How much would you be willing to pay to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve from the comfort of a restaurant? Well, Olive Garden in Times Square is charging $400 per person come Thursday — at least that hefty price includes a buffet and open bar!
New Year’s Eve is the craziest night of the year in Times Square, NYC, and tons of restaurants lucky enough to be located there take full advantage of those looking to have a great view of the ball drop…from inside, that is. Olive Garden is looking for $400 for this valuable experience, but here’s the crazy part — they’re not even offering their famous breadsticks as part of the deal! You get to party indoors, but with no breadsticks and a limited view of the ball dropping, this isn’t looking to be such a fantastic deal after all.
That’s right — according to Michael Garver, a manager of Olive Garden, the view from the restaurant is actually not great. “It’s a limited view,” he told the New York Post. Hey, that’s what TVs are for, right? “The Olive Garden fest includes a DJ, open bar and buffet meal — but no breadsticks, a staple of the ‘You’re Family’ eatery,” the newspaper also reports. Come on, unlimited bread sticks and salad are what makes Olive Garden what it is!
If $400 seems steep, you should see what some of the other eateries at the Crossroads of the World are charging for the evening. Bubba Gump Shrimp on Broadway is charging $799 per person, though they have a better vantage point of the ball dropping, and Ruby Tuesday is asking up to $1,699/person for the “Couple’s VIP Table”…and you can’t see the ball at all from inside. Finally, a hamburger chain called The Counter is looking for $449, and you don’t even get real food — just mini burgers and fries. Crazy!!
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HollywoodLifers, do you think it’s insane to charge $400 for a dinner at Olive Garden?