A novice wine-drinker was slapped with a hefty bill after he ordered a $3,750 bottle – thinking ‘thirty-seven fifty’ meant $37.50.
Occasional drinker Joe Lentini was with nine other guests at a business dinner in Atlantic City when he and two colleagues decided to share some wine.
And after a brief chat with the waitress, Mr Lentini made his selection, having no idea the bottle of Screaming Eagle, Oakville 2011 he’d just ordered cost $3,750 (£2,350) – not $37.50.
"I asked the waitress if she could recommend something decent because I don’t have experience with wine,’ he told NJ.com
"She pointed to a bottle on the menu. I didn’t have my glasses. I asked how much and she said, “Thirty-seven fifty."
The bill came to $4,700.61 (£2,965), including tax and despite a considerable reduction in price following Mr Lentini’s protests, the businessman was still left with a sizeable $2,200 (£1,388) to pay.
Joseph Lupo, executive vice president and spokesman of the Bobby Flay steakhouse, defended the conduct of his staff.
As the leading culinary destination in this region, we consistently serve as many, if not more high-end wine and spirits without incident,’ he said.
"We simply will not allow the threat of a negative story that includes so many unaccounted and questionable statements to disparage our integrity and standards."