I like the brand. I like the design and furniture. I like the lighting and fixtures. I like the affordable pricing considering it’s right on the Strip. What I’m not crazy about is the food. It’s average at best. Sticky belly buns ($9) suffered from hard buns, overdressed pork belly and a slaw drowning in liquid reminiscent of a dirty mop soaking in a bucket. They don’t have a kids menu but offered kid-sized portions of their cheese pizza (which was overcooked) and chocolate shake. On the brighter side, the ginger chicken potstickers ($8) showcased a nice sear and ample filling, while the bacon avocado burger’s ($17) chargrilled, well seasoned patty between toasted brioche reminded me why I’m a fan of Smashburger (also created by restaurateur Tom Ryan). It’s a simple, well executed, juicy and greasy burger that satisfies that craving. Washing it down with their Kraken spiced rum salted caramel shake ($13.50) was the perfect way to say F-you to my sometimes healthy eating habits. It was a touch heavy on alcohol (that’s not really a complaint) and I was surprised to hear that waitresses are responsible for creating the shakes, not the kitchen or bar staff.

With a location right on the Strip in the boulevard/district area off of NYNY leading to the under construction arena, they’ll probably stay busy. Unfortunately, it won’t be because the food is a hit.

3 Stars

New York New York Hotel and Casino
3790 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 740-6696

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