Wolfgang Puck Opens Two New Restaurants in Las Vegas

Crystals at CityCenter in Las Vegas
Crystals at CityCenter in Las Vegas

by Becky Sauer

 

Las Vegas’s CityCenter continues to add to its impressive roster of restaurants with the opening of Wolfgang Puck’s Brasserie Puck and The Pods by Wolfgang Puck at the Crystals retail and entertainment district. The latter is a casual all-day café while the former is a modern French restaurant offering reinterpreted classics such as Kobe flat-iron “steak frites” with marrow-mustard butter.

 

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BREAKING NEWS: Ferran Adrià To Close ElBulli Restaurant Permanently

December 2011 will be the last month of ElBulli restaurant
December 2011 will be the last month of ElBulli restaurant

by Sophie Gayot

 

 

UPDATE 7/30/2011: Today, the last meal was served at elBulli. Ferran Adrià’s culinary academy is scheduled to open in 2014.

 

Despite a previous announcement that he would shutter his famed restaurant for two years, chef Ferran Adrià has decided to permanently close elBulli in December 2011.

 

The reason? Apparently the cost of running the restaurant was losing him and his partner, Juli Soler, upwards of half a million Euros each year. Adrià will now devote that money towards opening a culinary academy.

Prairie Fire Opens Its Doors

Chef-owners Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris, along with Rohit Nambiar (center), bring Prairie to the city.
Chef-owners of Prairie Fire: Sarah Stegner, Rohit Nambiar, and George Bumbaris.

by Jennifer Olvera

 


Chef-owners Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris earned a loyal following at their North Shore restaurant, Prairie Grass Café. (One bite of that sirloin burger, and you know why.)

 

 


Fortunately, city dwellers no longer have to make the haul since Prairie Fire opened in the West Loop. Located in a historic railroad generator station (most recently the site of Powerhouse), its menu includes its predecessor’s greatest hits—moussaka and ancho-marinated skirt steak on a bed of local beans, for example—as well as dishes that are sure to become favorites, such as spicy goat sausage with leeks, Tallgrass brisket with root vegetable mirepoix and purple potato mash and duck ballotine with cognac-marinated prunes.

 

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Valentine’s Day, NYC-style

Benoit restaurant in New York
Enjoy a three-course Valentine's Day dinner at Benoit restaurant in New York

By Meryl Pearlstein

 

If you’re planning to be in New York City for Valentine’s Day, you still have time to book a special dinner filled with romance, chocolate, and wine.

 

Pampano: Make your evening sizzle at Placido Domingo’s midtown modern Mexican restaurant with a six-course tasting menu for $70 featuring signature ceviches, tempura shrimp with Hawaiian papaya and mango, lobster tacos, seared scallops with flan, seared striped bass, grilled duck breast, and caramelized banana empanadas.

 

Gus & Gabriel: Chef Michael Psilakis’s G&G lets couples try the best of his Upper West Side gastropub menu with a Lonely Hearts Pub Valentine’s tasting for $34.95. This menu has all of my favorites, from the bone marrow and riblet starters to hearty pork shank or steak frites, and chocolate cake. For an additional $14.95, you can add beer pairings to stoke the Valentine’s warmth.

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Valentine’s Day in Orange County, CA

For an extra-special Valentine’s Day in Orange County, enjoy a six-course "feast for the senses" dinner served in a private poolside cabana.
For an extra-special Valentine’s Day in Orange County, enjoy a six-course "feast for the senses" dinner served in a private poolside cabana at The Resort at Pelican Hill.

 

 

Prix-fixe dinners abound on Valentine’s Day, but several restaurants in Orange CountyCalifornia, are upping the ante to provide guests an extra-special evening. From complimentary glasses of sparkling wine at Pizzeria Ortica to a six-course “feast for the senses” dinner served in a private poolside cabana at The Resort at Pelican Hill, you’ll find amorous options for any budget on our Orange County culinary events calendar.

 

See what else is going on in the Orange County with restaurant news, reviews and the wine tastings calendar, and check out Gayot’s guide to Valentine’s Day for more sexy suggestions.