Empire City is convenient, huge and has lots of slots but it is almost impossible to get on the Game King slots to play Poker. They advertise as having tables but they are not tables like you would expect - they currently only have electronic tables which is disappointing. It is usually crowded and I have found it hard to get a waitress when I wanted a drink while playing. There is lots of parking in the back with shuttles but the $10 Valet parking is the only way I will go. The horse-racing floor was scary when I went to collect my Kentucky Derby winnings and basically had to stand on a line with a target on my back saying how much $ I was there to collect. Don't go alone is all I have to say!
The Food Court is usually crowded - I say go across the street to the Raceway Diner.