Holy Mother Of Extravagance


BEHOLD:  TMZ’s obtained copy of the lunch tab for Jay-Z and Beyonce from a few days back at some swank restaurant in NYC.

You guys, they spent almost fifty thousand dollars on LUNCH.  And then there was an automatic 20% (over $7000) added for gratuity, and THEN they were nice enough to throw down an additional five thousand. 


You realize, of course, that this is a healthy ANNUAL SALARY for many people. 

Am I the only one who can’t even identify what half the stuff on that receipt even IS?

UPDATE: Apparently TMZ is now saying it wasn’t Beyonce and Jay-Z, but some Russian billionaire dude. Which has absolutely no bearing on my horror over a $50,000+ lunch tab whatsoever.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/dorkymcspazatron Olivia J. Snarkypants

    $39 for Spaghetti?! I’m in the wrong business. I should be boiling noodles and pouring sauce. And selling $12 water…

    How much coffee do two people need? 2 Espressos, 3 cappuccinos, and a tiramisu (coffee flavored dessert). Sounds like a good recipe for diarrhea.

    Someone needs to tell these two about The Olive Garden…

  • april f.

    This had to be more than just the 2 of them… the food and alcohol is way too much for 2 people to eat and drink. There was at least a third person there eating because it looks like a lot of things there were 3 of.

    9 bottles of booze (2 bottles of Cristal, magnum sized, 2 bottles of Johnny Walker Blue, and what looks like 5 bottles of wine) the booze total alone was $35,150.00

  • Mockarena

    Yeah – it was a group of 10, I believe. Which doesn’t even matter because they still spent, after tip, over SIXTY THOUSAND DOLLARS on lunch.

  • Jennifer

    The bottom of the receipt says “6 Customers”…and it looks like the total includes the $7k gratuity.

  • Buckeye Bob

    I just want to be a waiter there. Granted they’re splitting the tip with multiple servers, but 1 table for lunch over 7,000.00 mandatory tip plus 5,000.00 more. How many tables can you serve per shift?

  • babyluv

    Actually, the food portion of this tab is really not all that extravagant. At least for 6 people at NYC prices. However, $35k for wine, champagne & liquor is the real eye-opener. Let’s do the math, shall we? 14 bottles divided by 6 people equals: BLAME IT ON THE AH-AH-AH-ALCOHOL

    PS: Most of the things you don’t recognize Mock are probably booze. (Tawny 40, JW Blue and of course all the $5k per bottle stuff)

    PSS: OJS – they NEED all that coffee to counteract the drunkeness 🙂 I’m just surprised there wasn’t a “special order” Waffle House waffle listed at the bottom too!

  • ER

    I had to google most of that stuff because I didn’t have a clue. But I do agree with OJS…..$39 for spaghetti? I did discover that this is chef Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant though – he’s pompous enough to charge (and obviously get) that kind of money 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Ooops… disregard the Gordon Ramsey part – got that confused with another restaurant 🙂

  • burning eyeballs

    WOW! A fool and their money are soon parted.

  • Rachel

    TMZ is reporting that this tab belonged to Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich. Jay-Z did eat there a couple of days ago, but only spent $1,700 (still a month’s pay for me).


  • http://www.hurleyburleygirl.wordpress.com HurleyBurleyGirl

    What must it be like to have that kind of money I wonder? I have no idea.

    I had dinner with friends the other day and she (my friend) brought along a divorcee who used to be married to a moneybags and is now fighting him in divorce court and talked about spending $10,000 on shopping and stupidly I asked, “How do you spend $10,000 in one day shopping?”

    And off she goes telling me about what clothes, shoes, handbags, etc to buy. (Duh, I know what to buy. Sheesh!)

    What I meant was, (MORALLY)- “How do you spend $10,000 in one day shopping?”

    I can’t help it but I guilt trip big time when lots o’ money leaves my hands. Not that it does. Or can. Ha! Ha!

  • Francisco Dreadful

    In my country, they pay us with rice and spices… ok, not REALLY… but jesus…. how can anyone spend all that money on lunch?

    I’ve been skipping lunch since I started going to college and I don’t have anything even remotely close to fifty thousand dollars inside my piggy bank 🙁

  • http://themockdock.com Punky

    What kills me is that the receipt is all they have to show for dropping all that money. Until it all comes out as crap at the end.

  • http://www.hurleyburleygirl.wordpress.com HurleyBurleyGirl

    Punky – hahahahaha! Gross but true.

  • cas

    Holy mother of ……..seeing this receipt brings two things to immediate mind. One: that bill is more than I make a year. (Teacher, enough said). Two: I used to wait tables to get through college, why oh why didn’t I ever get lucky enough to find suckers to spend this much of FOOD and leave me that much of a tip. I’m crying now!!!

  • Anonymous

    Sorry spend that much on* FOOD spelling/typing faux pas.

  • mga

    October 31, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    TMZ is reporting that this tab belonged to Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich. Jay-Z did eat there a couple of days ago, but only spent $1,700 (still a month’s pay for me).

    what gets my goat is when actors and actresses get on TV with a bunch of little kids behind them, trying to get me to spend $.50 per day to feed and clothe them.

    then they run off to an expensive restaurant and spend a couple grand on lunch.

  • Benoit from Ottawa

    Strangely, I’m in favour of the ultra-rich “wasting” some of their money. It’s actually putting it into the economy. (Sure enough some of it is made up of producers of rare stuff, the champagnes etc., but there are a LOT of people, small people, also involved.)

  • Hatchetwoman

    $40 bucks for pasta? Even a bowlful of pasta for 7 (and since there were other dishes, it was probably less pasta than would feed 7) wouldn’t cost half that to make. It may be a high-rent area, but really, these people got ripped off. Some foods are considered high-end, but pasta ain’t one of them. Rigatoni Siciliana? The most expensive ingredient is probably the capers, and you don’t use a lot. Eggplant, tomatoes, onions, basil … not really rare, not really expensive.

    The wine I couldn’t tell you about — the bottom of the wine market fell out a few years ago (which is why you can find Two Buck Chuck at Trader Joe’s) but I’m not a conoisseur by any means. The Tawny 40 is probably a port, but why anyone would want 5 bottles of it is puzzling – it’s a port, which means it’s a dessert wine, so why anyone would want (or be able to drink) that much of it after such a huge lunch just sounds like idiocy. Or gluttony.

    Which brings me to the Roman Empire. Every time I see tales of such extravagance I can’t help thinking of the fall of the Roman Empire and the vomitoriums. Spending this kind of money on food and drink, really, for me, borders on immoral. Yes, I get that we need money to move, but this money would have done so much more good if it were given out to small business owners. Think of what they could do with ten thousand apiece — far better for the economy, too, since it might help them over a hump and keep them open. Spending like this, especially when it all seems so gluttonous, just feels wrong.

  • Jordon

    50,000 x 365 (Total days of the year) = $18,250,000. If the dude or dudet is a billionare, they can afford to eat like this every day all year around and not even notice it. One billion dollars in the bank earning a modest 5% interest rate, grosses you $50,000,000 per year. Minus $50,000 per day all year around, still leaves you close to $42,000,000 per year with out ever so much as even looking at your princaple….and if it’s for business, in the States you get it all back anyway…. These Russians are all good.

  • Jordon

    I meant close to $32,000,000