“I spent five and a half years assisting — and you cannot have an ego, and you cannot take credit, and you have to make yourself indispensable, and you have to anticipate what people need before they need it.”
On the left, Balthazar’s specials in 2001. On the right, Balthazar’s specials in 2013. If you ordered the special every day but Thursday, the total cost (before tax, tip, etc) would have gone up from $135 in 2001 to $234 in 2013: that’s an increase of 73% in 12 years. By contrast, to keep up with inflation, $135 in 2001 should be $175 today.
Update: Zach Seward points out that the prices barely changed between 2001 and 2006, when six days of specials would set you back $144. The price increase from 2001 to 2006 was 7%; from 2006 to 2013 it was 63%.