Euros II

The real estate market may be battered in some parts of the country but it is doing very well in NYC (Manhattan) , thanks to the foreign buyers in the market. Some realtors, like this one in SoHo, are targeting European buyers with their strong Euros. The apartment listed on the chalkboard is a condominium loft in the NoHo (north of Houston Street) district and it can be yours for a reasonable €888,000 or an affordable £766,000 or an unbelievably absurb price of US$1,532,000. Ouch!!

So where do you go for an affordable dinner or an expensive dinner in your hometown?

19 comments:

USelaine said...

Yep, the American Century is soooo over.

This town doesn't really have expensive dinners, in the New York sense of the word. The Purple Thistle is pretty nice, but I haven't been in there in years. I'm more of a lunch out type, I guess.

Eva said...

That is expensive!

Olivier said...

cela fait 1.72$ pour un euro, c'est impressionnant. Je remarque que le dollar remonte petit à petit.
A Évry, nous n'avons pas de restaurant cher, mais sur Paris oui...

it is $ 1.72 for one euro, is impressive. I note that the dollar back little by little.
A Evry, we do not have expensive restaurant, but in Paris yes ...

Abraham Lincoln said...

I think the decline in the value of the US Dollar has had something to do with the prices of everything. I know a loaf of bread still only gives me the same food value. I don't suspect the condo is an inch larger than it was when it first opened and was sold. The thing that's not worth much is the dollar.

I wish I knew more about economics.

Susu said...

For a total money clean away, in Paris you head to the chic of the chics Tour D'Argent on the Seine river left bank. For an affordable, yet nice meal I choose one of the nice cozy little places on rue Mouffetard. Chez Papa's Southwestern French cooking is quite nice too.

Virginia said...

In Birmingham , IF I could afford it, I would most definitely go to Highland's Bar and Grill or Bottega.
The dollar is coming back and that is great news for me. Maybe I will be able to afford a keychain on my trip to Paris in November. YES!!!

b13 said...

That is insane...

Lets see... for me...
Affordable dinner: Minado's : $25 all you can eat
Expensive: Aji 53 : Easily spend $50 a person

Shammickite said...

Are you kidding?
€888,000 / £766,000 / US$1,532,000.
Really?
That's an incredibly inflated price for an apartment, even in NYC.

Anonymous said...

That's expensive real estate!

In LA, expensive dining is everywhere- Hotel Bel Air, The Penninsula, Michael's....and the list goes on. The Zagat guide is similar to the one for NYC.

The question is - do we go there? On very special occasions!

Doris

Alexa said...

Can't decide whether to laugh or cry over this photo!
The dollar's doing a bit better, thank goodness—don't want to have to borrow from the 401k when I go to Europe next month.
For super-cheap, I head to Tom's in Brooklyn, where you can get the best breakfast ever. And if I could afford it, I'd go to Sushi Zen, where it's really easy for a couple of people to rack up a $400 (or higher) tab!

Hilda said...

"US$1,532,000"

Holy cow!!! You can buy an entire island here in the Philippines and have a mansion built on it for a fraction of that studio's cost!

You can eat out everyday in Metro Manila and not repeat a single restaurant! And I'm not even including the tiny, hole-in-the-wall places. Filipinos looove eating!

Chuck Pefley said...

Yes, and just think ... after paying the exorbitant sum you, too, can boast of having a black plastic garbage back in front of your condo. Sheesh!

I much prefer to cook for myself. It's only when traveling that I eat out, and then, left to my own devices it might be something simple from a grocery or deli. Lunch on the road for me is often a yogurt and banana. Cheap? Yes, I'm familiar with that word :)

Jilly said...

I saw Ricky Gervaise interviewed on UK television just now and he said he'd bought a place on the Upper West Side recently (I think, can't exactly remember where). He'd been filming in NYC and fallen in love with it and cos the dollar is so low he could afford to buy - with pounds sterling that is.

Chris said...

I think I lost my comment. Basically, I said that I tried to look the place up on the bapple.com website but couldn't find it. . .I'd like to know the size. And, I'll stay PC and not say a thing about the economy (Thanks, GW).

In Nashville, we'd go to Flemings for dinner, I guess. The most expensive place we've ever gone was Michael Mina in the Bellagio in LV (which is our hometown, so I think that counts!). I'm glad we weren't paying that night. A steak cost $75, and that was one of the least expensive things on the menu.

citygirl15 said...

New York IS expensive.

We eat home for an affordable dinner but most restaurants in our apartment are expensive.

Sometimes we go to the East Village, where the restaurants which don't accept credit cards are typically less expensive.

jen laceda said...

Yup, it's been a long time since Peter Minuit purchased land in New Amsterdam from the local Lenape Indians. Native New Yorkers haved learned their lesson!

Keropok Man said...

Hmmm that's a number that a Chinese seller might put. It's such a good luck number! :-)

Gecko said...

I don't know what's more amazing...the price or the fact they're advertising on a chalk board!!! =S

The only real expensive place to go for dinner in my nearest town I've never been to, for that exact reason.
Inexpensive...the pub.

Ann (MobayDP) said...

ONLY €888,000 ? :-)