Hudson's $1,500 Martini


We've gotten used to seeing 12-buck cocktails on local menus, but the $1,500 martini at Vue in Hudson is in a class all its own. While the very thought of such a thing could knock regular folks off their Natty Lite for the next two weeks, there's more to this top-shelf 'tini than merely Stoli Elite, poured into a Swarovski crystal embedded martini glass. Try two olives -- skewered on a custom-made, 14-karat white and yellow gold stickpin, garnished with 15 round, brilliant cut diamonds and accented with a peridot "olive." "It's really beautiful," gushes GM Niki Walunis. And while the restaurant hasn't actually sold any yet, "lots of women have been sending their husbands in to take a look at it for Valentine's Day." Along with the glass, the pin, and the booze, the $1,500 tab includes free refills and dinner at the handsome Hudson restaurant. And here we used to think blue-cheese stuffed olives were indulgent. -- Elaine T. Cicora

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