Dinner at the Olive Garden in Times Square on New Year’s Eve will set you back $400, and that’s not even the highest price among the chain restaurants that crowd the Crossroads of the World.
Tourists and others who don’t want to mingle with the drunken rabble jammed into the square can shell out hundreds of dollars to party in comfort indoors, even if the food is limited and the views obstructed.
The Olive Garden fest includes a DJ, open bar and buffet meal — but no breadsticks, a staple of the “You’re Family” eatery.
The vantage point is better at Bubba Gump Shrimp on Broadway, which charges among the highest fees on New Year’s Eve — $799 a person.
Revelers at Ruby Tuesday — where tickets range from $349 a head to $1,699 for the “Couple’s VIP Table” — won’t see the ball at all from inside the restaurant.
Only “if guests are fortunate enough to make it outside” can they watch the world-famous countdown to midnight, said Paul Warshaw, the COO of Balldrop.com, the company in charge of the party at Ruby Tuesday and other Times Square venues.
The “couples VIP” package at Buca di Beppo, an Italian restaurant chain, is a pricey $999 with a dinner that includes pasta, chicken and salmon.