THEhotel at Mandalay Bay is home to Hubert Keller’s new restaurant, Fleur. The menu includes a burger priced at $5,000 (which comes with a $2,500 bottle of wine, so manage your expectations about what this mere $2,500 piece of meat will taste like now) and Fleur representatives optimistically believe they’ll sell 6 of these things this year.

Sure, bonus expectations at banks this year are not great. But, a) they could surprise on the upside b) you could be one of the top performers whose number balances out those getting zero dollars or c) you could work at a hedge fund or private equity firm where people are getting paid. Should one of those scenarios apply to your life, will you be the idiot go who goes for it? Will it be your drunk co-worker, after winning a few bucks playing Black Jack? Will it be George Soros buying and forcing the chef into a blind taste test in an attempt to prove you can’t tell the difference between the burger for 5 g’s and a Big Mac with a couple truffles thrown on top?

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  1. Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Who says you have to buy it?

    -Allen “The Hamburglar” Stamford

  2. Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Who says you have to buy it?

    -Allen “The Hamburglar” Stamford

  3. Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    Who says you have to buy it?

    -Allen “The Hamburglar” Stamford

  4. Posted by Tosh 0 | January 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    first!

  5. Posted by Tosh 0 | January 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    first!

  6. Posted by Tosh 0 | January 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    first!

  7. Posted by jq | January 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM
  8. Posted by jq | January 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM
  9. Posted by jq | January 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM
  10. Posted by jq | January 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM
  11. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Consumer Electronic Show still on? I’ll say 6 GM execs.

  12. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Consumer Electronic Show still on? I’ll say 6 GM execs.

  13. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Consumer Electronic Show still on? I’ll say 6 GM execs.

  14. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Nice work.

  15. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Nice work.

  16. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Nice work.

  17. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Nice work.

  18. Posted by PasteSpecialFormats | January 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    A $2,500 burger? I wouldn’t feed that to my maid’s dog…because both those bitches have a restraining order against me.

    -You Know Who

  19. Posted by PasteSpecialFormats | January 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    A $2,500 burger? I wouldn’t feed that to my maid’s dog…because both those bitches have a restraining order against me.

    -You Know Who

  20. Posted by PasteSpecialFormats | January 10, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    A $2,500 burger? I wouldn’t feed that to my maid’s dog…because both those bitches have a restraining order against me.

    -You Know Who

  21. Posted by Phil Hellmuth | January 10, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Bess,

    One word: comps. They’ll do 6 of them easily if they’re counting tabs the casino picks up.

  22. Posted by Phil Hellmuth | January 10, 2011 at 8:44 PM

    Bess,

    One word: comps. They’ll do 6 of them easily if they’re counting tabs the casino picks up.

  23. Posted by anti DB | January 10, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    makes perfect sense to me, I will wear it as an accessory
    Lady Gaga

  24. Posted by NakedShort | January 10, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    The only beef I put in my mouth are my wife’s drapes.

    -P. Falcone

  25. Posted by NakedShort | January 10, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    The only beef I put in my mouth are my wife’s drapes.

    -P. Falcone

  26. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    me too!

    your bestie,
    maria b

  27. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    me too!

    your bestie,
    maria b

  28. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    me too!

    your bestie,
    maria b

  29. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    I don’t think they are.

  30. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    I don’t think they are.

  31. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    I don’t think they are.

  32. Posted by Anon | January 10, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    nah, they def think people will outright buy these pieces of bull shit.

  33. Posted by Anon | January 10, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    nah, they def think people will outright buy these pieces of bull shit.

  34. Posted by Anon | January 10, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    nah, they def think people will outright buy these pieces of bull shit.

  35. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    +1

  36. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    +1

  37. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    +1

  38. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Drapes hanging from what?!

  39. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Loose folds hanging loose??!

  40. Posted by StuckInOhio | January 10, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    I wonder how many “opulence I has it” giraffes you’d need to make a burger… anyone up for a restaurant venture?

  41. Posted by trojan | January 10, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    loose lips sink ships

  42. Posted by Fold or Play | January 10, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Are you going to play or shoot your mouth off all night?

    -Benny Binion

  43. Posted by Amon Carter | January 10, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Kincaid’s make a better burger.

  44. Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

    A fool and his money…

  45. Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Possible purchasers:
    1. Random greasy sunglass-wearing Russian “industrialist”
    2. Chainsmoking Chinese apparatchick (who will think the $5k price tag indicates the meat is from an animal of some endangered species, the consumption of which will massively boost his virility)
    3. That dude from Washington State who just won the MegaMillions.

  46. Posted by Sgt. Frank Drebin, SEC Squad | January 10, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Nordberg, Hocken and I discussed how to interrogate the hamburger potentate. Hocken said the suspect was married to a hot dog chain heir. Nordberg said, “I bet they have frank discussions…”

    I dodged that next pun but I knew one thing: These hamburger people wouldn’t talk no matter how hard you grilled them.

    -Sgt. Frank Drebin
    Detective Lieutenant
    SEC Squad

  47. Posted by Sam | January 10, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Well done

  48. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    This is chump change for Barclays. $2500 wine didn’t make the cut for a Big Night Out even before they stole Lehman.

  49. Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    You make me groan. xoxo

  50. Posted by guest | January 10, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Doubtful the guy from Washington State would be a purchaser–east side of state strictly plain folk. Anyway, he probably already promised money to all his new friends, his Christian church, all the local schools, and spent the rest on survival items, such as AK-47′s and an underground bunker stocked with food from Costco.

  51. Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    But isn’t it usually those “simple folk” type that go bats***t and wind up in Vegas/Reno/Tijuana (cf Jim and Tammy Faye Baker)?

  52. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    only if it comes with creme fraiche

    -Randy Marsh

  53. Posted by CT | January 10, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    2007 called…

  54. Posted by Anon | January 10, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    I’m a senior trader at Barclays and bonuses this year are going to be shit. In sum, you’re an idiot.

  55. Posted by Guest | January 10, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    are you an idiot or do you just play one on TV?

  56. Posted by JC | January 10, 2011 at 11:18 PM

    LOL at the guy trying to make Barclays bonuses sound good

  57. Posted by guestguest | January 10, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    “a Big Night Out”

    god, just kill yourself already.

  58. Posted by History is a useless degree | January 11, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    why dont you go fund your own hedge fund in switzerland?

  59. Posted by Elliot_Spitzer | January 11, 2011 at 5:54 AM

    $5,000 for a chemically-enhanced pieced of meat seems about right to me.

  60. Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Probably the same people with diplomatic immunity ala the bad guys in Lethal Weapon. That way they can order the burger, eat it and run out on the bill with impunity: http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/2010/12/29/is-daddy-a-diplomat-make-sure-you-understand-diplomatic-immunity/

  61. Posted by Guest | January 11, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    I hate it when I see “comment removed”. But only cause out of all the awful things I’ve read on here… I think, how bad could it have been? Oh wells. I’m sure it’s for the best… but I’ll keep wondering.

    Guy who’s too neurotic at times.

  62. Posted by Seriously? | January 11, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    The guy that drinks a Petrus with a freaking hamburger deserves to have his tongue removed.

  63. Posted by Phil M | January 11, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Speak for yourself, I was pleased with mine

    -Lefty

  64. Posted by Phil M | January 11, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Speak for yourself, I was pleased with mine

    -Lefty

  65. Posted by Lord Humongous | January 11, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    ftw

  66. Posted by Put_Option | January 11, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Fuck this….

    R. McDonald

  67. Posted by NakedShort | January 11, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Hamburger or bonus? Or Both?

  68. Posted by Vinnie the Guinea | January 11, 2011 at 7:52 PM

    I prefer hear veal cutlet.

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