Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas is the Las Vegas Strip’s first rooftop bar and grill. It features a 10,000-square-foot deck overlooking the Strip, an outdoor grill, communal picnic tables, an array of TVs tuned to sports programming and a grassy lawn on which to play classic bar games like pool and darts. The menu features American cuisine served from roaming carts with concession-style offerings, meats and other foods prepared on a custom-made Budweiser beechwood grill and more than 100 beer selections. Beer Park, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-7000, 888-266-5687.
Las Vegas will soon get its first Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, which is expected to open in late 2016 at the Silverton Casino Hotel Lodge. Currently the closest Cracker Barrel locations are 103 miles away in Kingman, AZ, and 120 miles in St. George, UT, and the company has nearly 650 outlets in 42 states. The company is known for its vintage country-style buildings with a covered front porch, complete with rocking chairs that are available for sale and general/gift store offering some of the foods served in the restaurant. The dining room will feature a fireplace, plus old pictures and antique implements covering the walls. The kitchen will serve Southern dishes including all-day breakfast with biscuits and country ham. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-263-7777, 866-946-4373.
Harvest by Roy Ellamar has opened at Bellagio, replacing the Asian fusion Sensi. Ellamar also helmed Sensi, but Harvest marks his first restaurant concept, and he has gone in a new direction, debuting a farm-to-table restaurant that highlights the best local ingredients, supports regional farms and offers sustainable cuisine. The menu features charcuterie selections and artisanal American cheeses; vegetarian dishes such as roasted baby beets topped with spiced yogurt and pickled Asian pear; sustainable seafood cooked in a special stone oven; snack wagons traveling from table-to-table with small selections; and dry-aged and grass-fed beef, and a rotisserie featuring a rotating selection of organic poultry, pork and game birds. Harvest by Roy Ellamar is open for dinner nightly from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. nightly and is located in Bellagio’s Spa Tower. Harvest by Roy Ellamar, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-8800; 866-259-7111.
Just after celebrating its 20th anniversary at Palace Station, The Oyster Bar has expanded to its sister property, Santa Fe Station. The new location is also small, with seating for 21 at the bar and a few tables, and features an open kitchen, where dishes are made-to-order and cooked in front of guests in steaming kettles. The menu includes a selection of pan roasts, gumbo, clam chowder, cioppino, seafood jambalaya and fresh oysters on the half shell. The Oyster Bar, 4949 N. Rancho Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89130, 702-658-4900.
Chef Brian Malarkey’s ocean-to-table concept, Herringbone, has opened at Aria Resort & Casino. This is Malarkey’s second restaurant in Las Vegas, joining his Searsucker at Caesars Palace. The menu pairs seafood and responsibly sourced meat with farmers' market produce. Items include stone crab with crispy rice, Chinese sausage, ginger, cilantro, chilies and peanuts; and skate wing schnitzel with spätzle, sea beans, mushrooms and mustard jus. Cocktail specialties include the "Grow a Pear," with cucumber-infused gin, cilantro, jalapeño, St. Germain and lemon; and "A Buncha Malarkey," with Jack Daniel's, chili liqueur, mint, lemon and peach bitters. Herringbone, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-359-7757.
Hong Kong Café is now open at The Palazzo serving lunch, dinner and late night dishes. Located on the casino floor in the former space of ZINE Noodles Dim Sum, the 4,200-square-foot venue with seating for 155 guests features a non-traditional decor that strays from customary colors associated with Asian dining, with the use of joyful colors with references to nature, a brass display in the form of a bird cage and bamboo flooring that is fashioned to resemble chopsticks. The menu was created by executive chef Simon To, who is originally from Hong Kong, and features Asian style cuisine with a western twist. The restaurant also features regional Chinese cuisine, drawing from Cantonese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Szechuan and other Asian cooking styles. Hong Kong Café, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-263-3001.
Jardin is the latest restaurant to open at Encore Las Vegas. French for garden, the casual dining eatery is helmed by executive chef Joe Zanelli and draws on his passion for sustainable sourcing to offer an upscale menu of elevated classics inspired by each season’s bounty. Located in the former space of Botero, the décor features an airy, conservatory-like setting with large windows allowing sunlight to stream in and hues of white and gold showcasing a sophisticated elegance. In addition, there are two outdoor patios overlooking Encore’s pool and the XS nightclub. Signature menu items include “bacon & eggs” with kurobuta pork belly and quail eggs; organic salmon with herb crust; vegetable quinoa; American Wagyu ribeye cap pinwheel with au poivre sauce; and short rib hash with baked eggs, roasted poblanos and tomatillo salsa. Jardin, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Azumi Group will join together to bring the contemporary Japanese restaurant Zuma to the resort in late 2016. Created and co-founded by chef Rainer Becker, the restaurant will be inspired by the informal izakaya dining style, featuring a menu designed to be shared with dishes from a sushi counter, a main kitchen and a robata grill. Designer Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Studio Glitt, who has worked with the group since its first venue, has been commissioned to create the interior of the Las Vegas outpost. It will be the Azumi Group’s first restaurant on the West Coast, and joins nine other locations in six countries. Zuma, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7100, 877-551-7772.
Eggslut will open a location at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in 2016. The concept started as a food truck in Los Angeles, then continued to gain a following for its gourmet egg sandwiches with a quick-service counter at Grand Central Market. Eggslut, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
The NYC-based seafood chain inspired by the founder’s home state of Maine, Luke’s Lobster, has opened its first Las Vegas location and first west of the Mississippi, on the Strip-side plaza outside the Fashion Show mall. Situated near Neiman Marcus, the 300-square-foot eatery celebrates all things Maine, with reclaimed barn wood, salvaged nautical gear and Maine Root sodas. The simple menu includes lobster, crab and shrimp rolls, chowders and bisques. A chalkboard menu tells guests where the day’s catch was caught. Luke’s Lobster is open daily for lunch and dinner. Luke's Lobster, Fashion Show, 3200 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-866-6602.
Joining Michael Chow's other trendy restaurants in London, Beverly Hills and New York is MR CHOW at Caesars Palace. Expect signature dishes such as chicken satay, green prawns, hand-pulled noodles and Beijing duck. MR CHOW, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7888.
Carbone has opened at Aria Resort & Casino, and is Major Food Group’s first domestic expansion outside of New York City. Designer Ken Fulk has created an environment with a Vegas swagger; highlights include walls composed of tiles from New York subway stations, a floor-to-ceiling Murano glass crystal chandelier and artwork by renowned artists such as David Hockney. The fine dining Italian-American concept serves favorites such as spicy rigatoni vodka, veal Parmesan and lobster fra diavola, which is complemented by a wine selection comprised of 550 labels and a tableside vintage rum cart. Carbone is open for dinner Monday through Saturday, and is located on the promenade level next to Jean-Georges Steakhouse and BARDOT Brasserie. Carbone, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-359-7757.
HEXX kitchen + bar Offering Free Tastings and Tours During February
HEXX kitchen + bar at Paris Las Vegas will observe National Chocolate Lovers’ month by offering complimentary dessert tastings on Saturdays from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. throughout the month of February. The dessert tastings will include an array of petit fours, made with HEXX’s signature chocolate and newly introduced milk chocolate, presenting flavor profiles representative of Madagascar, Tanzania, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. In addition, behind-the-scenes tours of HEXX’s chocolate kitchen will be offered daily throughout February. Tour reservations can be made by visiting Eventbrite's website. HEXX kitchen + bar, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-7000, 888-266-5687.
35 Steaks + Martinis Offering Three-course Prix-Fixe Menu
35 Steaks and Martinis at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel is offering a three-course winter prix-fixe menu through February 29, 2016. Priced at $59 per person, or $99 for two, the courses include a choice of wedge salad with bleu cheese crumbles and applewood-smoked bacon or five onion soup with bacon broth, toasted Gruyère and Provolone cheese; Scottish salmon with sherry reduction and pickled red onions, pan-roasted chicken made with an airline chicken breast, confit crispy leg and trofie or an eight-ounce filet mignon with sweet potato purée and red wine essence; and crème brûlée made with almond tuile, crisp caramel and berries or seasonal cheesecake. 35 Steaks + Martinis, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5000, 800-HRDROCK.
Table 10 Introduces Snack Bar Menu
Emeril Lagasse's Table 10 at The Palazzo has introduced an interactive dining experience with a daily rotating selection at the "snack bar," in which chef de cuisine James Richards will create dishes using the freshest local and unique ingredients available that day. No two menus will be the same, and chalkboards display the items of the day, with Richards only creating limited servings of each dish. Once they're gone, they will be marked off the menu. Offered exclusively at the eight-seat food bar with views into the kitchen, diners can personally interact with the chefs on the line. Recent items have included lobster truffle turnovers, duck fat popcorn and roasted marrow bone. Prices range from $5-20, and the menu is available daily starting at 5 p.m. Table 10, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-6363.
Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar Opens Noodle Bar
Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino has opened a casual noodle bar offering a variety of authentic soup noodle dishes from cultures throughout the Pacific Rim, including Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese. Located inside the lounge, the "restaurant within a restaurant" seats 12 and is designed for guests to get a quick bite. The menu, priced from $12 to $15 and available exclusively at the noodle bar or in the lounge, includes Vietnamese pho with a house recipe of beef and pork bone broth and rare eye round, beef ball or combo with traditional tendon and brisket; Chinese noodles with housemade broth, and BBQ pork, roast duck, chicken, beef or mixed vegetables; and Japanese udon with traditional fish broth, shrimp tempura, chicken or vegetables. Hand rolled wontons are available as an addition to any bowl and a selection of Chinese, Japanese and American craft beers are available to complement the dishes. Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-7965.
STK at The Cosmopolitan Launches Sunday Brunch Club
STK at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will launch its Sunday Brunch Club January 10. Served every Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the social brunch will feature music, food, cocktails and fashion. A strolling coffee cart will offer coffee drinks, including cappuccinos, chai tea lattes, mochas and caramel macchiatos, while a bottomless Bloody Mary Bar will allow guests to create their own cocktails. Servers wearing pajamas and nightshirts will provide Mimosa bottle service that uses cold-pressed juice mixers, fresh fruit slices and sugar-rimmed flutes. Executive chef Stephen Hopcraft’s menu will include items such as Cobb salad with bacon, blue cheese and boiled egg; beef tartare with yuzu kosho, pickled mushrooms and papadums; smoked salmon with bagel chips, cream cheese and red onion; and STK n' L'eggs --- a six-ounce filet, two eggs your way and breakfast potato. Guests will be able to capture memories at a photo booth with props, and flat-screen HDTVs displayed around the room will show the big games. STK, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-893-2001.
Top of the World Serving Three- and Four-Course Prix-Fixe Menus
Top of the World at the Stratosphere is offering prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner. The three-course lunch menu, priced at $49 and served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., includes salad or soup; a choice of lobster tail or shrimp scampi paired with filet mignon, creamy mashed potatoes and red wine reduction sauce; and dark chocolate pot de crème, fresh berries, rich vanilla mousseline and white chocolate. The four-course dinner tasting menu, priced at $98 and served from 4 p.m.-11 p.m., features dishes such as Kurobuta pork belly seasoned with a blend of five Chinese spices and served with root vegetables, quinoa and topped with a zesty green chimichurrri sauce; and fresh salmon and prawns topped with a duo of apple and celery slaw, finished with a watercress emulsion. An optional wine pairing is available for an additional $30. Top of the World, Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89104, 702-380-7777.
Rí Rá Introduces Traditional Afternoon Tea Menu
Rí Rá Irish Pub at the Shoppes at Mandalay Place has introduced a traditional afternoon tea menu featuring a variety of leaf teas, finger sandwiches (such as egg mayonnaise, ham and tomato and Irish cheddar and Ballymaloe Relish), homemade scones (served with fresh cream and raspberry or strawberry Irish preserve) and desserts (such as napoleons, raspberry roulade, fruit tartlets and chocolate-dipped macaroons). Served daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and priced at $22 per person, the afternoon tea includes six finger sandwiches, two fruit scones, four desserts and a pot of tea for two. Champagne tea for $30 per person features the afternoon tea meal followed by a glass of champagne. Guests with a smaller appetite can partake in a cream tea, freshly baked scone with cream and Irish preserve served alongside a tea of their choice for $8. Rí Rá Irish Pub, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7771.
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours Offering Guided Tours of Vegas Restaurants
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours is offering culinary walking tours of the Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas. Tours include stops at up to five restaurants and signature dishes at each one; expedited seating and service; and a personal guide, who will assist guests with insightful tips and photo opps. Restaurant partners include Yusho, Bardot Brasserie, Sage, Estiatorio Milos, Jaleo, Hexx, Carson Kitchen, Itsy Bitsy, Banger Brewing and Glutton. For info on tour times, pricing or to book a tour, visit Lip Smacking Foodie Tours' website
CRUSH Offering Specials During NFL Football Games
CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand is jumping into the football season with a special menu and pricing offered exclusively during NFL games every Sunday and Monday. Prepared by corporate executive chef Billy DeMarco, the selections include $12 short rib sliders made with pickles and Carolina slaw; $11 sausage hoagies with sweet peppers and balsamic onions; $11 grilled chipotle barbecue chicken wings; and $10 fresh ricotta and Nueske’s bacon calzone. In addition, domestic beer pitchers are priced at $19.99. CRUSH eat, drink, love, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-3222.
Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace has appointed Julien Asseo as its new executive chef. Asseo hails from Libourne, France, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in culinary arts at the Lycée Hôtelier de Gascogne, near Bordeaux. After graduating, he worked in Paris at La Fontain de Mars, where he advanced from commis to chef de partie. In 2009, Asseo had the opportunity to open Rivera in Los Angeles as sous chef, and in 2009, he came to Las Vegas and worked under renowned chefs Rick Moonen and Joël Robuchon in their establishments. He came to Restaurant Guy Savoy in 2011, where he began as sous chef and eventually advanced to chef de cuisine and studied extensively under chef Savoy, as well as former executive chef Mathieu Chartron. Restaurant Guy Savoy, Caesars Palace, Augustus Tower, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-SAVOY (7286); 877-346-4642.
James Richards has been appointed chef du cuisine at Emeril Lagasse’s Table 10 at The Palazzo. Richards attended the Iowa Culinary Institute, moved to Las Vegas after graduating in 2010, and worked as a line cook at Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse at The Palazzo and as sous chef at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, before going to Andiron Steak & Sea in Downtown Summerlin. At Table 10, Richard’s menu will concentrate on fusing local and seasonal ingredients with modernist techniques. Table 10, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, The Shoppes at The Palazzo, 3327 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-6363.
After closing out 2015, Mercadito at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa has closed. The restaurant space will be taken over by Clique Hospitality, the restaurant and bar management group from partners Andy Masi, Brian Massie and Shane Monaco. The group plans to replace it with Libre Mexicana Cantina, Spanish for free, which will open in February 2016. Libre will be sandwiched between two other Clique restaurants, Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar and Salute Trattoria Italiana and the menu will be designed by chef-partner Brian Massie. On the menu will be crispy dynamite rock shrimp taco, bubbling queso fundido, carne asada skirt steak, chicken brown rice bowl and steak fajitas. Mercadito, 11011 W Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135, no phone.
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