Gambling is the main draw at Resorts World CasinoNew York City at Aqueduct. And when you pair it with the the dining scene, you have quite a winning combination.
From Genting Palace, an upscale Chinese restaurant specializing in Cantonese fare, and RW Prime, a clubby steakhouse, to the 400-plus-seat Aqueduct Buffet and 300-plus-seat Food Court, where you can find everything from pastrami to congee, visitors have winning choices:
Good Friend Noodle House, an ambitious spot for Asian specialties, highlights the court, whether you're up for pot stickers or 1,000-year-old-egg-and-salted pork congee. Very good pork buns, tuna buns, roast duck with noodles, Vietnamese pho-style beef soup, shrimp-and-yellow chive dumplings, Singapore mei fun. All less than $10.
Nearby, Queens Burger prepares respectable cheeseburgers, among them the classic (peppered Jack, caramelized onion, applewood-smoked bacon) and the Latino (Cotija cheese, cilantro relish, pickled onion, avocado). The hefty foot-long hot dog, thick as a knockwurst and smoky, can be topped with Sabrett-style red onion sauce. Burger, $7.99; hot dog, $6.50.
BBQueens stands out with savory pulled pork and barbecued brisket, less than $15. Stage Deli offers overstuffed sandwiches, including pastrami and corned beef, for $9.99. Also courtside: Wolfgang Puck Express, soups, sandwiches, pizzas; Cups 'n Cones for ice cream, coffee and baked goods. Popeyes chicken is available, too.
Aqueduct Buffet, for $19.95 to $29.95, depending on the day and hour, is extensive, all-you-can-eat and often good. The selections include Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Caribbean, Indian, Italian, Polish and Southern items, as well as steak, seafood, soups, salads and desserts. Recommended: chicken, either Southern-fried, curry or barbecued; breads; vegetable sushi; spring rolls; crab legs and peel-your-own shrimp. Friendly service.
Genting Palace has a wide selection of Cantonese food and also prepares fine Beijing duck for two, General Tso's chicken, and taro-chicken spring rolls. Try the dim sum, too. Main courses, $12-$48; Beijing duck, $60.50. Dim sum, $3-$8. Very good service.
At RW Prime, the filet mignon is tender and the sirloin not-so; the shrimp cocktail, satisfying. Good charcuterie, cheeses, salads. Skippable soups, seafood bruschetta. Commendable service. Main courses, $22-$44; Wagyu steak, $102; appetizers, $10-$22.