It's come to this, America: Two New York City Applebee's are charging $375 for the privilege of attending their 4-hour New Year's Eve party. This from the restaurant chain that, MarketWatch reminds us, is known for its two-for-$20 dinner deals. The "night to remember," being offered at the Times Square and Theatre District locations, starts at 8pm and offers much more than "Non-Stop Fun!" Namely, a "premium" open bar, house DJ, party favors, and a chef's selection buffet (an Applebee's rep says it will be cooked by "some fairly sophisticated culinary people").
Oh, and it's family-friendly: Kids under 12 get in for the low, low price of $250. And though Applebee's promotes the fact that "after 11pm, guests are allowed to make their way to the streets of Times Square to ring in the New Year" (with the help of Sonia Sotomayor), the head of the Times Square Alliance tells MarketWatch that as midnight closes in, patrons streaming out of venues in the "prime viewing area" may be instructed by police to move elsewhere. Looking for a bargain? The TGI Friday's in Times Square is apparently charging $299.99. (Read more Applebee's stories.)