New York New York Hotel & Casino Review
The New York New York Hotel and Casino takes the theming of Las Vegas Casinos to the maximum, and offers their guests a clear taste of the city of New York while providing something that New York doesn’t have, great casino gambling.
This is really what is behind all the different themes you see at casinos here, and for instance if someone wanted a New York experience they could just visit New York instead, but this place is designed for people visiting Vegas who both want to gamble and enjoy a New York style feel, and you get both here.
The New York New York isn’t just a single building or a couple of them like you see elsewhere, it is a collection of replicas of famous New York buildings grouped together to give you a feel of the 1940’s New York skyline, all which tower magnificently into the sky.
There’s more to it than just this though, as they have replicas of other New York landmarks, including the harbor, Grand Central Station, and the Statue of Liberty. The replica of Lady Liberty is so realistic that a photo of it was once mistakenly chosen for the real thing on a U.S. stamp.
The New York theme extends into every corner of this property, with all of the facilities here being named after something in New York. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, which owns several other properties on the strip, including the nearby MGM Grand and the Excalibur, both of which are accessible from the New York New York by overhead pedestrian bridges.
The hotel casino was completed in 1996 as a joint project between MGM and Primadonna Resorts, who also operated 3 casinos in Primm, Nevada, close to the California border. MGM ended up buying out Primadonna in 1999, and picked up these 3 smaller casinos in addition to full controlling interest in the New York New York.
MGM later sold off the Primm casinos but still has full ownership of the New York New York.
Among the attractions here are a roller coaster which runs both inside and outside with cars resembling Checker Cabs, and a full time Cirque du Soleil show, Zumanity.
The Accommodations at the New York New York
Like many larger casinos in the area, the hotel rooms here are priced well below market value to attract gamblers, and the fierce competition on the Las Vegas strip means that there are some great deals that emerge indeed. Rates at the New York New York run for as little as $40 a night, with a 20% discount for M Life members, the players club of all MGM owned casinos.
The style of the décor, like the property, is a throwback to days gone by in New York, and the rooms are decorated accordingly. Rooms here run at 400 square feet with either a king or two queen beds, and feature granite bathrooms, internet access, and in room safe. There are two main categories here, the more conservatively decorated Madison Avenue rooms and the more colorful Park Avenue accommodations.
There are also several different choices of suites here, all very reasonably priced as well, from the 500 square foot Spa Suite for $80 a night, to the 1100 square foot Penthouse One Bedroom, which will run you $386 per night but is billed as the ultimate in VIP living.
You can dine at one of their 7 restaurants on site. Gallagher’s Steakhouse, a New York tradition since 1927, serves up the finest in dry aged beef and fresh seafood. Tom’s Urban dishes out an eclectic menu of popular street foods.
Nine Fine Irishmen is an Irish style pub which offers an extensive collection of beer and ale as well as meals prepared with fresh Irish style ingredients. Il Fornaio delivers authentic New York style Italian food.
Those who enjoy American food will want to check out the food, wine, and beer at America, along with their 90×20 foot map of the United States. A trip to New York wouldn’t be complete though without visiting the New York Pizzeria, as well as enjoying a burger at the Broadway Bar and Grill.
As for entertainment, it’s not just what they have at this hotel casino, it’s about checking out everything that goes on at the surrounding MGM owned locations as well, and these hotel casinos team up to offer quite a bit indeed.
This all comes together at the Park, a collection of bars and restaurants in the common area of the New York New York and the Monte Carlo, including MGM’s 20,000 seat T Mobile Arena, where the biggest names in entertainment are to be found.
New York New York features big name acts of its own, as well as their exclusive Cirque Du Soleil shows of the provocative Zumanity. There are also plenty of New York themed bars on the property that cater to every taste and will look after your beverage cravings.
As far as the other attractions here go, there’s the Big Apple Coaster and Arcade, a spa, a salon, and a pool to enjoy.
The Casino at the New York New York
The casino here is called Central Park in keeping with the theme, and all of your play here is eligible for credit with their M Life Rewards program, which are collectable and redeemable at any MGM casino property.
1500 slot machines await you here, providing all the slot and video poker playing pleasure you could desire, at stakes starting at a penny and going all the way up to $100. All the popular machines are here, with a great variety of different ones to play, and they host slot tournaments here as well.
Guests here need not even sit down in the casino to take advantage of the gaming here, as they offer mobile access to all their gaming, including their sports betting, and they have tournaments as well, all from your mobile device.
The 84,000 square feet of gaming space here also of course includes all the popular casino table games, spread across 67 gaming tables. You can enjoy Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Let It Ride, Big Six, Three Card Poker, Texas Holdem Bonus, and Crazy 4 Poker.
There is no poker room here, although players can visit the one at sister property Monte Carlo across the street. New York New York does have a race and sports book though, which offers betting on all major sports as well as horse racing.
New York New York is indeed a throwback to the city it is named after, and themes in general are becoming somewhat of a throwback as well, but New York City lives right here in Las Vegas. This also happens to be a pretty darn good casino hotel as well.