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]