A moderately priced and family-friendly hotel on the Strip, New York-New York features the Big Apple’s most iconic symbols plus a roller coaster, Cirque show, and plenty of affordable restaurant options.
Good value, family-friendly, a faux-urban version of New Yawk
The Village Street Eateries with all their neon sign splendor. Sure, it may be a glorified food court, but they put some serious effort into modeling it after a brownstone-clad neighborhood in Greenwich Village. From the fire escapes to old-school air conditioning units teetering out the windows, this area is a cheap and fun (albeit cheesy) spin on sidewalk-dining. You can wander through narrow alleyways to find a hole-in-the-wall pizza joint or walk passed the dry-cleaner on your way to grab a burger. The three-story “buildings” feature their own unique stoops and window dressings that look like the Sesame Street version of those over-priced closets New Yorkers live in.
Some recent renovations to the exterior have made it possible to enjoy outdoor patios and extra seating. This means you still have a cool place to hang out and have a drink, even if you don’t want to put in the effort of getting dressed to the nines. You should probably still brush your hair, but at least you won’t have to wear a dinner jacket to fit in. While not at the heart of the Strip, it’s still a pretty decent place to people watch and be a part of the action. There also happen to be random DJ’s and dance parties that pop up on the Brooklyn Bridge, and who doesn’t love those?
The public restrooms. Yes, you read that correctly. If any hotel knows how to carry-out a theme down to the last detail, it’s the New York-New York. Affectionately labeled “Guys” and “Dolls,” the black and white mosaic tiles are painstakingly placed at the entrance of each restroom. Combine that with wall tiles set in a number of vintage colors and patterns and you have bathrooms that honor New York without being kitsch.
Where do we begin with the parking? While it may seem easily accessible from the freeway, depending on the direction you’re coming from, you may have to go down to the Strip and pass the front of the property before you can even get to the parking garage. There are also an obscene amount of double speed bumps leading to security agents who sometimes display that New Yorker attitude at its finest. They need to see your face before you can park, and everyone else’s for that matter, so consider yourself warned. By the time you get into the garage, you’re probably going to be more unfriendly than they are. Try to play nice.
Check in can be slow, even if you pay for the Express Check. Pocket the $30 you’d spend and put it toward a couple of drinks to sip on while you stand in line like everyone else.
Not all the rooms have been recently renovated, but for once we aren’t going to recommend taking the upgrade. We're not big fans of the Madison Avenue rooms, and you probably won’t be either unless you’re one of those people who believes a wallpaper border has a purpose outside of the 1990s. Choose the Park Avenue option instead. Also, if you light up in a non-smoking room, be prepared to pay a $250 cleaning fee upon checkout. Your best bet is to smoke in designated areas, like the hotel's casino or bars.
Everybody needs a new drinking game and the handful of statues at the New York-New York gives us the perfect reason to take a few swigs. Toast each of the three Lady Liberty statues on the property: the outdoor version, the one made of jelly beans, and another made of chocolate. If you happen to find the elusive football player, chug your drink. He’s a life-size bobblehead-esque statue whose resemblance is a hotly debated topic in some circles. Bottoms up.
That subway rumbling you feel is actually the Big Apple Coaster barreling above the casino. This can pose a problem if you’re an early-to-bed/early-to-rise kind of person, so make sure to ask for a room that isn’t next to the roller coaster or it could be 11:00 to midnight before you get some peace and quiet. If you’re a real New Yorker, you won’t even notice the screaming.
Queens of the concrete jungle beware. The faux cobblestone in some portions of the casino floor may look cool but can be a bit dangerous for stiletto-wearers. If you’re not in sensible footwear, you should probably stick to the carpeted areas.