As I mentioned in my original post yesterday, the woman who made our reservation is the publisher of a major "lifestyle" magazine.
After thinking about things, she picked up the phone and called Joe Bastianich directly. After first defending the restaurant "it's dining, you know" where upon my friend informed him "joe, you know who I am , don't tell me what dining is", he apologized profusely, took everyone's name and address and promised to "make things right".
I will let you all know what that means...
to those who asked:
88 wine and bar drinks (we had 2 bottles of champagne, 2 bottles of white wine and a magnum of bordeaux - I know that was $114 - I would say there were also 10-12 drinks ordered in addition to that)