It’s been two years since Pete Wells eviscerated Guy’s American Kitchen in a New York Times review constructed entirely of questions. And while a visit to Fieri’s Times Square temple does leave one full of confusion and Dragon Chili Cheese Fries, there is one burning query at the forefront of our minds right now: Who exactly is paying hundreds of dollars to spend New Year’s Eve in Flavor Town?
Guy Fieri outside his Times Square restaurant. (Photo: Facebook)
Apparently, enough people rang in the new year 12 months ago for old Frosty Tips to raise his NYE party prices this year. Last year, counting down at Guy’s American Kitchen would have cost you between $105 (for general admission) and $795 (for the couple’s VIP package). If you want a repeat of the most surreal night of your life this year, be prepared to pay to the tune of $139 to $999 for the same perks as one year ago—except the open bar starts and ends an hour earlier, at midnight instead of 1am.
Photo: Guy’s American Kitchen
The $139 bottom ticket tier snags you a five hour open bar, a midnight champagne toast, a DJ, and an appetizer buffet with four options:
- Imported Cheese Board
- Baked Garden Pasta
- Rotisserie Roasted Garlic-Rosemary Chicken
- Motley Que BBQ Ribs
But spring for the $999 couple’s VIP package and you’ll get an additional bottle of champagne (to save you from having to stand up and get champagne yourself at the open bar) and reserved seating (again, standing is for peasants), as well as a couple of extra food options:
- Cheese Plate (note: not to be confused with the plebeian cheese board)
- Vegetarian California Egg Roll
- Bourbon Brown Sugar Wings
Bourbon Brown Sugar Chicken Wings. (Photo: Facebook)
If that’s not quite exclusive enough, there are even higher ticket levels like Platinum VIP and Ultra VIP, for which prices are not listed online. One can only speculate what special luxuries await those guests, although one thing’s for sure: It’s not meeting Guy Fieri. The Food Network’s resident goatee will not be on the premises, reports the Braiser, even if you shell out more than $900 (a.k.a. dinner for two at Masa, home of the most expensive tasting menu in New York).
Despite the price hikes, at least two people still think it’s a good deal, according to the Facebook event RSVPs.
Which is already a major improvement on last year. You go, Guy!
[via the Braiser]