A culinary destination second to none, Las Vegas brims with sizzle and steak. From towering views that set the scene for a picture-perfect Mediterranean meal to the toast of old-world Italian class, these exciting Las Vegas restaurants are musts on your next trip to Sin City.
Where: The Cosmopolitan
Venturing beyond Los Angeles city limits for the first time, Eggslut arrived in Las Vegas in June. The breakfast sandwich hot spot, which debuted in 2011, earned its stripes with its take on the classic bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, folding hardwood smoked bacon, a medium egg, cheddar cheese, and chipotle ketchup on a brioche bun. The mold was forever broken. Expect long lines at the counter-service nook where the simple menu includes house-made biscuits, an egg-topped cheeseburger, and the rich Gaucho Sandwich featuring Wagyu tri-tip steak and an over-medium egg topped with chimichurri sauce and red onions on the shop’s signature brioche bun.
Harvest by Roy Ellamar
Unveiled at the end of 2015, Harvest by Roy Ellamar brings a new “upscale casual” farm-to-table restaurant to Bellagio, replacing the Asian-Italian fusion Sensi. After an $800K revamp, the four kitchens elegantly situated behind glass walls remain the room’s signature attraction. As for the menu, dining options include social plates, entrées, and a dim sum–inspired “snack wagon” that makes its way around the room. For the best of the lot, start with the chef’s charcuterie board complete with American cheeses and house-made breads before indulging in one of the stone-oven roasted seafood dishes, namely the diver scallops.
Carbone Las Vegas
Where: ARIA Resort & Casino
Italian staples are elevated to fine art within the walls of Carbone Las Vegas. Serving red sauce with a high-end flair since late 2015, Carbone Las Vegas is the West Coast extension of the elite New York City eatery, known for its limited quarters and even tighter reservation policy (reservations are often required a month in advance). Take advantage of the new, larger digs in Las Vegas, where tables are easier to come by and the quality of the food and service remain identical to its East Coast outpost. Arrive hungry, be ready for a feast, and don’t pass up the opportunity to taste the spicy vodka rigatoni and the veal Parmesan.
Where: Delano Las Vegas
Monégasque chef Alain Ducasse brings his cuisine to new heights in more ways than one at the new Rivea, a French and Italian penthouse unveiled in late 2015. Perched on the 64th floor of the Delano Las Vegas tower, arguably the best views of The Strip pair perfectly with a menu brimming with creative fusion. An assortment of about two dozen small plates begins the meal, with standouts that include the chef’s cured ham tigelle and the wondrous simplicity of the crispy socca. Entrée musts include the roasted duck breast with bigarade sauce and the classic bouillabaisse.
Where: The Park
Reviving the classic beer hall with a Vegas twist, Beerhaus opened at MGM’s The Park in May. Live music fills the cavernous space as table games, including Jenga, Ping-Pong, and shuffleboard set the scene for a casual night out. Counter service barbecue runs late into the night, serving rotisserie standards with a contemporary twist, namely their roast pork sandwich with sweet onions and sweet and spicy mustard and the chicken sandwich with crispy onions and herb mayo.
Where: Caesars Palace
Making its long-awaited arrival in Vegas at the end of last year, MR CHOW has landed at Caesars Palace under the leadership of namesake, Michael Chow. Accessible only via private elevator, Chow has crafted a sleek, state-of-the-art dining room with circular sculpture at the center of the space that enchants diners with a Vegas-spectacle six-minute animatronic show every half hour. No meal at the fine Chinese spot is complete without the chicken satay, hand-pulled noodles, and the house special, Beijing duck.
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