What would you do to be able to experience Times Square on New Year’s Eve? Most New Yorkers shy away from standing in the cold for hours in a crowd of wide-eyed tourists waiting for the ball to drop. But some people want to get to that hub of end of the year madness so badly that they’ll shell out $400 per person to sit inside an Olive Garden.That’s right: The Olive Garden in Times Square is charging $400 a head for a limited view of the ball drop, plus an unlimited buffet, open bar, and a DJ (no breadsticks though!) according to The New York Post.
If chain Italian restaurants aren’t your thing, but you are still wacky enough to consider Times Square for New Year’s festivities, you could always head on over to Bubba Gump’s ($800 per plate), which claims to have one of the best views in Times Square of the ball drop, or Ruby Tuesday (where you could spend between $349 a head to $1,699 for the Couple’s VIP Table). The Counter burger chain is charging $449 per person for an open bar and sliders — no actual-sized hamburgers.
You could also ring in 2016 with a glass of Champagne, some homemade breadsticks (get the Olive Garden copycat recipe here), and watch the view from your living room, $400 richer.