New York - New York
Start spreading the news: You can vacation in Vegas while staying in New York City. At New York-New York, the ambience of the Big Apple meets the busiest intersection of the Las Vegas Strip.
Visitors who stay here can also take advantage of Broadway-caliber entertainment, alluring nightlife and a death-defying roller coaster. Every single detail of New York-New York harkens back to NYC, starting with the famous skyline. It features 12 room towers designed to re-create the Empire City's most famous skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Century Building and the Ziggurat Building.
Visitors will also discover a 150-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty and a 300-foot-long copy of the Brooklyn Bridge. Plus, the exterior reflects distinctive New York City landmarks like the IRT Power Station, Grand Central Station, the Ellis Island Immigrant Receiving Station and the United Nations Building Assembly Hall. Speaking of the exterior, there's a pedestrian-oriented outdoor plaza that runs along the frontage of New York-New York. It includes a mix of shops like Stupidiotic, Swatch and I Love NYNY and restaurants with patios like the Shake Shack, a hugely popular "roadside" burger stand, and Tom's Urban. A stage is nestled in one end of the Brooklyn Bridge to showcase live bands and other entertainment.
A sweet new attraction also stands here -- Hershey's Chocolate World, a flagship two-story store where guests can taste new treats. Its entrance features a towering Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar and an 18-foot Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. MGM Resorts has also begun construction on an 8-acre dining and entertainment district called The Park in the street between New York-New York and Monte Carlo. The Park will not only house casual eateries and bars, but it will also connect to a new 20,000-seat arena being developed in partnership with AEG. Elements of The Park will begin to appear throughout 2015, with the arena scheduled to open in 2016.
After exploring the outdoor offerings, step inside to see artistic drink pouring techniques by sexy bartenders at Coyote Ugly or be immersed in Celtic gaiety at Nine Fine Irishmen. The Bar at Times Square boasts its well-loved dueling pianos act at night, and Pour 24 is a contemporary bar with 24 American-made beers on tap. A veritable city block of fine dining choices reflect the ethnically diverse cuisine from the Bronx to Brooklyn, Queens to Manhattan, Staten Island and beyond. The bakery-fresh bread of Il Fornaio will have you believing you're in Little Italy, while the atmosphere of Gonzalez y Gonzalez replicates one of NYC's most popular Mexican cafes. Succulent steak and seafood is prepared at Gallagher's Steakhouse, which has been a beloved New York City eatery since 1927. Or venture to Greenwich Village for a quick nosh at the Village Eateries, an area of the hotel that offers authentic NYC-style street food such as pizza, kosher pickles, crepes and deli sandwiches.
Upstairs, the Coney Island institution Nathan's Famous hot dogs fits perfectly inside the Coney Island Emporium, a midway-style arcade with 150 coin-operated games. Also at the amusement center is the Big Apple Coaster. Designed to replicate the classic yellow taxicabs, it's guaranteed to thrill as it tears around the front of the resort at 67 mph. For something a little more relaxing treat yourself to a therapeutic body treatment at The Spa at New York-New York. SoHo-style shops, a fitness center and a seasonal pool with cabanas and three hot tubs round out the hotel's amenities. You don't have to be Frank Sinatra to sing the praises of New York-New York. With such a perfect location and so much to do, you'll definitely be able to make a brand new start of it on your Vegas visit.