Finding a warm spot to observe the ball drop in Times Square will probably be harder to search out this 12 months.
Latest 12 months’s Eve revelers may have fewer options to rejoice at a bar or restaurant in Times Square after nearly three years of brutal pandemic closures.
There are 55 fewer venues today compared with 2019, in response to the Times Square Alliance, which covers a swath of the “Crossroads of the World” from fortieth to 53rd streets between Sixth and Eighth avenues.
The pandemic claimed some Times Square mainstays, including Ruby Tuesdays, TGI Fridays, Planet Hollywood, O’Lunneys Times Square Pub and Heartland Brewery.
Most of the bars and restaurants that remain open are fully booked or nearly sold out despite charging as much as $5,500 to attend a Latest 12 months’s Eve bash.
A lot of the Times Square venues are selling out for Latest 12 months’s Eve.Getty Images/iStockphoto
The Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar on forty second St. and a second one on Broadway and fiftieth Street has seen brisk sales at each locations, which each can fit 500 people. Their Latest 12 months’s Eve parties — going for $600 a pop — have sold out.
“We are often selling tickets as much as 4 p.m. on Latest 12 months’s Eve,” owner Zane Tankel told The Post on Thursday. “We have now never sold out this early and I believe it’s because there are a variety of places that are usually not hosting parties this 12 months” that had previously.
Event producer Balldrop.com said this 12 months’s black-tie party on the Marriott Marquee Hotel, which is charging between $1,000 and 5,500 — is sort of sold out.
The 2 Applebee’s restaurants in Times Square sold out for Latest 12 months’s Eve, charging $600 per ticket.LightRocket via Getty Images
The worth includes food, live entertainment, a DJ and people who are paying for the most costly tickets get a view of the ball dropping, said Balldrop.com’s co-owner Josh Perla.
On average, ticket prices have gone up between 10% and 15% this 12 months, with the typical party costing $250 a pop or $500 a pop for a view of the ball, in response to Balldrop.com.
Nearly all of Times Square revelers are from out of town or overseas, Perla said.
Last 12 months, the Omicron variant put a damper on the celebration as town limited outdoor attendance to fifteen,000 within the Bowtie area and required masks and proof of vaccination.
“We expect huge crowds again in Times Square,” Times Square Alliance President Tom Harris said.
The Marriott Marquis Hotel is hosting a Latest 12 months’s Eve bash that costs between $1,000 and $5,500 per person.Marriott Marquis
But not every restaurant owner in Times Square is keen to host a Latest 12 months’s Eve party.
Pasta palace Carmine’s and Virgil’s Real BBQ have sat out the massive night for years, in response to Jeffrey Bank, chief executive of Alicart Restaurant Group which owns the eateries.
“Our employees want the night off, and it’s an excessive amount of grief to remain open,” with all the road closures, Bank said.
Alicart’s just opened the huge Mermaid Oyster Bar in a former Heartland Brewery space at 127 W. forty third St. and has also decided to remain dark when the ball drops, Bank said.