Diners will have to wait until Friday to eat at The Trump Hotel's restaurant, BLT Prime. But its Opo lounge was already buzzing and busy Tuesday afternoon — at least for those willing to drop $27 on crab-flavored tater tots.
Big chandeliers, blue-and-gold decor and cushy seating outfit the cavernous lounge space. Its menu pays homage to Benjamin Franklin's lesser-known legacy as a "Founding Foodie" (their term). As previously reported, there is wine offered "by the crystal spoon," like $140 for Furmint 2007 (it's $2,250 for the bottle).
Prices show the hotel's high-end aspirations. Cocktails are $18-$21, with bases like mezcal and Japanese whiskey (plenty of gins and bourbons are available). Wines by the glass run $12 to $28, while a glass of 2007 Cristal will cost $150. The two mocktails on the menu rival prices of many non-virgin versions in town, coming in at $12 for the "Statue" (agave, mint, ginger and soda water).
A rolling pastry cart filled with flake croissants and jams weaves throughout the bar area during morning hours. A happy hour brings several $5 food spreads served on grilled country bread. Also available, $16 "hipster fries," candied bacon and pastrami salmon carpaccio. The $120 Trump Tower is a medley of lobster, oysters, clams, shrimp, and blue crab cocktail. Check out photos of the lounge menus below:
Protestors could be seen outside on opening day yesterday; the hotel has faced controversy over these past months, with restaurateurs backing out of the project after volatile remarks made by the mogul and presidential candidate.