Couple mistakenly served $2,000 wine at NYC restaurant


A young couple dining at the Big Apple’s iconic Balthazar couldn’t bottle up their emotions after ordering an $18 Pinot Noir – but being served a $2,000 Mouton Rothschild instead by accident, according to a report.

Waiters poured the two wines into identical decanters but the pricey one was mistakenly taken to the couple’s table, the SoHo eatery’s owner Keith McNally said on Instagram, according to

The two-grand Bordeaux First Growth, the most expensive wine offered at Balthazar, had been ordered by four Wall Street businessmen who apparently didn’t notice the error.

In fact, the restaurant’s night manager said the host of the business meeting actually praised the purity of the cheapest wine on the list, while the lucky couple “jokingly pretended to be drinking an expensive wine,” McNally said.

Flasche Rotwein der Marke Chateau Mouton Rothschild
Flasche Rotwein der Marke Chateau Mouton Rothschildullstein bild via Getty Images

“The young couple were ecstatic by the restaurant’s mistake, and told me it was like the bank making an error in their favor,” said the red-faced owner, who admitted the embarrassing mix-up.

“The trouble was, it was me who was down $2,000, not the bank,” he quipped.

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