It Costs How Much to Party at the Olive Garden on New Year's Eve?
Planning on spending New Year’s in New York City?
Why not take in an evening at one of the city’s many fine eateries, like — and this is a little locals-only tip (you’re welcome) — Olive Garden? Or perhaps Ruby Tuesday?
And hey, this is New Year’s Eve 2015. Why not live a little? Why not spend up to $1,700?
That’s what some of Times Square’s finest chain restaurants are charging for their New Year’s package. For instance, Olive Garden’s $400 party package includes a DJ, open bar, buffet and, despite rumors to the contrary, there will be breadsticks. The buffet will serve chicken con broccoli, eggplant parmigiana, shrimp primavera, short ribs, chicken marsala, mashed potatoes and garden vegetables.
But if you’re there for the ball drop, you might want to reconsider: “It’s a limited view” of the proceedings, manager Michael Garver told the New York Post.
Partying down at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. will set you back $799 a head, but you’re assured a view of the ball drop, which isn’t even a guarantee at Ruby Tuesday, whose Times Square location is offering packages from $349 to $1,699 (for the couple’s package). Turns out, you can’t see the ball drop from inside ol’ RT.
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Aiming for something in the middle of Bubba Gump and Ruby Tuesday, both in terms of price and ambiance? Buca di Beppo’s VIP couples package is $999 and includes “pasta, chicken and salmon,” according to the Post.
The memories, though, are priceless.
— Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl