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While many Vegas visitors are looking for the largest drinking vessel at the lowest price for alcoholic beverages, some just want a good cup of coffee. The goal is to still have a little left to spend at the tables. Starbucks are pretty much on every corner, with some hotels offering multiple locations, though VegasChatter reader Tom G. wanted to know where to get a decent cup of coffee on the Strip thatís actually affordable. The easy answer is you can get good coffee or cheap coffee, but not both. More often the easiest to find is moderately to expensively priced mediocre coffee. Most of the Starbucks on The Strip are even more pricey than their off-Strip incarnations.
The newest coffee shop on The Strip is one of the best. Though not what we would call cheap, Sambalatte on the plaza at Monte Carlo offers high-quality products and serves them with flair. Think fancy frothy designs in your cappuccino foam. You should ask them to try and recreate the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Why not? You might get lucky. While coffee purists may not value the literal fluff, rest assured you are also getting a beverage thatís as delicious as it is beautiful. Personal favorites include the Nutella Latte and White Chocolate Mocha. For those not into the sweet stuff, a small coffee is $3.78 and a cappuccino is $4.86.
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The project's reboot was announced last week. Full details can be read here. Essentially, executives will give the main road leading to Monte Carlo's porte cochere a serpentine twist to add new structures to the south side of Monte Carlo. They've also greatly enlarged a promenade on the north side of New York-New York while providing additional eateries on that side as well.
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It's not even fully realized yet but The Linq has already accomplished its main goal. It's rerouting the flow of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip.
This weekend, phase two of the outdoor
mall dining and retail destination located between Flamingo and The Quad revealed itself to the public and this writer watched as lots of passersby chose to veer off Las Vegas Boulevard and stroll down the promenade to discover what was inside. The construction wall preventing folks from traversing the full-length of the promenade has finally been removed, allowing full access from The Strip to The High Roller. There's still not much in terms of open venues. In addition to the six tenants that debuted right before year's end -- KOTO, Starbucks, O'Sheas, Chayo, Purple Zebra and Haute Doggery -- Bella Scarpa and Ruby Blue (both boutiques for the ladies); Ghirardelli (chocolate shop); Chilli Beans (Brazilian eyewear brand); Yard House (a chain bar/restaurant); a Concierge Services office; and Sky Shop (the retail shop for the High Roller) all made their debuts over the weekend.
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Caesars Entertainment has revealed the first section of The Linq, the newly created outdoor mall between The Quad (formerly Imperial Palace) and the Flamingo, but instead of beginning with six, there's just five right now.
What was once an alley is now an inviting, paver-lined promenade stretching from Las Vegas Boulevard down to the High Roller observation wheel. Or, rather it will stretch that far as soon as construction is complete. For now, pedestrians on the east side of The Strip can stroll down just a portion of The Linq before running into a barrier just beyond O'Sheas. Oh, yes. O'Sheas is back. But, first let's start at the very beginning.
From Las Vegas Boulevard, you can't miss The Linq, mostly due to its towering Strip-side pylon which is simply stunning in its clarity. Also jaw-dropping? The awkward street dancers which are frequently featured on the marquee. We're not too sure what is going on with that aside from an attempt to get youngsters to venture inside. No, that's not right. We're not sure what's up with that aside from an attempt to get the youngsters to venture inside, dawg. Yeah, that's better.
Despite the eye-catching pylon, this writer sat and watched as crowds of passersby streamed by The Linq without even a glance on Saturday afternoon. Others did at least swivel their heads for a look (most probably at the High Roller which gleamed in the background), but still kept right on by. Only handfuls of people here and there actually turned off the Strip and ventured down the promenade to discover what was within.
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On December 27, we'll get our first taste of The Linq.
The first six venues to make their debut within the newly created outdoor mall have been officially revealed and O'Sheas (yay!), Purple Zebra (mm'kay?) and Haute Doggery (hot diggity dog would be the most appropriate response, we're guessing) are among them.
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Execs asked county officials for permission to close the thoroughfare back in July. The plan is to remove it entirely and replace it with a "pedestrian access easement." What's commonly referred to as a walkway. Although, this one will have a spot for dining and drinking, too. The pathway will also link New York-New York with the new shops and dining experiences that will eventually take over the land where the sales pavilion once stood. Those coming soon venues will include the city's first Shake Shack. (Don't get too excited for that just yet. Shake Shack isn't expected to open until late 2014.)
In the meantime, the first phase of the $100 million project, which is transforming the Strip-side facades of New York-New York and Monte Carlo as well as the land between the resorts, will debut officially December 28. It will introduce three shops and a 24/7 Starbucks to New York-New York. But, from what we saw yesterday, the venues could soft open any day now.
A black drape now shields the venues from view where a floor-to-ceiling construction wall was once found. Signage for I Love NYNY, Starbucks and Swatch is clearly visible above it. We're still not all that crazy about a Swatch store (or any of the other brands, frankly) but its signage is certainly eye-catching. Its brightly lit storefront immediately caught our attention from across the casino floor.
Peeking through a gap in the drape showed us that store shelves are up and even stocked with merchandise at I Love NYNY. We couldn't, however, view the interiors of Starbucks or Swatch. We also didn't see signage up for Stupidiotic, although, we think we spied what had to be its storefront to the right of Swatch. Still, we got the impression that the venues could open very soon. At least, via their casino entrances. The Strip-side entrances? Not so much. At least, not right now.
The front of the property is still blocked to pedestrians, but, we did notice that the construction wall has come down from around the renovated Nine Fine Irishmen patio as well as the addition of pavers and quite a few trees. Also, the changes to the Brooklyn Bridge look fantastic, even from far away. The renovation, which included the loss of the
garbage-strewn faux waterways along its perimeter, are a drastic improvement.
Hershey's Chocolate World, that open, dirt-filled area you see above at screen left, still has a long way to go, though. That opening has been pushed to "spring." We watched a construction worker walk inside the space from the casino and it doesn't look any better from that vantage point.
At the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard, piping seems to have been placed for the return of the water feature which surrounded Lady Liberty. The reduced footprint, we hazard to guess, will allow for an additional walkway behind the replica. You can see how it's changed below. More pavers have been installed and you'll find more trees over here, too. In no way, "park-like," but definitely more than we were expecting.
If you're not sure where all these new venues will be found at New York-New York, Hershey's will be two levels and will be found right next to the escalators that take you from the mezzanine to the casino level, and vice versa. Starbucks, I Love NYNY, and Swatch are where the old Broadway Theater used to be. (Or, Rok Vegas, if that helps.)
If you want to know how things are going over at sister resort, Monte Carlo, check out the photo gallery below. Its new venues, which will include Double Barrel Roadhouse, 800 Degrees pizzeria, and Sambalatte, won't start to debut until early 2014.
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What will $100 million get you these days on The Strip? At New York-New York, a portion of that amount (shared with sister resort Monte Carlo) will get you a revamped facade featuring a Hershey's Chocolate World, Swatch boutique, Stupidiotic and I Love NYNY novelty shops, and a Strip-side 24/7 Starbucks with patio dining. Or, in other words, everything you could possibly need.
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When Vdara shut down their Silk Road restaurant a few years ago, they instantly opened up The Market Cafe, a classy place where guests could get quality, made-to-order food for either "stay" or "to go" as well as gourmet market essentials like bottled water, milk, ice cream, cheese, meats and even bottles of wines. Oh, and the Market Cafe also serves as a coffee bar. But, we guess that wasn't enough to liven up the place.
Vdara is now in the process of opening a Starbucks across from the Market Cafe, in front of the old Silk Road restaurant. (The shot above was snapped from The Market Cafe.) And, thanks to a heads up from tipster, Brian G., the Starbucks will open in December which is also when we presume Silk Road will reopen as a meeting space for up to 200 attendees. He also found this rendering, too:
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A new lobby bar (pictured above), seating area, and Starbucks are now open to the public. All three sit directly in front of the giant glass windows looking out towards Elara's pool.
The bar itself has a modern feel to it with bright purple accents and curved edges along the bar top. There's seating on all four sides, but this writer's guess is that the ones facing the pool will fill up first. The greenery inside and out give the feel of one continuous area. So, rather than watching your skin bake in the desert heat, you can sit in the nice, cool air conditioning, enjoy your cocktail of choice, and still soak in the same views of those lounging by the pool.
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Recently, CityCenter debuted three new Starbucks and one was just a short escalator ride away from The Cup. (It replaced the closed Pods by Wolfgang Puck.) Another Starbucks opened inside Aria (where you can find the Roasted Bean as well) while a third now can be found alongside the Strip, just in front of Mandarin Oriental.
And, that's not counting the Starbucks you can find next door at Monte Carlo. Or, the coffee you can order up at the Jean Philippe Patisseries you can find inside both Aria and Bellagio. Or, the cup of Joe you can grab at Va Bene Caffe inside The Cosmo. Or...
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Thought your Vegas to-do list was all set? Maybe. Maybe not. There are eight new dining and show options to explore. Some on The Strip, some downtown. Some recommended. One decidedly not. Listed below are the venues and acts hoping for your consideration:
Open: Now (Full lunch/dinner service begins on March 6)
This chain restaurant has official put out the
breasts welcome mat. The first Vegas locale of Twin Peaks opened at 5 p.m. in Harmon Corner (next to Planet Hollywood) tonight. Head here for cold brews, rock climbing walls, and scantily clad LumberJills.