Restaurants at Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct
Gambling is the main draw at Resorts World Casino New 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.