Lifestyle New Year's Eve Times Square: Olive Garden, Senor Frog's and more crazy parties By Melissa Kravitz email@example.com Updated December 28, 2015 2:38 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Still haven't made New Year's plans? That's what Times Square is for! That is, if you have tons of money to spend and no regard for personal space, you may enjoy the exorbitant parties. Some of these hugely expensive, tourist-magnet events are sold out, believe it or not, but feel free to gawk at the way many are choosing to spend NYE in NYC. From a $400 buffet at Olive Garden to a similarly priced sit-down meal at Senor Frog's, you may want to skip these outlandish affairs and watch the ball drop at a safe distance from these chain restaurants. Olive Garden, $400 Photo Credit: perspective via Flickr The $400 tickets for NYE at Olive Garden went on sale on Oct. 1 and promptly sold out but that doesn't mean you can't find any on Craigslist. ... The tri-level restaurant will be dedicated to ringing in 2016 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a 21+ party including a dinner buffet, open bar and with a DJ and dancing throughout the night. A typical lunch here costs about $15. Applebee's, $375 Photo Credit: prayitnophotography via Flickr Lucky us -- there are not one but two Applebee's in Times Square hosting New Year's parties! Both locations promise a chef's selection buffet, premium open bar, party favors, a DJ and live entertainment, a Champagne toast and non-stop fun. Kids are invited for a discounted rate. Tickets at newyearsevepartynyc.com. Buca di Beppo, $360 - $999 Photo Credit: thomashawk via Flickr Boasting a 3.5 star Yelp rating -- compared to Olive Garden Times Square's 3 stars -- Buca di Beppo may be the superior gluttonous and glutenous Italian choice for your New Year's Eve gorge-fest. Family-style pasta dinners start at $360/person and include an open bar to chase down your unlimited fettuccine Alfredo and eggplant parm. Couples who want to splurge on the night of their lives for almost $1,000 will also enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine, bucket of beer and a mid-shelf open bar. Alternative idea: make all the pasta and drink all the beer you can at home. Tickets here. Ruby Tuesday, $350-$1700 Photo Credit: sunfox via Flickr Depending how luxe you want to go at Ruby Tuesday, you can spend $350 on your general admission ticket -- but bring cash, gratuity isn't included -- or $1,700 on a romantic couple's table, because you know there's no better date than a five-hour party at a Times Square chain restaurant. Those on a $350-per-person budget can enjoy an open bar, passed appetizers and "complimentary festive NYE party favors." Planet Hollywood, $300-$1600 Photo Credit: bfishadow via Flickr You could probably travel to Hollywood for a legit NYE party before you splurge on a party package at this Times Square tourist trap. General admission includes a mid-shelf open bar and passed appetizers (Mozzarella Triangles! World Famous Chicken Crunch!) with bottle service upgrades and a $1,300 package for three -- yes, that's $433 to be the third wheel -- with a midnight "sparkling wine toast" also available. Tickets here. Senor Frog's, $100-$400 Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Leap into 2016 with Times Square's newest amphibian destination. Senor Frog's promises conga lines, balloon hats and more at any price range. VIPs who paid $400 will also enjoy a three-course dinner, eight-hour premium open bar and a special cocktail hour. Those who need somewhere to down tequila shots after midnight can purchase a $100 after-party ticket for celebrations until 4 a.m. Buena suerte. Tickets at senorfrogs.com TGI Friday's, $50-$900 Photo Credit: perspective via Flickr You'll be thanking someone it's Friday the day after you lose a big chunk of your money and soul at this big NYE blowout. Enter after midnight, or actually on Friday for a $50 cover charge that gains you nothing but entry to the dance floor. Or, splurge for the $900 couples package (ironic first Tinder date, anyone?), which includes an unspecified bottle of champagne and a top-shelf open bar. Tickets here. By Melissa Kravitz firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic 15 reasons to stay home on New Year's EveClose your windows. Lock your doors. Stay inside. Señor Frog's NYC meets beachy, boozy expectationsEndless spring break comes to Times Square. We tried the ultimate NYC Power Lunch: Olive Garden Times SquareThe pasta never ends. Literally. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.