Wednesday, December 30, 2015
And this New Years Eve the money grubbers are at it again. Some of the crappy chain restaurants in Times Square are hiking up prices ridiculously to take advantage of the crowds. The Olive Garden – is there a more mediocre Italian restaurant than the fucking Olive Garden? – is charging $400 for dinner tomorrow night. That's right. And that doesn't include the Goddamn breadsticks. Yeah, the Olive Garden is “family” – the Corleone family.
Oh, and to see the ball drop from the Olive Garden, you get an obstructed view. What do you want for only $400?
You could go to the Counter for $450. But that doesn’t include hamburgers. The Counter IS a hamburger joint. The $450 entitles you to mini-burgers and fries. Jon Favreau is a part-owner I understand. If so, shame on you Jon.
The “Couples VIP” deal at Buca di Beppo (which is the Italian equivalent of the Hungry Heifer) wants $500 but does include all the Franco-American-quality pasta you can stand.
This is of course completely OUTRAGEOUS. The French Revolution was started for less. For those prices, Donald Trump should stop by every table and thank his supporters. I wonder how many of these customers will spend an extra $20,000 and buy the Brooklyn Bridge.
It’s as if Bernie Madoff recorded a cover of “New York State of Mind.”
I’m just glad Dick Clark doesn’t have to see this.
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM