Chef Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau, the husband-and-wife team behind neighborhood favorites Honey Salt and Made L.V., will open Andiron Steak & Sea at Downtown Summerlin. Set to open in March, the 8,338-square-foot fine dining concept will be situated on the north side of the mega-mall on Festival Plaza Drive, and will be the closest restaurant to Red Rock Resort, across the way. Chef Canteenwalla will create an "homage to all things, grilled, roasted, shucked and seared," with a menu featuring premium meats, shellfish, seafood and seasonal market sides. Named after the metal support used for holding up logs in a fireplace, the restaurant’s wood-fired grill will be a visual and cooking centerpiece, with chef Joseph Zanelli overseeing operations. The restaurateur couple has selected designer Thomas Schlesser’s Design Bureaux, Inc. to do the décor. Schlesser looks to create a bright dining room with light woods and floral patterns, giving a decidedly feminine twist. Andiron Steak & Sea, Downtown Summerlin, 1980 Festival Plaza Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89135, 702-685-4015.
Tom’s Urban has opened at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night. The casual dining concept is located on the casino floor, adjacent to the resort’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge, and spans more than 12,000 square feet. The design features reclaimed wood, warm colors and an outdoor patio. The menu showcases a blend of the world’s favorite street foods including American, Asian, Latin and Middle Eastern. Signature items include shrimp and grits with pork belly, crispy duck wings with hoisin glaze, filet mignon steak sliders and St. Louis ribs hardwood-smoked, slow-cooked, double-sauced and glazed. Among beverage options are handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, fine wines and signature “to-go” drinks. This new location is third in the U.S., joining others in Los Angeles and Denver. Tom’s Urban, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-740-6969, 800-693-6763.
50 Eggs, Inc. has opened Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian. Created by restaurateur John Kunkel, the 8,000-square-foot space is located in the resort’s Restaurant Row, and seats 180 guests throughout the main dining room and two private rooms. The menu features farm-fresh ingredients and Southern cooking. An expansive bar allows the 50 Eggs team added space to expand their beverage program, complete with a special on-site ice room where mixologists harvest hand-cut blocks for an array of libations. The new Vegas location joins Yardbird Southern Table & Bar’s original location on Miami Beach, which opened in 2011. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-297-6541.
Michael Mina has opened BARDOT Brasserie, a French bistro, at Aria Resort & Casino. The new restaurant pays homage to the café culture of Paris offering traditional brasserie fare, such as foie gras en croûte, steak frites, roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade and the BARDOT burger with Comte cheese, caramelized onions and a bordelaise sauce. Designed by Bishop Pass, the décor reflects the mood of early French film noirs where low lighting and dramatic shadows set the stage for an alluring and mysterious experience, and features an open kitchen, a Parisian storefront and 360-degree accessible bar with counter-to-ceiling brass shelving. BARDOT Brasserie, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-359-7757.
California Noodle House has opened in Downtown Las Vegas at the California Hotel & Casino. The restaurant’s tagline is “Signature noodle dishes … and so much more,” and offers a menu inspired by cuisines from throughout the Pacific Rim, including distinctive flavors from Korean, Thailand, Hawaii, China and Japan. Noodle dishes include beef chow fun and pad Thai; while soup offerings include Thai favorite tom kha gai, Chinese specialty won ton min and braised oxtail stew. Designed by Tandem Design of Las Vegas, California Noodle House is centered around an open show kitchen. The décor features a distinct Pacific Rim influence with clusters of paper lanterns, woven rope ceiling elements and abstract art. The hours of operation are from 5 p.m.-midnight, daily. California Noodle House, 12 Ogden Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-385-1222, 800-634-6255.
Caesars Palace has opened the new Forum Food Court featuring a quick-service format in five dining options: Di Fara Pizza from NYC; Phillips Seafood from Oceanside, MD; the first Strip location of Smashburger; the third Vegas location of Earl of Sandwich; and Tiger Wok & Ramen, serving Japanese and Chinese cuisine. Graeter's is a craft ice cream and gelato shop out of Cincinnati. Located adjacent to the Forum Shops at Caesars in the former Cypress Street Marketplace, the 14,900-square-foot-space also includes a new Starbucks and is open daily from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., with Di Fara open late till 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Forum Food Court at Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
Sid’s Cafe has opened at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in the former space of the casino’s High Limit gaming room. Named after owner David Siegel’s father, Sid Siegel, the 200-seat restaurant is set amid large marble columns and rich tones of gold and brown. Menu options range from appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, main plates and desserts. Signature dishes include “The Best Chopped Italian Salad in Vegas,” made with chopped greens mixed with salami, turkey breast and mozzarella cheese, and the “The Elvis Sandwich,” made with peanut butter, grape jelly, sliced bananas --- all battered and fried. The Café is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sid’s Café, 3000 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-732-5111, 800-732-7117.
The Excalibur Buffet reopened December 23, 2014, following a $6.2 million reinvention and has been renamed The Buffet at Excalibur. The 34,940-square-foot room seats 610 people, with a variety of booths, banquettes and loose seating, and features an interactive dessert station and six food stations serving a variety of cultural cuisine, such as American, Asian, Italian and Latin. Located on the Castle Walk near the Thunder From Down Under showroom, its hours are 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Friday nights there's a seafood theme, with menu items including crawfish, blue crab, crab legs, sushi, peel-and-eat shrimp and lobster polenta. The breakfast buffet has paninis --- grilled breakfast sandwiches in sweet or savory varieties, and made-to-order omelets. The Buffet at Excalibur, Excalibur Hotel & Casino, 3850 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-597-7777.
After a three-year break from operating his own restaurants and working as a consultant for other eateries, celebrity chef Alex Stratta will open Tapas by Alex Stratta in Tivoli Village. The fine-casual concept will serve modern tapas with prominent Spanish accents. The 2,700-square-foot restaurant, set in the former space of Pizza Lounge, will seat 95, including 38 on the patio and will feature an exhibition kitchen with vintage ovens, crystal chandeliers and faux-finished floors. The menu will list 50 items, including paella, daily baked artisan breads, a Spanish cheese and cured meat section, fresh seafood, organic meat, poultry and seasonal vegetables. Tapas by Alex Stratta will be open Monday through Saturday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., and for Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tapas by Alex Stratta, 302 S Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-570-7400.
Off The Strip, a locals favorite in Southern Highlands since 2007, will open a second location, ON the Strip, at the Promenade at The LINQ. The two-story, 11,000-square-foot restaurant will be open 24 hours, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The decor will feature a contemporary design with dark woods, stone, brick and metals; black chalkboards showcasing inspirational sayings; an open, high-performance kitchen as the centerpiece; and a large staircase leading to the second floor, accenting the height of the 15-foot ceilings. The menu will feature signature comfort favorites including steaks, chops, seafood and pasta dishes, which will change seasonally. ON The Strip, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 800-351-7400 .
Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa has opened the all-new 8 Noodle Bar, as part of the property’s $35 million-plus reinvestment. The restaurant seats 41 guests and incorporates traditional Asian elements such as a vibrant red façade, an intricate lattice screen, a display of suspended noodle bowls, artwork featuring abstracted images of traditional noodle throwing techniques, and custom furniture featuring dragons crawling across the back of banquettes among tables reminiscent of burnt wood. Led by Saigon native chef Andy Vu, the menu features dishes using fresh ingredients with touches of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisines, and a special emphasis on noodle and rice bowls. 8 Noodle Bar, 11011 W Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, 866-767-7773, 702-797-7777.
Caesars Palace will be home to an outpost of chef Brian Malarkey's Searsucker, which has two locations in the San Diego area and another in Austin. The menu will include signature dishes like the 38-oz rib-eye "tomahawk" as well as eggs + bacon "pork belly." The opening is scheduled for Spring 2015. Searsucker, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
Lago by Julian Serrano will open in the former space of Circo at Bellagio. This will be the first Italian restaurant from chef Julian Serrano (Picasso, Julian Serrano). The opening date is scheduled for March 2015. Lago by Julian Serrano, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
Giada at The Cromwell Launches Locals Appreciation Offer
Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis’ first-ever restaurant, Giada at The Cromwell, is offering a special locals appreciation offer of 20 percent off breakfast and lunch, valid weekdays through the end of March. Breakfast items include salmon cake Benedict, strawberry polenta waffle and Italian hash; and the lunch menu features items such as Waldorf panzanella salad, lemon pesto grilled cheese with heirloom tomatoes, and Caprese frittata with fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and basil. Breakfast is served daily from 9 a.m.-11 a.m., and lunch is from 11 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Guests need to show a valid Nevada ID and a maximum of six people in one party can partake in the discount, which does not include retail items. Giada, The Cromwell, 3595 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-667-1799.
China Poblano Celebrates Chinese New Year with Chinese Classics
Jose Andres’s China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan will celebrate Chinese New Year with a special menu showcasing Chinese classics from Feb. 19-March 5, 2015. Dishes will include wok-roasted Manila clams with Chinese sausage, pickled chili and black bean sauce; crispy radish cake with XO sauce; beef Xiaolongbao with bone marrow, black truffle and scallion; mapo tofu with steamed oat noodle, Thai basil and peanuts; and choy sum with oyster sauce and black bean crumbs. In addition, several specially crafted cocktails will be served, such as the Wool Blanket with Bourbon, cinnamon syrup, fig jam and goat’s milk; Lu Yang (Green Sheep), prepared with Bourbon, orange liqueur, green tea, ginger star anise syrup, lemon and green tea air; and a complimentary mini cocktail, Spring Festival, made with melon-infused pisco, aloe vera liqueur, honey syrup and lime. China Poblano, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7900.
Andre’s and Alizé Offering 35% Discount on All Wine During Early Dining
In celebration of Andre’s 35th Year Anniversary, Andre's at Monte Carlo and Alizé at the Top of the Palms will offer a 35 percent discount on any of its vast collection of wine, if ordered before 6:30 p.m. The discount is being offered throughout 2015. To reserve Andre’s at Monte Carlo, call 702-798-7151, or to make a reservation for Alizé, call 702-951-7000. Andre's Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-798-7151.
Early Evening Prix-Fixe Menu Offered at N9NE Steakhouse
N9NE Steakhouse inside Palms Casino Resort is offering an early evening menu served nightly from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Priced at $59, the three-course prix fixe includes a complimentary chef’s gift; two wine pairings; a salad and soup combo; an entrée selection of organic chicken, Delmonico rib-eye or North Atlantic salmon; and flourless chocolate cake served with blood orange sorbet. N9NE Steakhouse, Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-933-9900.
David Mangual has accepted the executive position at Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo. Mangual has been a member of the Double Barrel staff since the restaurant’s opening in 2014. The East Chicago native has 20 years of culinary experience working in Las Vegas, and prior to joining Double Barrel, he worked at Renoir by Alex Stratta at The Mirage and at Osteria del Circo and Sensi at Bellagio. Mangual replaces Michael Vitangeli, who has accepted the executive chef position at Vintner Grill. Double Barrel Roadhouse, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-222-7735.
Rob Moore and Sean Griffin are doing a switcheroo. Moore was executive chef of Jean-Georges Steakhouse at Aria, and Griffin held the same position at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Prime steakhouse at the Bellagio, and now both chefs have switched restaurants. Moore’s resume includes positions at Lespinasse and Sammy DeMarco’s First and DeMarco’s Room in New York, and in Las Vegas at Sensi and Prime at the Bellagio, before moving over to Jean-Georges Steakhouse at Aria. Griffin’s resume is equally impressive, having held positions as chef de cuisine at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, chef de cuisine for Nero’s Restaurant at Caesars Palace, and as executive chef at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak in Scottsdale, Arizona, before he came over to take the executive chef position at Prime. Prime, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7223.
Brian Howard, the corporate executive chef at Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan, has announced his departure. His replacement is Daniel Ontiveros, who previously held positions at Thomas Keller's Bouchon at The Venetian and Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand, before working his way up from executive sous chef to chef de cuisine at Comme Ça. Comme Ça, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
The Griddle Café at SLS Las Vegas closed January 31 and reopened as Northside Cafe at SLS, a 24-hour spot inspired by Las Vegas’s classic coffee shops. Northside Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night menus. The original The Griddle Café location in West Hollywood, Calif., is still open. Griddle Café, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
December 6, 2014, was the closing date for Sirio Ristorante at ARIA Resort & Casino. The Italian restaurant from the Maccioni family had been in operation since the resort opened in 2009 and joins its sister restaurant Osteria del Circo, which closed in September after 15 years of operation at Bellagio. The Maccioni family still has one restaurant in Las Vegas, Le Cirque at Bellagio. Sirio Ristorante, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
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