on August 11, 2013
On the second layover in Vegas we changed locations. We stayed at New York, New York because I knew Bill liked the restaurants and casino there, and it is within walking distance of so many other attractions. This is the layover where we were the most jet-lagged and needed a place we could take at a slower pace. Our room was a bargain at $86/night. It was a long and narrow room with thin walls and a fussy remote control. But who cares at $86/night! It was comfortable and only a short elevator ride down to the action. Our view overlooked the roller coaster (couldn’t hear it or feel it), the MGM, the Tropicana and a runway and control tower at McCarran International Airport. We ate five meals and numerous snacks at NYNY. Before we could check into our rooms we left our luggage with the bell captain and ate breakfast at the America. After our red-eye flight we were groggy. The waitress was a little cranky with us for not knowing what to order until I explained we just flew in from Maui. Then she was friendlier and more helpful. The ceiling is a huge map of the United States. It is so big I get a little nervous that it will fall on us. This restaurant can be counted on for regional favorites, but we opted for breakfast and lots of coffee. Our meal for two with tip was about $28. Bill had lunch here on the next day for $22. The three of us met for lunch at Broadway Burger Bar. The burgers were huge and Marilyn and I decided to split one order. Wise decision. Bill wasn’t so timid. He chowed down on a bacon burger extravaganza. I am amazed he has low cholesterol. I did read later that they use only "healthy" free range cattle from Uruguay. The burgers are high in Omega 3 and vitamins A&E. They didn’t explain how healthy the bacon was. Meal for 1 1/2 was $22. the restaurant is located at the back of the casino floor in the streets of New York. I doubt if I would come back here as there are no "lite" items on the menu.I did go back twice to Fulton’s Fish Frye we saw it first on our way to the burger place. I took a picture and e-mailed it to a friend asking if this is the place she said to eat fish and chips. It was the place. For supper Bill and I went there. He got the fish and chips, but I ordered fried clam and chips. Oh, they were so good! Clam strips thick but tender and not fried to rock hard pieces. We sat at sidewalk tables and really enjoyed the parade of our fellow tourists walking the Streets of New York. I shared my find with Marilyn so the next day she suggested we go there for lunch. Oh, happy day! Clam Strips two days in a row! This just doesn’t happen in Iowa. She also was very happy with her fish and chips. We sat back satisfied after our meal. A man came up and asked if he could clear our trays. We agreed even though surprised they provided this service. Then we noticed he was picking through our leftovers and making a meal for himself!On our last night out on the trip I wanted to go somewhere special. We had eaten at Nine Fine Irishmen on other trips and decided that was plenty special. We invited my nephew to join us. The restaurant was undergoing a remodeling project so we had to meet and enter at a side entrance instead of the main door off the casino. We have heard two stories about the name. On the web page it says it is "inspired by a group of extraordinary Irishmen who had lives of great adventure". A waitress with a thick Irish accent had told us it was named for nine fine Irishmen fireman who had lost their lives on 9-11. Don’t know if that was blarney, but there were 9 badges or shields on display like you see on a fireman’s hat. I think it could be named for nine fine items on the menu! I had a wonderful chicken pot pie, lovely flakey crust over a bowl of flavorful meat and veggies in sauce. I also recommend the lamb stew and the Irish Banger. The nephew who lives in Vegas had never been here and was grateful to find somewhere special to go with friends. The meal for four with beverages and tip was $127. Besides eating, we like New York, New York because of the variety of slots on the casino floor. My favorite this trip was based on the TV show Pawn Stars. Chumlee and the Old Man were very kind to me. Marilyn and I ventured out to other casinos and shopping areas using the mono-rail going south and the sky walks. We hit MGM, Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay. We also checked out the M&M store and brought home a couple of new filling flavors: coconut and raspberry. If you are an adult you can probably skip this store unless you are addicted to the colorful candies. There are shops in NY-NY, but nothing outstanding. We definitely would stay here again. Location, location, location! Which by the way is 3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South.
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