My husband and I are going to New York City over New Year's Eve. I am fixated on the idea of being in the street/sidewalk in Times Square on New Year's Eve. It's something I've always wanted to do. That being said, I understand that they put all of the people into pens, you need to arrive 10 hours in advance to get a good spot, you have nothing to drink, it's freezing, and there are no bathrooms (unless you are willing to give up your spot in the pen). I'm starting to think that might not be such fun after all. But I really want to be in Times Square, with access to the outdoors where I can view the ball drop. What would be the best place to go to? For instance, I've read about the TGI Friday's party and Olive Garden party -- are those parties pretty good? Anything better? It doesn't need to be anything fancy -- I'd just like to be able to see the ball drop, preferably outside (maybe on a balcony or the sidewalk). Thanks for any suggestions.