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Applebee's $375. Not $3.75....$375

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  • Westy Dec 30, 2013 10:33 AM
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Pretty amazing. Wonder what kind of turnout they'll get:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/375-app...

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  1. The chain restaurants in times square are a true dining experience. A friend of mine is a native NYer and when we discovered he had never been to many chain restaurants, we had to introduce him...starting with the Times Sq outpost of Red Lobster. It was pretty epic- the food was awful, it was incredibly overpriced and every "cocktail" we ordered tasted exactly the same but came in a different glass (blind tasting couldnt tell the difference between a Long Island Iced Tea and a margarita.) However, the best part was that people were taking their meals SO seriously- there was more than one table of couples dressed to the nines and, while they did seem to be tourists, they were american so they at least knew what kind of restaurant they were in. I imagine this Applebee's thing will have a sizable turnout, although it IS confusing to me.

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    1. re: CarmenR

      So people that can't afford to go to one your approved "fancy" restaurants shouldn't get dressed up for their big night out if they so choose without people like you making fun of them?

      1. re: Rick

        wait, what? The meal we had was terrible and expensive- far more expensive than MANY MANY restaurants I've been to in Manhattan and Brooklyn with WAY better food. My comment was not drawing any sort of economic parallels and was, rather, simply relating an interesting point about Red Lobster.

        1. re: CarmenR

          You were clearly poking fun at people for dressing up at Red Lobster. If people choose to have their big night out at Red Lobster in Times Square, I fail to see why they should be made fun of.

          1. re: Rick

            Not making fun, but I think it is rather sad. Many people do not like to be outside of their comfort zone especially when it comes to food.

            1. re: melpy

              And yet, when I worked at Red Lobster, several times we actually had whole wedding parties come in, straight from the ceremony. All I know is they were having a good old time, and that's all that matters in the end.

      2. re: CarmenR

        Last Christmas we were forced to have lunch at TGIF because it was the only handicapped accessible place we could find in Times Square that didn't have lines out the door. Our bill was about double what I expected but at that point I was glad to have anything at all to eat. A lot of Times Square dining is last minute decisions, so don't judge too harshly.

      3. Here's my Applebee's or TGI Friday's story about Times Square. About eight years ago we Floridians were shopping late and seeing the sights and ended up in Times Square about ten minutes after midnight a few weeks before Christmas.

        The wind was blowing and it was incredibly cold. We discovered that everything had closed at midnight or earlier and no sit down restaurants were open. We joked about New York City being the "city that never sleeps."

        The only restaurant open was an Applebee's or a TGI Fridays. (I can't remember which.) For $17 I was able to order a hamburger and fries.

        1. Location, location, location.

          1. Sounds like it's not the first time they've done it... so somebody must go.

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            1. re: Kajikit

              It sure beats being outside in the cold with no bathroom watching the ball drop. Most of the other chains in Times Square do the same

              1. re: roro1831

                I did the Times Square ball drop back in college. Freezing rain, no bathrooms, my date threw up on my shoes, pure misery.
                I have enjoyed the videos of the fireworks on the Sydney Harbor bridge, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Bahrain, and Dubai along the times zones today, quite spectacular, as I sit home and dry with indoor plumbing.

                1. re: Veggo

                  I would never do Times Square again for NYE. My husband had been before we had met and he loved it (why I don't know, he doesn't drink much, he was alone, and he couldn't hear the music from where he was). Convinced me to go and it was FREEZING that year. He still wants to do it again sometime. I am not invited. (crying in the street is less than attractive apparently)

            2. According to the CEO they sold out both locations like two days before NYE. That's 1000 tickets!

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              1. re: janniecooks

                Interesting, the market demand and what people will pay.

                1. re: treb

                  True. Compared to the bid-ask spread for tickets to the upcoming Superbowl across the Hudson, $375 is tippin' money.

                  1. re: Veggo

                    Or, general admin to a 3 day Governor's Ball at Randall's Island this summer. Tickets without transport runs $250-$2,000.00 each. And it will sell out and NO restaurants!

                    1. re: HillJ

                      My stupid ticket story: Mike Tyson's first fight after he got out of prison, at the MGM in Vegas. Ticket was $1000. Fight ended in the first round.

                      1. re: Veggo

                        Laughing all the way to the bank.

              2. You're not paying $375 for Applebee's -- you're renting a dry, warm seat with indoor plumbing and a front-row view of the ball drop.

                I didn't think it sounded like a bad price at all.

                1. This is actually one of the cheaper chain option in Times Square. TGIF tickets were over a thousand. It's all about location.

                  http://mobile.businessweek.com/articl...

                  Interestingly enough Guy Fieris place the tix were less than Applebee's.

                  1. The problem with dining in Times Square is... being in Times Square. Better to take a cab or the subway - even if only a few blocks - either uptown or downtown and go to a non-chain place that's a little more interesting. Even the restaurants up by Lincoln Center have it all over the tourist traps down where the ball drops.

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                    1. re: caravan70

                      but isn't the whole idea of being in Times Square on NYE to see the ball drop?

                      1. re: sunshine842

                        But... you'll be surrounded by several million drunk people. And if you want to watch it from a nearby restaurant, you'll be charged ridiculous prices. I always think it's better to head out to a special event, such as one at a good jazz club (The Stone had John Zorn and Thurston Moore this year.) Watching the ball drop is fine if you're in college and don't care about little things like 10-degree weather and being surrounded by millions of people. These days, I'd rather see it on television from a decent bar.

                        1. re: caravan70

                          the topic of this conversation was having a table at Applebees so you can watch the ball drop.

                          Watching the ball drop is a bucket list item for a lot of people -- frankly, I'd seriously consider the $375 if I were ever to decide to be in NYC on NYE-- seems a pretty decent price to me to be warm, dry, and not having the breath squeezed out of me by the crowds.