On Saturday night we decided to head over to the new casino at Aqueduct. Resorts World New York City is a welcomed addition to me as I hate taking the bus down to Atlantic city. Looks like I won’t be doing that anymore. I expected the casino to be busy but nothing like what I saw when I walked in.
The entrance to the casino is absolutely beautiful. Hard to believe I was at Aqueduct where I have been playing the ponies for years. There was security all over the place and that made me feel good.
Debbie and I were not really planning on doing much gambling and it was a good thing because we couldn’t. We got to the casino around 8:30 pm and figure we would sign up for players cards and get some dinner. That didn’t exactly work out since the line for players club cars was about 50 people.
We decided to get some dinner instead so we headed over to the food court and looked around and there was no seats and the lines were all 15 people deep. We got in a huge line for the buffet instead. What we didn’t know was that the line was for reservations to get into the buffet. After standing in line for a half hour we got our reservation for 9:30. I was starving at this point and regretting that we came to the casino.
With a half hour to spare Debbie and I figure we might as well sign up for players club cards since we have a 1/2 hour to kill. We got online and it took 25 minutes to get a card. We get our cards and head over to the buffet where we wait online again even though we have reservations. They then open the line to people without reservations and 18 people get to cut right in front of us.I was not a happy camper to say the least. How I kept my cool is beyond me at this point.
We get into the buffet which was cheap at $19 but I didn’t care as I was starving. Debbie got the upgrade for another $9 and had lobster which she loved. It was well worth it. I should have upgraded also and got a filet. They looked great and they cook them on the spot to your liking. I was very happy though as I loaded up my plate with manicotti, meatloaf, mashed pototo’s and some fresh strng beans. I went back and filled up a second plate it was so good. They had loads of choices and all the food was fresh. Every plate I looked at had huge crab legs so they were a big hit.
The deserts were great and I loved the ice cream which is probably the best I have ever eaten. Our waitress was very pleasant as was all the help in the restaurant. I was amazed I was at Aqueduct, it felt like I was in a major 4 star restaurant. It was a very plesant experience from start to finish.
After dinner we decided to try to play some slot machines. This was a bad idea as there were 3 or 4 people waiting at every machine waiting for people to lose their money and move on. After 25 minutes walking around the casino Debbie finally found a machine to play at. She lost a quick $40 and then the seat next to her opened and I put in $40 into a nickel machine which I hate and hit max bet and it was a $20 spin. What the hell is that? I spun again just to get off the machine and that was that $40 in 2 spins. I didn’t even want to play nickels and here I am losing $40 in 30 seconds. I was ready to leave. Debbie had some money left on her voucher so we found another machine and settled in and lost our buget and we got out of there.
The walk back to the train was very dark and it is only a matter of time before there is a mugging. They need to get the new ramp for the train ready as fast as possible. Although that wouldn’t have helped us since we were heading towards the Rockaways. Walking to the old North Conduit train station is dangerous. You can take a shuttle bus but even after they drop you off you have to walk down a dangerous path. The really need to make the station at the casino be accessable to people in both directions.
The lines at the casino on a Saturday night are long. Until they open up another floor it is just dumb to go here again. I hope they have more food choices on each floor also as it will be very crowded for food at all times if they only have a food court planned.