To welcome the new year, Manhattan’s restaurant Per Se, owned by chef Thomas Keller in New York City, is hiking the price of its dinner menu from $295 to $310 in 2014.
Per Se’s lunch menu will now be $205 for four courses and $245 for seven courses, according to Ryan Sutton. Dinner for 2 after tax but before wine will cost $675.
Sutton also tweeted a breakdown of the entry level prices at New York’s most expensive restaurants:
“Masa: $450. Kuruma: $300 Per Se: $310 (service included). Brooklyn Fare: $255. EMP: $225. Daniel: $220. Sushi Ko + Rosanjin: $200.”
The French Laundry is raising its menu price by $25 to $295 in 2014. Dinner for 2 after tax but before wine will cost $642.
Eater claims Rotisserie Georgette will be offering an a la carte menu and a four-course tasting menu ($160) on New Year’s Eve.
Applebee’s may be known for for its whiskey-flavored steaks and two-for-$20 dinners, but every New Year’s Eve Applebee’s goes all-out.
Market Watch’s Charles Passy notes the chain’s franchise-owned restaurant in New York’s Times Square offers a $375-a-person New Year’s Eve bash that’s billed as “A Night To Remember,”with the price of those under 12 costing $250.
The Applebee’s party, from 8 p.m. to midnight, features an extensive buffet, a “premium”open bar, a house DJ, a dance floor, plus party favors.
The buffet will include steak and shrimp prepared by “some fairly sophisticated culinary people,”says Zane Tankel, who heads up all 38 Applebee’s restaurants in the New York metro area. Add in the decor and “you wouldn’t know you were at an Applebee’s for that one night,”Tankel says.
On the other hand, almost any of the chain’s other New York locations on New Year’s eve will feature the standard Applebee’s menu with check prices averaging slightly above $20.
But as Passy points out, almost all Times Square restaurants and hotels have high-priced party packages, including TGI Friday’s starting at $225, and the Andaz 5th Avenue for $14,000, which includes a two-night stay at the hotel, plus meals and spa treatments.
And Party goers on New Year’s Eve in New York’s Time Square who just want to watch the ball drop will pay a high price of their own.
The prime viewing areas fill up by afternoon, meaning that people will wait in the cold for anywhere from 6 to 12 hours with no public restrooms in the area that are open during the festivities.
And having an expensive ticket to the Applebee’s New Year’s Eve affair or other ticketed events in Times Square that evening will not guarantee anyone a glimpse of the famous ball dropping.
Because as it gets close to midnight, patrons who leave restaurants or other party spaces in the prime viewing area may be directed to move elsewhere by the New York Police Department, who will give preferential treatment to revelers who showed up earlier in the day.
“Security is much more tightly controlled and there are so many people,”says Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, which has attracted up to 1 million attendees in recent years.
Even on the Applebee’s website there’s a warning that viewing of the ball drop is “subject to NYPD approval”