So, you're taking a vacation from the Big Apple to the Biggest Little City, courtesy one of those late-night, direct flights from JetBlue. As a New Yorker, you expect the best when it comes to dining, culture and experiences. While Reno may be more than 2,600 miles from the center of the universe, it holds its own. Here are 10 things to try in Reno while you're missing that third-floor walk-up.
Bagels for breakfast
After the red-eye flight, you're going to be craving a bagel with doughy innards wrapped in a chewy crust. Think you can only find the prototypical bagel in the vicinity of the five boroughs (or the Five Towns)? We're willing to bet that the bagels at Rounds Bakery stack up. Oh, and grab a #notacronut for later for a Dominique Ansel taste without the two-hour wait.
Missing a lazy afternoon in Central Park? Check out Wingfield Park
In the heart of Reno's downtown is Wingfield Park, where you will be surrounded by the flowing Truckee River and some of the city's best free, live events. Coming in July? Check out the schedule for Artown, our month-long arts and culture festival, which hosts plenty of events at this local favorite.
Find art and architecture at the Nevada Museum of Art
The Nevada Museum of Art's angular lines may play a sharp comparison to the wavy contours of the Guggenheim, but both sport an architectural pedigree. The oldest cultural institution in the state of Nevada, the Nevada Museum of Art's building is a tribute to the unique geological formations of the Black Rock Desert (you know the place where Burning Man is held). Designed by architect Will Bruder, the Museum is a striking addition to downtown Reno, an architectural icon and an environmental statement about Northern Nevada's surroundings.
Lunch on mouth-stretching sandwiches, matzoh ball soup and black and white cookies at Manhattan Deli in the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
We're not here to argue if Stage, Carnegie, Ray's, Lindy's or Katz's is the superior deli (who would want to start that war?). But, if you're craving a taste of home while you're in Reno, then the Manhattan Deli in the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa should be where you nosh. The pastrami and corned beef sandwich is legit. Take a slice of creamy yet light cheesecake for the road — or two if you don't want to choose between the strawberry or blueberry sauce.
Get Paleolithic at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum
Does the Natural History Museum's T-Rex fossil make you yawn instead of shudder? Check out the 50-foot life-sized replica of Nevada's state fossil, the ichthyosaur at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. The sculpture originally appeared at Burning Man before finding its permanent home in 2014 at the learning museum for all ages. If you really love the fossil, drink its namesake beer at Great Basin Brewing Company, one of Nevada's longest-running craft breweries. Ask for an "Icky" and you'll sound like a local.
Mangia on handmade raviolis with a local following at La Strada in the Eldorado Resort Casino
Reno's got a few signature dishes, and one of those has to be the mushroom ravioli at La Strada in Eldorado Resort Casino. With a savory filling and creamy sauce balancing the bounce of fresh pasta, these morsels are easy to eat by the dozen. La Strada offers some of Reno's most authentic northern Italian cuisine prepared by chefs from Milan, Italy. Think of it as our Little Italy in the Biggest Little City.
Cocktails and a view at The Terrace in the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
Missing Berry Park, Gallow Green or Plunge? Then it's off to The Terrace for you. This spot in the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino offers views of the property's gorgeous pool and features one of the top bartenders in town, Ilona Martinez. Check out the more than 100 rare and popular whiskies while you're there, or stay for free live entertainment every night.
Dance 'til dawn at LEX in the Grand Sierra Resort
What Cielo and Marquee are to Manhatthan, LEX is to Reno. Housed in the Grand Sierra Resort, this 25,000-square-foot nightclub features a $2 million lighting and sound system, three full bars, nine intricate skylights and 33 plush VIP tables. The venue has quickly established itself as one of the top nightlife entertainment venues in the region with names like Icona Pop, DJ Pauly D, The Chainsmokers, Jeremih, Brody Jenner, the world's top DJ, Tiesto and the pioneer of electronic dance music, Paul Oakenfold.
Say hello to Mr. Renossance at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino
While Carrie Bradshaw pondered (sometimes too much) about New York and its charms, we couldn't help but wonder if Reno had its own fictional cultural commentator. Then, we met the Renossance Man. Follow his adventures and he'll guide you to the best events and experiences in the city.
Get a taste of the west at the Nugget Casino Resort
Trade the High Line for some line dancing and the West Village for a true western experience at Gilley's in the Nugget Casino Resort. This restaurant and nightclub offers two-stepping and boot-scooting and world-class barbecue.
See the skyline, from different perspective
The Top of the Rock may be one of the best places to see the New York City skyline, but in Reno, you're going to have to work for the best view. BaseCamp at the Whitney Peak Hotel (Reno's only downtown, non-smoking, non-gaming boutique property) is home to the world's tallest climbing wall. So, put on your climbing shoes and get a new perspective on Reno.