It Costs How Much to Party at the Olive Garden on New Year’s Eve?

12/29/2015 at 12:42 PM ET

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Planning on spending New Year’s in New York City?

Why not take in an evening at one of the city’s many fine eateries, like — and this is a little locals-only tip (you’re welcome) — Olive Garden? Or perhaps Ruby Tuesday?

And hey, this is New Year’s Eve 2015. Why not live a little? Why not spend up to $1,700?

That’s what some of Times Square’s finest chain restaurants are charging for their New Year’s package. For instance, Olive Garden’s $400 party package includes a DJ, open bar, buffet and, despite rumors to the contrary, there will be breadsticks. The buffet will serve chicken con broccoli, eggplant parmigiana, shrimp primavera, short ribs, chicken marsala, mashed potatoes and garden vegetables.

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But if you’re there for the ball drop, you might want to reconsider: “It’s a limited view” of the proceedings, manager Michael Garver told the New York Post.

Partying down at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. will set you back $799 a head, but you’re assured a view of the ball drop, which isn’t even a guarantee at Ruby Tuesday, whose Times Square location is offering packages from $349 to $1,699 (for the couple’s package). Turns out, you can’t see the ball drop from inside ol’ RT.

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Aiming for something in the middle of Bubba Gump and Ruby Tuesday, both in terms of price and ambiance? Buca di Beppo’s VIP couples package is $999 and includes “pasta, chicken and salmon,” according to the Post.

The memories, though, are priceless.

— Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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It takes a real rube to even consider going to Times Square on NYE, let alone pay to eat at one of these crappy places.

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No life having itches!

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No thanks. I’ll stay close to home and attend the free Lauren Hill concert and fireworks in my local Downtown area

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400$ for they trash I will pass! Rather go to the gerocery store and prepare my own meal! LMAO who would really spend that kind of money at the Olive Garden? Most I have spent was 50$ and I said never again.

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