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NYE in Vegas: couple of questions for you kind folks

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Getting in at lunchtime, drop off bags @ hotel on strip. Is it realistic to try to grab a small bite and drink here, then there, then there; essentially a long tapas crawl? We'd plan on walking about (very comfortable with walking good distances in Vegas/dealing with Strip barriers/traffic). Or is it just more sensible to schedule a sit-down dinner?

Also, do restaurants/attractions tend to stay open on NY Day (I will call any that I'm particularly interested in, just want the gist)?

And, oysters: I know Palace Station, RM Seafood, Lakeside @ Wynn, Bouchon, maybe PJ Clarke's. I think we did Big Al's a few years ago, nice. Any new standouts/special recs?

Thanks for any advice. :)

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  1. It depends on your start and end time. As the evening goes on it will be wall to wall people. In other words, it will be very difficult to navigate the Strip. The Strip will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic at 6:00 pm. This makes it that more difficult to walk the Strip. Also, a lot of restaurants on the Strip require reservations on New Year's Eve.

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    1. re: Eric

      Wanted to thank you for the advice -- I did make a reservation so that we wouldn't be shut out (RM Seafood at Mandalay -- nothing special for most but we'd enjoyed their oysters before). We were checked into the hotel by noon and were stuffing ourselves for lunch at Todd English Pub within the hour. Enjoyed the walk back that night from Mandalay and the fireworks.