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2013-12-30 04:27:22 PM

BizarreMan: Sybarite: The party runs from 8 p.m. to midnight

So you're saying I'm going to have to drink fast.

I wondered about that.  Shouldn't it run till at least 1am?  When they turn up the lights and announce last call before the ball drops, you know you've got a crappy party.


And that's before taking into consideration the fact that the party is being held at Applebee's in the first place.
 
2013-12-30 04:28:02 PM

MFAWG: Diogenes: BizarreMan: Sybarite: The party runs from 8 p.m. to midnight

So you're saying I'm going to have to drink fast.

I wondered about that.  Shouldn't it run till at least 1am?  When they turn up the lights and announce last call before the ball drops, you know you've got a crappy party.

THREE!  TWO!  ONE!  NOW GTFO!

I think the idea is that you stagger out into the square at11.59 to watch the ball drop live, and then wake up in New Jersey Thursday morning without your pants.


Sign me up!
 
2013-12-30 04:28:40 PM

theflatline: My coworkers gave me a gift certificate for Applebees for my birthday.  They lady who bought is incensed that I still have not used it yet.


How does she know you haven't used it yet?
 
2013-12-30 04:28:56 PM

Jument: GORDON: The Stealth Hippopotamus: "premium" open bar

On New Years Eve in Times Square?!? Plus food?! Only $375.

I'd do it.

No joke.  Subby's snob is showing.

Well, it's Applebee's food, right? So you're talking $20 worth of mediocre and good luck drinking $375 worth of booze in four hours (I'm sure some of you could, go nuts!)

As an old guy who thinks everyone who lives in NYC is insane, I say "hell no". I'll probably be spending about $40 tops for new years with the wife and a few friends. I'd consider $375 if sex with supermodels was included.



We will be going to a four-course prix fixe meal at our favorite Italian restaurant for $105/person which includes wine pairings with each course, a champagne toast at midnight and prizes throughout the meal (we have a 10:00 seating).  While it isn't cheap, it's nowhere as expensive as Times Square and the food is incredible.
 
2013-12-30 04:29:09 PM
Personally, I like to stop and start each year with a Chicken Fajita Roll-up for good luck. This tradition goes back to the Aztecs.
 
2013-12-30 04:29:44 PM
I was at a restaurant in Belgium--the mecca for beer lovers--and was shocked to see Budweiser on the menu.  I asked the waiter about it, and he said they keep it on the menu for American tourists.
 
2013-12-30 04:30:03 PM

Cajnik: I Like Shiny Things: Farkers love to complain about it because:

1: they can't afford it
2. they have to leave the house for it
3. It is successful. (ask your WOW friends what that word means, but not during a raid!)

So when people from out of town visit, do you take them to Applebee's to impress them? Since I assume you can afford it.


Um, no, I wouldn't do that. It is not that type of restaurant, but I think you are such a clever guy that you already knew that?

I'd actually take them to Berns steakhouse, since you asked.

Applebee's isn't a 'impress the potential clients' type of place, since you asked.

Just a heads up for you, not everyone picks restaurants to impress others.

I eat out 6 nites a week. Sunday is reserved for whatever I put on the smoker.

I'd love to eat at Berns 6 nites a week, but that place is at least 200 for 2. I wish I could afford that 6 times a week , but I cannot. I'm sorry that doesn't impress you. I wish I had a killer IT admin job. Then I could only eat at gourmet restaurants like you.

However, I can afford moderately priced chains and local places 6 times a week. Its good food for a fair price. Applebees, Olive Garden, Outback, Longhorn, Chilis, Ruby Tuesdays.

For a $50 meal, those places are YUMMY, and anyone who says otherwise is cray-cray.
 
2013-12-30 04:33:02 PM

farm machine: Cajnik: Applebees in Time's Square? So you'll be rubbing shoulders with such A-listers as Lyle and Gertrude from Podunk, NE

Easy now.  These are my parents and all of us kids saved up all year to finance this bucket list trip for them.  We even went so far as to get them  all new smallclothes from Mr. Haney when he came by in his wagon.  Mom's pretty excited as she hasn't been on the Greyhound bus since Uncle Lester moved back from Capital City 10 years back.  Dad's been practicing all of his uppity high falooting city slicker moves and can't wait to ride on them moving stairs - Mom's hoping he doesn't spend too much time on them as she wants to make sure that they get a good booth at Applebees.  The town newspaper man even stopped  by to interview Mom and Dad and wants them to send a postcard back so that he can update the town folk.  We haven't had this much excitement around these parts since Ms. Helen's pet pig gave birth indoors.


I am just surprised the Bubba-Gump Shrimp place next door hasn't driven them both out of business.
 
2013-12-30 04:33:04 PM
I used to want to go to times square for new years at least once, but since NY went all police state and caged everyone in I think ill pass on it.
 
2013-12-30 04:33:09 PM

I Like Shiny Things: Applebee's isn't a 'impress the potential clients' type of place, since you asked.


Chili's is the new golf course, breh.
 
2013-12-30 04:33:53 PM

groppet: I used to want to go to times square for new years at least once, but since NY went all police state and caged everyone in I think ill pass on it.


it's going to get to the point where the only people there are cops.
 
2013-12-30 04:34:30 PM

GuyFawkes: We will be going to a four-course prix fixe meal at our favorite Italian restaurant for $105/person which includes wine pairings with each course, a champagne toast at midnight and prizes throughout the meal (we have a 10:00 seating). While it isn't cheap, it's nowhere as expensive as Times Square and the food is incredible.


Location Location Location.

Jument: Well, it's Applebee's food, right? So you're talking $20 worth of mediocre and good luck drinking $375 worth of booze in four hours (I'm sure some of you could, go nuts!)


Well if you familiar with NYC at all you know that you could be shelling out big bucks for just one drink. That would 7-8 drinks at a trendy bar.
 
2013-12-30 04:36:07 PM

DrBrownCow: I was at a restaurant in Belgium--the mecca for beer lovers--and was shocked to see Budweiser on the menu.  I asked the waiter about it, and he said they keep it on the menu for American tourists.


What is sad is that if you go to most any pub in the UK or Europe these days you will see Budweiser or some similiar American piss water on tap.  And its not for the tourists.
 
2013-12-30 04:38:57 PM

HempHead: farm machine: Cajnik: Applebees in Time's Square? So you'll be rubbing shoulders with such A-listers as Lyle and Gertrude from Podunk, NE

Easy now.  These are my parents and all of us kids saved up all year to finance this bucket list trip for them.  We even went so far as to get them  all new smallclothes from Mr. Haney when he came by in his wagon.  Mom's pretty excited as she hasn't been on the Greyhound bus since Uncle Lester moved back from Capital City 10 years back.  Dad's been practicing all of his uppity high falooting city slicker moves and can't wait to ride on them moving stairs - Mom's hoping he doesn't spend too much time on them as she wants to make sure that they get a good booth at Applebees.  The town newspaper man even stopped  by to interview Mom and Dad and wants them to send a postcard back so that he can update the town folk.  We haven't had this much excitement around these parts since Ms. Helen's pet pig gave birth indoors.

I am just surprised the Bubba-Gump Shrimp place next door hasn't driven them both out of business.


They have cute tshirts :)
 
2013-12-30 04:39:04 PM

I Like Shiny Things: Cajnik: I Like Shiny Things: Farkers love to complain about it because:

1: they can't afford it
2. they have to leave the house for it
3. It is successful. (ask your WOW friends what that word means, but not during a raid!)

So when people from out of town visit, do you take them to Applebee's to impress them? Since I assume you can afford it.

Um, no, I wouldn't do that. It is not that type of restaurant, but I think you are such a clever guy that you already knew that?

I'd actually take them to Berns steakhouse, since you asked.

Applebee's isn't a 'impress the potential clients' type of place, since you asked.

Just a heads up for you, not everyone picks restaurants to impress others.

I eat out 6 nites a week. Sunday is reserved for whatever I put on the smoker.

I'd love to eat at Berns 6 nites a week, but that place is at least 200 for 2. I wish I could afford that 6 times a week , but I cannot. I'm sorry that doesn't impress you. I wish I had a killer IT admin job. Then I could only eat at gourmet restaurants like you.

However, I can afford moderately priced chains and local places 6 times a week. Its good food for a fair price. Applebees, Olive Garden, Outback, Longhorn, Chilis, Ruby Tuesdays.

For a $50 meal, those places are YUMMY, and anyone who says otherwise is cray-cray.


You sound like you have high blood pressure. Might wanna cut back on the sodium.

"Just a heads up"
 
2013-12-30 04:39:20 PM
This is right up there with the Valentine's Day candlelight dinner at Waffle House.
 
2013-12-30 04:41:14 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Well if you familiar with NYC at all you know that you could be shelling out big bucks for just one drink. That would 7-8 drinks at a trendy bar.


Which clubs in NY do you go to where the drinks are 50 bucks each?
 
2013-12-30 04:41:23 PM

theflatline: My coworkers gave me a gift certificate for Applebees for my birthday.  They lady who bought is incensed that I still have not used it yet.


My old boss gave me a gc for there too.  It was very specific that you can't use it on booze, only food.
 
2013-12-30 04:43:06 PM
How much is it if I bring my two toddlers also?

youoffendmeyouoffendmyfamily.com
 
2013-12-30 04:43:57 PM

I Like Shiny Things: However, I can afford moderately priced chains and local places 6 times a week. Its good food for a fair price. Applebees, Olive Garden, Outback, Longhorn, Chilis, Ruby Tuesdays.

For a $50 meal, those places are YUMMY OVERPRICED, and anyone who says otherwise is cray-cray. has actually eaten good food

.

When I've been on 2-week business trips and been forced by the rest of the team to go to those places 13 nights in a row, I'm ready to kill somebody.

You can get really, really good ethnic (Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, Italian, Levant/Mediterranean, Eastern European) that's half the price, more interesting, and a hell of a lot healthier.
 
2013-12-30 04:44:08 PM

LeroyBourne: theflatline: My coworkers gave me a gift certificate for Applebees for my birthday.  They lady who bought is incensed that I still have not used it yet.

My old boss gave me a gc for there too.  It was very specific that you can't use it on booze, only food.


Boo!  Why use it then?

/i've never really liked their food
//but i've been drunk in their bars
 
2013-12-30 04:44:54 PM

I Like Shiny Things: However, I can afford moderately priced chains and local places 6 times a week. Its good food for a fair price. Applebees, Olive Garden, Outback, Longhorn, Chilis, Ruby Tuesdays.


I wonder how long a person could live if they actually ate like that for real, each meal would be like a weeks worth of salt and a few days worth of calories.
 
2013-12-30 04:45:48 PM
Some of the local bars in Richmond would have shut ins (not for nearly this much). They were smaller and had a lot of the local or frequent visitors in their 20s. Those were really fun.  If I spent $400 for a New Years Party, it would need to be a nice hotel or someplace fancy,
 
2013-12-30 04:46:45 PM

LeroyBourne: theflatline: My coworkers gave me a gift certificate for Applebees for my birthday.  They lady who bought is incensed that I still have not used it yet.

My old boss gave me a gc for there too.  It was very specific that you can't use it on booze, only food.


are you sure it just wasn't a coupon? that seems farked up, he gave applebees his cash and they gave him back a gift card that can't even be used on the same items as the cash he just gave them?
 
2013-12-30 04:46:58 PM

FrancoFile: I Like Shiny Things: However, I can afford moderately priced chains and local places 6 times a week. Its good food for a fair price. Applebees, Olive Garden, Outback, Longhorn, Chilis, Ruby Tuesdays.

For a $50 meal, those places are YUMMY OVERPRICED, and anyone who says otherwise is cray-cray. has actually eaten good food.

When I've been on 2-week business trips and been forced by the rest of the team to go to those places 13 nights in a row, I'm ready to kill somebody.

You can get really, really good ethnic (Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, Italian, Levant/Mediterranean, Eastern European) that's half the price, more interesting, and a hell of a lot healthier.


Since Bern's was getting thrown around, I assume he lived in tampa. I lived there about 8 years ago, and outside of the local diners and a Thai place in Temple Terrace, the pickings were slim. Living in a big city gives you a lot of perspective in terms of food.

(I still love our home cooked creations over most food in restaurants... Sultan's excluded!)
 
2013-12-30 04:48:27 PM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: For a cool $375, you can buy your way into the party, which, according to an Applebee's spokesperson, will include "a ton of food" prepared by "some fairly sophisticated culinary people,"

[i.imgur.com image 400x534]

What a fairly sophisticated Applebee's culinary person may look like.


Nah, he has his own shiatty Times Square restaurant.

guysamericankitchenandbar.com
 
2013-12-30 04:50:18 PM
I like having a nice, fancy, NYE.

Other than that, though, I am staying home to drink.  It's just like St. Patrick's Day...all of the amateur drinkers decide to go pro on the same night, and it's a mess.
 
2013-12-30 04:51:49 PM

BizarreMan: Sybarite: The party runs from 8 p.m. to midnight

So you're saying I'm going to have to drink fast.

I wondered about that.  Shouldn't it run till at least 1am?  When they turn up the lights and announce last call before the ball drops, you know you've got a crappy party.


bwahahahaha
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
 
2013-12-30 04:52:46 PM
Good freakin' luck getting into or out of anyplace even remotely close to Times Square on New Year's Eve. The one time I went, I was able to get as close as about eight blocks before the crowds became impassable. After the drop, people turned and ran by the tens of thousands to the subway stations; it was like being in the middle of a riot, but without the looting and smashing stuff.

CSB: I took a bottle of champagne with me to ring in the New Year, and my host warned me that it would be disallowed at the police checkpoints, where I'd be forced to throw it away or pour it out. I decided to take my chances anyway.

When I got to the checkpoint about 10 blocks from Times Square, a cop asked me to open my bag to have a look. I did, resigned to losing my champagne. The cop took a look inside, and said "oh...doughnuts. Have a nice time!" and waved me through. This was way before 9/11, obviously.

/CSB
 
2013-12-30 04:54:22 PM
Applebee's in Times Square? Reminds me of this...
cdn.niketalk.com
 
2013-12-30 04:54:40 PM

Headso: QueenMamaBee: I Like Shiny Things: Applebees actually has very good business model, delivering quality food for their target market while nailing the hell out of their price points.

Farkers love to complain about it because:

1: they can't afford it
2. they have to leave the house for it
3. It is successful. (ask your WOW friends what that word means, but not during a raid!)

I assume you work for Applebee's.

he's their director of marketing, trolling fark threads is the best idea he has come up with so far.


That's what happens when you get a marketing degree from the University of Phoenix.
 
2013-12-30 04:55:15 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: GuyFawkes: We will be going to a four-course prix fixe meal at our favorite Italian restaurant for $105/person which includes wine pairings with each course, a champagne toast at midnight and prizes throughout the meal (we have a 10:00 seating). While it isn't cheap, it's nowhere as expensive as Times Square and the food is incredible.

Location Location Location.

Jument: Well, it's Applebee's food, right? So you're talking $20 worth of mediocre and good luck drinking $375 worth of booze in four hours (I'm sure some of you could, go nuts!)

Well if you familiar with NYC at all you know that you could be shelling out big bucks for just one drink. That would 7-8 drinks at a trendy bar.


And that is complete insanity, but you won't be drinking at a trendy bar. You'll be drinking at Applebees.

Seriously, if you're drinking 7-8 drinks at $50 per drink in a single evening you're either wealthy or stupid (why not both?) Hell if you're drinking ONE drink for $50 that isn't made of unicorn tears or scotch older than you are, WTF is wrong with you?
 
2013-12-30 04:57:46 PM
Huh.
I'm not welcomed at Applebee's any more.

There's been...unpleasantness.
 
2013-12-30 04:58:13 PM
I think Applebees is a decent restaurant for the price. Red Lobster always felt overpriced for the meal. They serve some ridiculously expensive fish with one decent side and then some side of over cooked broccoli.
 
2013-12-30 04:58:28 PM

Xioxia: Huh.
I'm not welcomed at Applebee's any more.

There's been...unpleasantness.


And you're just gonna leave us hanging, huh?
 
2013-12-30 05:03:10 PM

zeroman987: FrancoFile: I Like Shiny Things: However, I can afford moderately priced chains and local places 6 times a week. Its good food for a fair price. Applebees, Olive Garden, Outback, Longhorn, Chilis, Ruby Tuesdays.

For a $50 meal, those places are YUMMY OVERPRICED, and anyone who says otherwise is cray-cray. has actually eaten good food.

When I've been on 2-week business trips and been forced by the rest of the team to go to those places 13 nights in a row, I'm ready to kill somebody.

You can get really, really good ethnic (Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, Italian, Levant/Mediterranean, Eastern European) that's half the price, more interesting, and a hell of a lot healthier.

Since Bern's was getting thrown around, I assume he lived in tampa. I lived there about 8 years ago, and outside of the local diners and a Thai place in Temple Terrace, the pickings were slim. Living in a big city gives you a lot of perspective in terms of food.

(I still love our home cooked creations over most food in restaurants... Sultan's excluded!)


Well then Tampa sucks big fat donkey balls.  If you have an NFL team, you're a big city (Packers -> Milwaukee).  I live in the suburbs of Dayton, OH and within a 20 minute drive of my home I can have all of those cuisines with the exception of the Mediterranean.  Oh, but there's a good French place and at least 2 excellent modern American places.
 
2013-12-30 05:03:58 PM

jonny_q: BizarreMan: Headso: I always thought it was weird how these chain restaurants can exist at time square, the rent must be insanely high and then you'd figure tourists would be ashamed to eat there knowing NY is supposed to be a food mecca.

The problem is there are too many tourist idiots who would rather eat at a place they consider to be classy that they are comfortable with, than try some place new.

I don't do it for every meal, but when I go on vacation, I tend to eat at least a couple times at a familiar place just so I know I'll have a predictable meal. I ate at a McDonald's in Playa del Carmen once. I also had a fried octopus thing at a smaller place in downtown Cozumel that the cabbie recommended. I would totally eat at the Applebees in NYC if I was there for a week.


After two weeks of root vegetables and tough, stringy chicken cooked in a tureen, I had to eat at a McDonald's in Meknes, Morocco. It was heaven. As a bonus, the restaurant did not have plastic booths, but rather had comfortable living room style furnishings.

I only spent five nights in NYC but never considered a chain restaurant once. Too much other good food.
 
2013-12-30 05:05:46 PM
but, it closes at midnight... did i read that right?

so, uh... what next?

/ thought about doing one of those pay lots of money for open bar and food, around here it's usually 175 per person, either tuxedo or cocktail dress, depending, and will be in a fancy schmancy hotel with views of the fireworks.  granted, it's not times-square, but... i don't know... times square on new years actually sounds miserable.  well, also, they're often open to 2am or 4am.  which is a plus..
// probably just going to walk to my neighborhood 24 hour bar.  cheap drinks, low ceilings, strange comrades.  best way to herald the new year (check your finances, have low expectations, and meet weirdos, because we're all gonna die anyways)
 
2013-12-30 05:06:57 PM

HeartBurnKid: Nah, he has his own shiatty Times Square restaurant.

[guysamericankitchenandbar.com image 850x1100]


"A real human being - And a real hero"

I guess Honky-tonky double barrel meat loaded blast entitles you to hero status.
 
2013-12-30 05:08:37 PM
http://www.vegasexperience.com/

40 bucks and I get to see blues traveler for NYE... This is how NYE is done.
 
2013-12-30 05:08:53 PM

Headso: I always thought it was weird how these chain restaurants can exist at time square, the rent must be insanely high and then you'd figure tourists would be ashamed to eat there knowing NY is supposed to be a food mecca.


Yeah, but after getting violent, painful diarrhea because you tried a Ukranian food for the first time, you go get some chicken tenders that were cooked before they were frozen.
 
2013-12-30 05:09:31 PM

gingerjet: Budweiser or some similiar American piss water


Believe it or not, Budweiser is even shiattier overseas.
 
2013-12-30 05:09:52 PM
www.reviewjournal.com

you will see this though.
 
2013-12-30 05:10:04 PM
$375?
Who's playing?

Like I saw earlier----  3.....2.....1.....HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!   NOW GTFO!!!

Can't even let us hang til 1am?
 
2013-12-30 05:11:21 PM

buckler: Good freakin' luck getting into or out of anyplace even remotely close to Times Square on New Year's Eve. The one time I went, I was able to get as close as about eight blocks before the crowds became impassable. After the drop, people turned and ran by the tens of thousands to the subway stations; it was like being in the middle of a riot, but without the looting and smashing stuff.

CSB: I took a bottle of champagne with me to ring in the New Year, and my host warned me that it would be disallowed at the police checkpoints, where I'd be forced to throw it away or pour it out. I decided to take my chances anyway.

When I got to the checkpoint about 10 blocks from Times Square, a cop asked me to open my bag to have a look. I did, resigned to losing my champagne. The cop took a look inside, and said "oh...doughnuts. Have a nice time!" and waved me through. This was way before 9/11, obviously.

/CSB


DC used to be like that on the 4th of July pre 9/11. It used to be so much fun. Now it is fenced off and has police searches like in NY.
 
2013-12-30 05:13:54 PM

Headso: LeroyBourne: theflatline: My coworkers gave me a gift certificate for Applebees for my birthday.  They lady who bought is incensed that I still have not used it yet.

My old boss gave me a gc for there too.  It was very specific that you can't use it on booze, only food.

are you sure it just wasn't a coupon? that seems farked up, he gave applebees his cash and they gave him back a gift card that can't even be used on the same items as the cash he just gave them?


Actually you're right.  It wasn't a plastic gift card, it was a printed out letter saying 'you have X$ to spend here.  Apparently my old boss and that GM were pals and she hooked her up.  Still, it said 'only valid for food'  BS.
 
2013-12-30 05:14:17 PM
I really don't get the whole celebration for the end of the year. All it really reminds me of is that yet one more year is over and I'm another year closer to taking a dirt nap.
 
2013-12-30 05:15:36 PM

ZeroCorpse: All it really reminds me of is that yet one more year is over and I'm another year closer to taking a dirt nap.


don't you save that for your birthday?
 
2013-12-30 05:15:39 PM

ZeroCorpse: I really don't get the whole celebration for the end of the year. All it really reminds me of is that yet one more year is over and I'm another year closer to taking a dirt nap.



Yes, I'm being snarky and invoking Debby Downer. It's my job.
 
2013-12-30 05:21:52 PM
The tourists who've been freezing to death while sneaking shots of 151 rum and peeing in a storm grate -- if they're lucky -- since 4PM are certainly going to be polite and accommodating to the Applebeings strolling out at 11:55 and demanding to cut to the front.

"Excuse me, sir, but I paid $375 and am chock-full of Awesomely Outrageous Southwestern Pizza Rollers!"
 
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