Olive Garden's NYE Dinner Will Cost You $400
Only in New York, kids
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2015 8:38 AM CST
In this May 22, 2014, file photo, patrons exit an Olive Garden in Short Pump, Va.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

(Newser) – Dining in NYC can be expensive, and it's a given that on New Year's Eve, Times Square eateries will be profiting even more from the reveling crowds. That includes the Great White Way's local chain restaurants, set to charge their usual exorbitant prices for the night's celebratory fare, the New York Post reports. The Times Square Olive Garden, for instance, will offer a buffet meal with open bar and a DJ for $400 per person (it only offers a "limited view" of the famous Waterford crystal ball). While the Post reports the buffet won't feature Olive Garden's trademark breadsticks, the company confirms to Newser that they will indeed be served. Whew.

A "couple's VIP" table at Ruby Tuesday will set a dining duo back $1,699, per the Post, which points out that Bubba Gump Shrimp on Broadway is similarly pricey at $799 a head. TGI Friday's, Applebee's, Buffalo Wild Wings, and plenty of other venues are also opening their doors to noshers with a penchant for what's essentially high-priced pub grub. Take your pick of parties at the Times Square website.