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Future Vegas / Arena / New York-New York / Monte Carlo / The Strip / Construction / Coca-Cola / Toshiba Plaza / → All Tags
It was announced today that both brands will be founding partners of the arena. Coca-Cola will keep visitors in perfect harmony, exclusively. It will also host at least four fan events a year. Meanwhile, Toshiba's name will grace the arena's adjacent two-acre plaza.
Toshiba Plaza (what did you expect?) will offer 75,000 square feet of entertainment space that will be programmed even on non-event days. Expect to find just about anything anyone can think of there, including "community events, concerts and music festivals, awards show pre-functions, fan festivals, fashion shows, charity events, holiday celebrations, convention-related activities and food and wine festivals among others." All the digital displays and screens, both inside the arena and out, will be Toshiba products as well.
March Madness / Pac 12 / Tournament / College Basketball / MGM Grand / MGM Grand Garden Arena / New York-New York / → All Tags
The Pac 12 Conference doesn’t have a college or team based in Las Vegas, but that doesn't stop them from bringing their end-of-year college basketball conference tournament. The tournament is played at the MGM Grand Garden Arena which holds just under 13,000 people (12,916 to be exact) for basketball. The Pac 12 conference tournament is thriving in Las Vegas and sold out almost every session of games this year. That success will keep the tournament in Las Vegas at least for another year as the Pac 12 announced has announced a contract extension with MGM Grand.
Events / Drinking / Eating / Dining / Bars / New York-New York / Nine Fine Irishmen / Ri Ra Pub / O'Sheas / The LINQ / Mandalay Place / → All Tags
The green beer will be flowing in just a few days and, on the Las Vegas Strip, no three spots will get their Irish on more than O'Sheas at The LINQ, Rí Rá at Mandalay Place and pretty much all of New York-New York. Here's a rundown of what to expect at each for St. Patrick's Day:
Zumanity / New York-New York / Shows / Entertainment / The Strip / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
After many successful years on The Strip, the brains behind New York-New York's Zumanity decided to “reinvigorate" their production (see also: fired some cast members, hired some new cast members, and altered and added some scenes). They invited us along to a media night to rediscover the show.
If you haven’t seen Zumanity before, the show is unlike the other Cirque Du Soleil shows in town. The others are family friendly, they’re safe, and the cast members don’t try to… ya know, prod you with questions about your sex toy preferences. Zumanity, on the other hand, Is like that one weird person we all know that’s a little dark, a little unpredictable, and a little shall we say, “off." Basically, Zumanity is not for everyone. It’s sexual. It’s raunchy. And, its risqué. So, if you aren’t in to that, you might not like it. If you are, like me, then the show is an absolute must see!
Vegas News / Hard Rock / Rehab / Pools / Pool Scenes / Adult Pools / Zumanity / New York-New York / The Strip / Off Strip / Shows / Entertainment / → All Tags
There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of February 16:
One pool that will be rockin' hard: Hard Rock will dive back into pool season starting March 6 when Rehab as well as Nirvana and Breathe pools open once again. Entertainment on tap for Rehab includes 3OH!3 March 21 and Sammy Adams March 28. Tickets for both start at $20 for ladies, $30 for gents.
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In our book, MGM Resorts' quarterly earnings call is a must listen. Beyond a reciting of dollars and cents, it's always filled with fascinating insight into what's really popping for the gaming company, and what's on the horizon. Here's what we learned from the latest call that took place earlier this week:
Shake Shack is so money: Everybody knows cult burger fave Shack Shack opened at New York-New York late December. You may have even stopped in by now. What you probably don't know is the Las Vegas location is "already the highest-grossing Shack Shack in the portfolio's history, second only to Times Square."
A 20,000-seat arena continues to take shape just behind the New York-New York on the Vegas Strip and when it arrives, so might event-based parking fees.
While the plan has always been for arena visitors to either walk in from off the Strip (hence the slew of new restaurants and bars planned for the land between Monte Carlo and New York-New York) or to utilize the parking garages of surrounding resorts (including NY-NY, MC, MGM Grand, Excalibur and Aria), the latter choice might come at a cost.
If you’ve been on the Vegas Strip anytime in the past year or so there’s a good chance you’ve seen that New York-New York has at least one $5 blackjack table open throughout the day. If things get busy, they’ll open a second. It’s more difficult every day to be a low roller on the Vegas Strip so any $5 game is a welcome sight for many. These tables are almost always packed with people waiting to get on them.
Unfortunately, these aren’t the games for those looking for low-rolling blackjack with good odds. You’re paid 6:5 when you are dealt blackjack, making returns on this game about three times worse than a traditional game that pays 3:2. You won’t find many games on the Vegas Strip that are under $15 or $25 that pay 3:2. Howevuh, if you're at New York-New York, you’re across the street from one of the best blackjack games on the Strip.
The Strip / Dining / Tom's Urban / New York-New York / Openings / Eating / Restaurants / → All Tags
In a culinary era where many chefs are boasting they specialize in classics with a twist, Tom’s Urban at New York-New York really is living up to the claim. With interesting small plates like Lowcountry Shrimp + Grits and Crispy Brussels Sprouts with red peppers and Asian vinaigrette, this fresh, south Strip eatery delivers on its promise of something different. Including the interior which is definitely different and a welcome change from the chain sports bar feel of the previous tenant, Sporting House. The decor features lots of interesting light features, pastel distressed wood and comfortable booths. And, there are still ample TVs in the bar area if you want to catch the game and a cute patio if you prefer dining al fresco.
During a recent media night, we'd heard the Xiangxiang Crispy Duck Wings were great so this writer pushed her cannibalistic qualms aside and decided to eat some not so lucky ducks. The hoisin glaze was a little spicy for my liking, but the flavor was delicious and the wings were tender and juicy. The accompanying Asian peanut slaw was a refreshingly cool complement. The small plate is $13 for four large duck wings.
VIP Vegas / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Shake Shack / New York-New York / M Life / Players Clubs / → All Tags
Shake Shack is an interesting test of new casino design. The quick-serve burger joint is located in the space at New York-New York that was formerly inhabited by Sporting House and, before that, ESPN Zone. However, you can’t access Shake Shack from inside the New York-New York casino like you could before. In time, Shake Shack will be more a part of MGM Resorts' coming "Park" complex then it will the casino it's attached to.
With that being said, this location of the small burger chain is embedded into MGM Resorts through the M Life program. The top two tiers of M Life, Platinum and Noir, will find their own line. That line was empty on my recent visit to Shake Shack while the "regular people" line has been out the door at times. The M Life line at Shake Shack will probably be empty most days.
Not the most ideal traffic setups even before construction got underway in 2014 for an arena and a host of new dining experiences, visitors who arrive at New York-New York or Monte Carlo via something other than their own foot power have found they need to be especially aware behind the wheel.
Traffic lanes leading into and out of the resorts have been closed, switched to just one way, or completely moved, depending on where you are. Even the straightaway that was Rue de Monte Carlo now boasts a new serpentine shape as well as a new name, Park Avenue. The new moniker is a nod to the experience still to come which will add new dining spots between the two resorts leading up to the new arena. Some will be attached to the southern side of Monte Carlo, others will be closer to the northern flank of New York-New York.
Shake Shack / The Strip / Openings / New York-New York / Restaurants / In-N-Out Burger / Eating / Dining / → All Tags
Here's the deal: I am from the Los Angeles area, the original home for In-N-Out Burger so knowing that people seem to always compare Shake Shack to In-N-Out had me skeptical. But, if I'm told about a great burger, from anywhere, I’ll try it. So, to Nevada's first Shake Shack I went.
After much anticipation, Shake Shack (originally from the East Coast) graced Las Vegas with its presence on Monday, December 29. It’s located where Sporting House (previously ESPN Zone) used to be at New York-New York, but it cannot be accessed from inside the casino. (Trust me, I tried. And, failed.) It's best to park and walk to the front of New York-New York to find it. Even better is if you're already passing by, on foot, on the Strip.