You Can’t Even Get a Bargain at Applebee’s on New Year’s Eve

Though spending the night at TGI Friday’s will cost you a bit less

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New Year's Eve at Applebee's isn't cheap.

Applebee’s, that hallowed staple of affordable, family-friendly, no-headaches American dining, is converting its Times Square location into a hot nightclub version of itself — or something along those lines — for a New Year’s Eve celebration. And it ain’t cheap.

For a cool $375, you can buy your way into the party, which, according to an Applebee’s spokesperson, will include “a ton of food” prepared by “some fairly sophisticated culinary people,” a house DJ, dance floor, “premium” open bar and other party favors. The party runs from 8 p.m. to midnight, the New York Post reports.

If you find yourself suddenly priced out of Applebee’s for the night, do not despair. The TGI Friday’s at Times Square will let you into its party for $225. And every other Applebee’s in the city will be open, serving up the standard Applebee’s fare, plus a Champagne toast and TVs tuned to the midnight ball drop.

And let’s be honest, your odds of actually watching the ball drop are probably greater from a roomy Applebee’s in Queens than in a packed party surrounded by up to a million revelers in Times Square for the night.

[New York Post]


From Applebees to the Waldorf Astoria on New Years times have changed.

Growing up I felt like Cinderella permitted to stay up to the stroke of midnight and watch along with millions of TV viewers as Guy Lombardo and his Canadian Mounties rang in the New Year broadcasting live from the glamorous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC.

The epitome of high-bred good taste, the New Year extravaganza was telecast live from the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel located on fashionable Park Avenue, where New York’s glamorous high society would welcome in the new year. For one night only, I too would be a part of “those who know life’s more sophisticated pleasures.”