Openings / Future Vegas / New York-New York / Shake Shack / Tom's Urban / Restaurants / Dining / Eating / → All Tags
New York-New York is working hard to gift us with two new dining experiences before year's end. Shake Shack, a popular burger and milkshake brand, and Tom's Urban, self-described as a "modern and casual dining concept," have both been tapped for December openings.
We peeked in on the progress of both eateries on Friday and found that while the interiors are still just shells, the exteriors of each are quickly approaching completion. Here's the rendering of a finished Tom's Urban:
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For much of the country, Thanksgiving is a Norman Rockwell affair. Casseroles, cranberries, turkeys of various levels of quality... you know the picture. But, for those that can't be part of that or would rather not spend six hours cooking, there is an option that will put your crazy aunt's Pinterest recipes to shame. A fine dining prixe-fixe with the family could be the holiday everyone wished they'd have. Here are some options to consider:
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Aria has started using the boutique coffee brand, Wolfgang Puck single-use pouch in their room (oddly enough, no hotels in Vegas that have Wolfy's restaurants have his coffee), it's an uncommon thing for anyone to go whole hog in their coffee. There's even very few places in town one could get a Kopi Lewak coffee, the beans famous for making a detour to your cup through a southeast Asian tree weasel's digestive tract.
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"We're sorry, but we're not currently seating guests right now."
On its second day of business, the renovated and newly reopened Denny's at Casino Royale welcomed us by politely informing us that an overloaded kitchen meant no new guests were currently being accepted. That was around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. A nearby bench, however, was filled with customers of a more patient nature who must have chosen to wait it out. A walk into the diner's interior revealed a large number of open tables so, hopefully, the kitchen will start cooking with gas, so to speak (couldn't help it), soon.
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If you want to see how the 1% vacations and get access to some of the sweetest suites in Vegas, local charity Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada has the event for you. The fourth annual Suite Holidays Tours and Tastings Experiences will offer access to accommodations you may have only dreamed about.
Tickets are $150 a person or 10 for $1,100. The seven-hour even includes transportation to each destination plus food, wine and cocktail selections crafted by each hotelís sommeliers. Suites on this yearís tour will be located at Vdara Hotel & Spa, MGM Grand, Venetian, The Cromwell, Bellagio, ARIA, SLS Las Vegas, Mandarin Oriental and a spin on the High Roller, too. We hear the list includes a two-story suite at MGM Grand, which indicates it will be one of the Skylofts. The Chairmanís Suite at the Venetian (pictured above) is also on the list.
If youíve been under a rock the past week and are unaware, there is a growing list of ladies who are coming out to say the comedian and television star drugged and raped them. Initially, the Las Vegas Review-Journal had reported the performance was still on and the proceeds would go to charity. Now it is officially not happening.
Yes, Virginia, there is an about face in Vegas.
When Delano Las Vegas (a rebranded and renovated THEhotel at Mandalay Bay) debuted in September, guests who turned over their car to valet were faced with a $20 fee when they went to reclaim their wheels the next day. Execs tried to use the ol' "well, they're doing it" game plan while pointing to Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental to justify the charge; however, if guest reaction was anything like the responses of VegasChatter readers, some of whom vowed to never stay there because of it, it's no surprise it's been quietly abandoned, as reported by VC member @davey123.
Now, what should we turn our collective powers towards next? Twenty-five dollar personal use fees for the minibar? We're looking at you, Aria.
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When it's 59 degrees as a high in Vegas, news that a new noodle bar is close to debuting is enough to send us to our happy place. (The same for cars equipped with seat warmers. #ThatDesertLife)
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Over the summer, we brought you some great options for enjoying a movie in Vegas. Based on your comments, it seems weíre not alone in our love for a flick, even while on vacation. Weíre back now with more possibilities, as well as details on how you can see the blockbuster film Interstellar the way it was meant to be seen.
If high-priced theater tickets arenít your thing, then Regency Tropicana Cinemas is your best bet. All shows here are just two bucks. Better yet, swing by on a Tuesday and get in for half off. Trade-offs? There are plenty. The screens are smaller, the movies are older, they donít have stadium seating, and it occasionally seems like parents use the place as a daycare. Concessions are just as expensive as at any other theater, but when you can get five tickets for the price of one, itís OK to splurge a bit. The Regency is located about four miles east of The Strip on Tropicana. Itís way too far to walk, but not a bad drive if youíre at the southern end of The Strip.
Love it, hate it or can't believe it, no matter where you fall when it comes to a NHL team for Vegas, scuttle over the possibility continues to make headlines and be the talk of the water cooler. (Just not this water cooler.) And now, it's captured the attention of late night TV.
Comedian and host of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon, ribbed us recently by compiling the pros and cons of an NHL team for Vegas. The entire bit is embedded above. It'll probably evoke some chuckles and a few eye rolls, too. If it inspires a zinger of your own, let it fly in the comments below.
A professional hockey team is rumored for the new arena being built behind New York-New York. It's due to open in early 2016. Whispers revolve around a team for the 2017 season.
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We read the players club websites and brochures and usually have a good idea of how to earn points with a players club card. The information is spelled out in black and white. Unfortunately, things are always changing in the casino world and donít make it online or into the brochures.
Take the video roulette game pictured above, for example. In some casinos, you may be able to earn players club points for the money you load into this game. In most casinos, including Boyd Gaming properties, you wonít. When this video roulette game was introduced, some players decided to try and game the comp system. Casinos pay attention and change the rules on the fly to counteract any weaknesses. Since these protective moves can be seen negatively by customers, they may not promote something like this prominently on their website or brochures. Theyíll just leave stickers on the machine.
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Calling all Fanilows! Thatís just fun to write. Joking aside, this should be your last chance to see Barry Manilow in Vegas, if he keeps to the promise in the name of the show. Heís bringing his ONE LAST TIME! tour to Vegas, where he performed over 400 shows between his standing gigs at the Las Vegas Hilton and Paris Las Vegas.