Times Square Restaurants Upping Prices on New Year’s Eve


0  Updated at 9:49 pm, December 30th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Times Square in New York City is the center of the world come New Year’s Eve. Tens of thousands of revelers from around the world flock to midtown Manhattan, where they are subsequently forced to wait for hours in the freezing cold and without access to bathrooms.

The casual dining chain restaurants in Times Square have come up with solution to every partier’s problem — but it comes with a price.

Applebee’s two Times Square locations are offering tickets for $350 or $375. That money gets you a buffet dinner, open bar, a DJ and a champagne toast at midnight.

At Ruby Tuesday, general admission will cost you $295 and a VIP table goes for a whopping $495. Regular guests get mini beef and zuchini burgers, but for an extra 200 bucks, VIPs get to much on teriyaki wings and a shrimp platter.

At TGI Fridays, tickets sell for $299 and include a live DJ, hats, and noisemakers. A manager at Friday’s told ABC News, “There will be steak and probably salmon. There might chicken marsala but I can’t promise.”

But the manager at Friday’s also promises two Times Square on New Years Eve staples – “we got bathrooms,” he said, “And plenty of heat.”

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