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Visitors familiar with NYC can identify all the buildings they know tucked into the facade of this casino. Its outside is a mix of landmarks from the Big Apple, with replicas of the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, the NY Public Library, Brooklyn Bridge and more — making it easily recognizable. The casino opened in 1997 at a construction cost of $460 million. It is located at the South end of LV Boulevard, low on the Strip, next to the corner of Tropicana Ave; its immediate neighbors are the Excalibur and the MGM. Pedestrian bridges conveniently link NY-NY up to both of those neighboring casinos. Here it is on Google Maps.
The hotel’s amusements emphasize the exhibitions and rides. A roller coaster runs through the casino property, which is called the Big Apple Coaster & Arcade. The Arcade is open 8am to midnight each day. The Coaster runs Sun.-Thurs. 11 to 11; Fri. & Sat. 10:30am to midnight. An individual ticket onto the coaster is $14, or you can buy an all-day “Scream Pass” for $24, or a family package (4 ride tickets and 2 photos) for $60. Local residents get a special price break on the daily pass.
When it comes to the rides and attractions, the nice thing is that NY-NY works in conjunction with its neighbor casinos, to offer a deal. There’s a package offer for a combination of 3 attractions for $57, that you choose from a group at the south Strip casinos. It’s an excellent opportunity. The attractions to choose from are:
AdventureDome at Circus Circus
Big Apple Coaster & Arcade at NY-NY
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
CSI The Experience at MGM Grand
Bodies The Expedition at Luxor
Titanic Exhibition at Luxor
Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden/Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage
Bars & Nightlife
They offer a similar do-it-all concept for nighttime entertainment, namely the casino’s bars: You can visit them singly, or for more fun, do a “Bar Crawl,” in which you visit 6 bars and have a drink at each one, for a set cost. You buy tickets for this from the concierge. These are the bars included in the Bar Crawl:
Pour 24 — Open 24 hours.
Nine Fine Irishmen — a bar actually built in Ireland. Shipped stateside.
Bar At Times Square — features dueling pianos show.
Center Bar — named so because it’s in the middle of the casino.
Coyote Ugly — features lady bartenders doing fancy mixing.
The Chocolate Bar — next to Hershey’s Chocolate World.
And there are still 3 more bars besides those to visit if you really want to cover this place comprehensively; they are:
The Big Chill — drink their frozen cocktails.
High Limit Bar — near the High Limit gaming area.
Lobby Bar — right there where you want it.
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Gaming with over 1500 slots in denominations from a penny to $100. They hold slot tournaments Monday thru Thursday, 10am to 5pm. First prize is $500 — but all prizes are evidently awarded as FreePlay. Slots include:
Wheel of Fortune
Sex & The City
Wizard of Oz
Yes, they have a race & sports book. Also of significance to gamblers, on the casino floor proper, among the 67 table games will always be some good $5 blackjack 24 hours a day. Other games naturally include the basic craps, roulette, Let It Ride, 3-card poker; there’s also Big Six, mini baccarat, Texas Holdem Bonus poker, and Crazy 4 Poker.
Tom’s Urban — open til 1am. Breakfast served daily
Gallagher’s Steakhouse — great beef.
Il Fornaio — Italian fine dining
Nine Fine Irishmen — pub food. Also serves breakfasts on Sat. & Sun.
America — US food from lots of locales. Open 24 hours.
New York Pizzeria — the only pizza worth having is NY pizza.
Chin Chin Cafe & Sushi Bar — Vietnamese & Chinese dishes. Casual dress.
Additional breakfast offerings:
48th & Crepe Breakfast — serves breakfast all day every day.
Items to note: The players card you use here is the M Life card, because it is an MGM Resorts hotel.