Las Vegas | New York

Las Vegas | New York

While in Las Vegas for the best man’s bachelor party, we frequented the New York-New York hotel and casino a few times — mainly because it was next to our own hotel, the MGM. Perusing the aisles of a hotel made to look like the city I once called home felt, nostalgic.

While anyone without an inclination to suspending their disbelief would recognize the American colonial architecture as nothing more than a facade, I simply could not help myself but to achieve a close aesthetic distance. I was instantly transported to the streets of another life.

I smiled at the exposed brick, the fire escape ladders, and the multitude of apartments above restaurants that extend their outdoor seating into the crowded sidewalks. It was nice to be back for an instant. Except that I wasn’t, of course, for there is only one New York — only one living, breathing, conniving, New York. Even then, the similarities were remarkable, so I took some pictures to compare them to those from my time back east.

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═════ Statue of Liberty ═════

═════ Grand Central ═════

═════ Brooklyn Bridge ═════

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Tell me, what do you think? Do you see the similarities? Have you ever been to either of these places?

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Las Vegas | New York Coffee

Las Vegas | New York Coffee

An underground trip, a journey across the desert, the arrival in Las Vegas, a series of competitive events, a night of golf, and a lazy river later, it was time to refuel. Some of us went to the MGM buffet, the rest of the party went to Shake Shack. But more importantly, coffee was overdue.

If you have not been to Las Vegas, you may not know that the MGM hotel (where we stayed during this trip) is next to the New York-New York — a hotel and casino designed after New York City. Incidentally, this was my first time at the New York-New York since living in New York City for a few years. As such, I could not resist visiting for a cup of joe.

Review: The first thing to notice about this cafe, and hotel for that matter, is that it truly resembles New York — but more on that later. However, the coffee itself was not necessarily New York-like. In fact, it had an uncanny Seattle familiarity. That is because it tasted exactly like Starbucks’ Pike roast. So much so that, while I did not see a “we proudly serve Starbucks coffee” sign, a blind test would suggest this to be the case. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just not great.

At $4.75 a large cup, it is evident that you are paying the Las Vegas strip location premium — that, or they modeled their pricing after New York City. Price aside, this cup is acceptable. It is not dreadful, but it most certainly is not memorable. It’s just ok. Like I said, it’s effectively a cup of Starbucks’ Pike. The Ramdolfi Score: 5/10.

Upon acquiring this cup of coffee, I nostalgically gazed at the signature architecture around me before returning to the bachelor party that was still finishing their burgers. I found myself smiling. It was the stage from another life, but that’s a story for another blog.

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Tell me, have you ever been to the New York-New York? Have you ever been to New York, New York? Are you ever transported to times past by the sight of familiar places?

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