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Our First Thoughts On Tom's Urban

Where: 3790 South Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
January 22, 2015 at 5:42 PM | by | Comments (7)

Definitely start with the duck wings!

In a culinary era where many chefs are boasting they specialize in classics with a twist, Tomís 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.

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Platinum, Noir M Life Members Get Special Treatment At Shake Shack

Where: 89109
January 16, 2015 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (9)

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 canít 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.

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The Birth Of Future Vegas Delivers Traffic Pangs, New Street Name

Where: 89109
January 7, 2015 at 8:10 PM | by | Comments (5)

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.

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Sorry, In-N-Out! We're On Team Shake Shack Now

Where: 3790 South Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89109
January 2, 2015 at 3:37 PM | by | Comments (20)

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, Iíll 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. Itís 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.

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Five New Places To Eat Opening On Vegas Strip Before Year's End

December 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (6)

Shake Shack cometh.

Get ready to loosen that belt buckle or slip into some jeggings. Over the next seven days, the Vegas Strip will see the openings of not one but five new dining destinations. From beneath a rocketing roller coaster to inside the real Caesars Palace, all the eateries will be located within just over a mile of each other. Here's a rundown of what's coming when:

Smashburger (Caesars Palace)

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MGM Resorts Raising Resort Fees

Where: 89109
December 1, 2014 at 8:37 PM | by | Comments (32)

On the heels of a new one-price-fits-all resort fee policy by Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts is ending 2014 by adjusting its nightly fees as well.

Effective this week, the properties of MGM Resorts will see resort fee increases ranging from an extra two to five dollars a night. Here's how it will all break down:

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At New York-New York, Ring In 2015 With All-You-Can-Drink Champagne

Where: 89109
November 26, 2014 at 8:58 PM | by | Comments (11)

Forget the midnight toast. If you'd rather toast everyone and everything you can think of all night long this New Year's Eve, New York-New York is the place to be.

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A Sneak Peek At Shake Shack, Tom's Urban Coming Soon To Strip

Where: 89109
November 24, 2014 at 12:36 PM | by | Comments (6)

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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If You Miss The Design Flair Of THEHotel, Head To New York-New York

Where: 89109
October 28, 2014 at 6:38 PM | by | Comments (16)

The arrival of Delano Las Vegas brought an airy-and-bright South Beach style to the dark, contemporary haven that once was THEhotel. If you preferred then to now, you may be surprised to learn you can still enjoy all those warm chocolate tones and pops of orange... just not at Mandalay Bay.

VegasChatter Twitter follower @MLSDC tweeted us after discovering THEhotel's design aesthetic still lived on just down the Strip:

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Ranking The Chocolate Martinis Of New York-New York's Chocolate Bar

Where: 89109
October 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (2)

It's one thing to dream about the chocolate-y concotions of New York-New York's new Chocolate Bar. It's another to take them as a personal challenge.

VegasChatter Twitter follower Mark Sibley (@MLSDC) visits Vegas regularly. We know him as a lover of HOTEL32 at Monte Carlo and of fine food (his Twitter stream makes us drool every time), but we had no idea he was sweet on chocolate, too; that is, until he filled us in on his mission to try all seven chocolate martinis at the walk-up bar. While we initially thought he meant all at once, we soon found out he planned to spread them out over the course of four days. Probably, the better route.

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From Chocolate Martinis To Chocolate Beer And Wine, The Chocolate-y Menu of Chocolate Bar

Where: 89109
September 22, 2014 at 8:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

If the kitsch of Hershey's Chocolate World doesn't lure you into New York-New York, the resort's newly opened Chocolate Bar may break your resolve.

Located in front of the attraction's casino floor entry, the six-stool drinking spot is short on seating, but long on ways to get drunk on chocolate indulge your sweet tooth like few can around Vegas.

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Vegas Is Better With Break-Even Jacks Or Better

August 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (6)

For most, 9/6 sounds likes the odds offered on a bet at a Vegas sportsbook, but for video poker players itís the hard-to-find, nearly break-even game found only in limited spots around the Strip.

Whatís 9/6? Those are Jacks or Better games that pay nine credits for a full house and six for a flush. Games that pay 8/5, or even 7/5, are much more common, and offer correspondingly worse odds Ė the house edge is less than half a percent on a 9/6 game with optimal play. (Some casinos, including Stratosphere, once offered a few machines that paid 10/7 and had a slight edge for the player, but finding one of those in 2014 is about as likely as finding a leprechaun and a pot of gold on Las Vegas Boulevard.)

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