Restaurants in Times Square are going to ring in the new year with huge crowds paying big money for food and drinks including a $400/person buffet at the Olive Garden that doesn’t even come with breadsticks! That was originally the plan. However, after this made headlines, there was an outpouring of people not happy with that decision. That made Olive Garden re-think it and now officials have decided to include those tasty breadsticks with the high-priced holiday buffet. Whew!
The New York Post says that’s not even the priciest plate in Times Square; Bubba Gump Shrimp is asking $799/person while Ruby Tuesday’s package starts at $349 a person.
Of course, you’re not just paying for the food – most of these packages come with an open bar and some other extras along with the most valuable thing – a guaranteed place to eat, drink and hang out right where the ball drop is happening in Times Square.
That said, most of the restaurants around Times Square don’t actually have a great view of the ball drop so even if you spend hundreds of dollars for dinner you still have to fight the crowds outside to see the actual ball drop.