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, no phone.
Just days after shuttering his Tapas by Alex Stratta, the renowned chef reopened the restaurant in the same location, but with a new name and concept. The new name, Salt 'N Pepper, represents simplicity --- and the only type of seasoning needed for his Southern comfort food dishes. The menu includes fried pickles, mac and cheese bites, Cajun fried shrimp, pulled pork, biscuits and gravy with sausage, homemade chicken pot pie, a fried pork chop and barbecued pork ribs. The prices have also been scaled down, with appetizers, soups and salads ranging from $4 to $11, side dishes for $5, and main courses from $12 to $19. Salt & Pepper is open daily for lunch and dinner. Salt 'N Pepper, 440 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-483-3555.
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. Look for the restaurant to open in December 2015. MR CHOW, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
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.
Chef Brian Malarkey’s ocean-to-table concept, Herringbone, will open December 28 at Aria Resort & Casino, and will be Malarkey’s second restaurant in Las Vegas, joining his Searsucker at Caesars Palace. Herringbone will be helmed by executive chef Geno Bernardo, whom Vegas foodies will remember from his time at NOVE Italiano. The menu will pair seafood and responsibly sourced meat with farmers' market produce. Items will 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 will 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. The restaurant will have both indoor and outdoor seating, live music and will be open daily for lunch and dinner. Herringbone, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-359-7757.
Pete Rose Bar & Grill, a partnership with the baseball icon and HIG Management, has opened on the Vegas Strip directly across the street from ARIA Resort & Casino. The 9,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and Strip-side patio is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Corporate executive chef Brian Littlejohn has designed a menu that includes an array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts, along with signature “Pete Rose Specials,” honoring the three cities that Rose played for, including Cincinnati chili on spaghetti, a classic Philly cheesesteak and a spin on poutine for the Montreal Expos, topped with brown gravy and cheese curds. The bar and dining room is filled with Rose’s baseball career memorabilia and more than 32 HD TVs tuned to sports analysis and action. Rose is a Las Vegas resident and is expected to be a regular visitor to the bar and grill. Pete Rose Bar & Grill, 3743 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-331-5100.
Wynn Las Vegas' Costa di Mare is helmed by executive chef Mark LoRusso. (Bartolotta di Mare was renamed, and transitioned into this concept.) The restaurant offers sustainably sourced Mediterranean seafood with more than forty varieties of fresh fish and shellfish flown in daily from Italy's coastal waters. Langoustines, imperial red prawns, Venetian soft-shell crab and more are on the menu, as is LoRusso's handmade cuttlefish ink tagliatelle with shrimp, lobster and spinach. Costa di Mare offers two levels of seating along with semi-private tables surrounding an intimate lagoon. The restaurant is open nightly starting at 5:30 p.m. Costa di Mare, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN.
Las Vegas prides itself on having the largest and best in several categories. Now, it can lay claim to the world’s largest Hooters. Now open at the Palms Casino Resort, the split-level venue is located partially inside on the casino floor, as well as outside at the pool. The 15,200-square-foot space seats 420 guests and is framed by a giant owl at the entrance. Inside are 50 TVs, booth seating and tables with high-back chairs. The menu contains the "breastaurant’s" signature wings, plus burgers, sandwiches, fish tacos, snow crab legs, salads and desserts like chocolate mousse cake. Hooters is open daily for lunch and dinner and late-night. Hooters, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-942-7777, 866-942-7777, 866-942-7770.
Alain Ducasse’s miX Restaurant at Delano Las Vegas has become Rivea, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant by chef Ducasse. He currently has two Rivea restaurants, one in the Hotel Byblos Saint Tropez and one at the Bulgari Hotel in London. Rivea, Delano Las Vegas, 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 877-632-5400.
Just two days after Sensi closed, it was announced that the Bellagio resort will replace it with Harvest by Roy Ellamar. Ellamar was also the chef at the Asian fusion Sensi, and will go in a new direction, debuting the farm-to-table restaurant concept set to open in December. Harvest will feature charcuterie selections and artisanal American cheeses; vegetarian dishes such as the ancient grain risotto with mushrooms, black truffles and truffle burrata cheese; sustainable seafood cooked in a special stone oven; snack wagons traveling from table-to-table with small selections; grilled, dry-aged and grass-fed beef; and a rotisserie featuring a rotating selection of organic poultry, pork and game birds. Harvest by Roy Ellamar, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7111, 888-987-6667.
Café Americano, owned and operated by the V&E Restaurant Group, has debuted in the grand lobby of Caesars Palace in the former space of Central. Open 365 days of the year and 24 hours a day, the restaurant combines classic American flavors with Latin options. The varied menus include breakfast (served 24/7), lunch, dinner and late-night selections. Among featured dishes are a half-pound Angus beef burger, a Cuban sandwich, buttermilk fried chicken, filet mignon paired with jumbo black tiger shrimp, Mediterranean seafood pasta, Cabernet-braised short ribs, and spaghetti and giant meatball. There's also a skinny menu with five items under 500 calories. Café Americano, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-731-7110, 877-427-7243.
Golden Steer to Offer Ol' Blue Eyes' Favorite Dishes and Cocktail in One Special Menu Throughout December
During December, the Golden Steer will offer a special menu dedicated to Frank Sinatra, who would have turned 100 December 12. Priced at $100 per person, the three-course menu is based on what Sinatra ordered when he regularly dined at the restaurant in the 1960s. Guests will dine in his actual booth (table 22), which seats up to four guests. His menu will include clams casino baked with white wine, bacon, diced red and yellow peppers and bread crumbs; a 16-ounce New York strip with sautéed diced tomatoes, garlic and white wine and medium rare, just like he ordered it; bananas Foster served tableside as a flambé; Jack Daniel's with three fingers of Jack and two ice cubes, prepared just as he drank it; Italian red wine; one Zippo lighter engraved with the date of Sinatra's 100th birthday; and one ticket for admission to The Mob Museum. Golden Steer, 308 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-384-4470.
Honey Salt Will Celebrate Hanukkah with a Special Menu
Honey Salt will commemorate Hanukkah, beginning December 6 and continuing through December 14. The restaurant will prepare seasonal favorites each of the eight nights, inspired by owners Kim Canteenwalla and Elizabeth Blau. All menu items are a la carte and are only available during the celebration. They will include matzo ball soup, potato latkes with house-made apple sauce, Grandma Rose’s slow-roasted brisket, and Hanukkah doughnuts made with vanilla sugar and apple cider caramel. Honey Salt, 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89145, 702-445-6100.
CRUSH Launches Weekly Friday Brunch Party
CRUSH eat, drink, love at MGM Grand is now offering a weekly Friday brunch, served from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Held in the restaurant’s 150-seat Bodega Room, the “CRUSH Fridays Brunch Party” features VIP bottle service, DJs, live music and an exclusive menu from corporate executive chef Billy DeMarco. Menu items, all priced between $10 and $19, include Snickers pancakes with strawberry compote and sweet cream; short rib hash mixed with roasted potatoes, piquillo peppers and eggs; and bananas Foster French toast topped with candied hazelnuts. CRUSH eat, drink, love, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-3222.
Andre’s Introduces Five-course Tasting Menu
For the first time, Andre’s Monte Carlo is offering a five-course tasting experience that is served on one plate. Priced at $50, the chef’s tasting plate includes an unscripted selection of three hot or cold appetizers, one entrée and one dessert item. Each is selected by executive chef Christopher Bulen, allowing guests to experience five small versions of courses. Andre's Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-798-7151.
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.
Tony Gemignani’s Pizza Rock Offering 3-5-7 Happy Hour Menu
Tony Gemignani’s Pizza Rock is offering a 3-5-7 happy hour menu, available 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 p.m.-close every night. The menu includes Italian fries, fried green beans and meatballs for $3; garlic bread, honey Calabrese sausage and personal one-topping pizza for $5; and several other personal-size pizzas for $7. Drink specials include $2 off drafts and wines by the glass, $4 well drinks, $3 off specialty cocktails and PBR 32-ounce cans for $3. The happy hour deals are good at both the Green Valley Ranch and Downtown Las Vegas locations. Pizza Rock, Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa Casino Las Vegas, 2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy., Henderson, NV 89052, 702-617-7777, 866-782-9487.
Tacos & Tequila Offering Tailgate Menu During NFL Football Games
Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor is offering a tailgate menu during NFL football games on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays. The fare includes the gridiron platter, a selection of game-time snacks including chicken wings, chorizo potato skins, jalapeño poppers and fiesta nachos, priced at $24. Drink specials include buckets of Coors Light beers, priced at $25, and buckets of seven-ounce Sol beers, priced at $18. Tacos & Tequila, Luxor, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-262-5225.
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.
Wynn Las Vegas has announced three chef appointments. Rene Lenger has taken over as executive chef of The Country Club, replacing Carlos Guía. Lenger has been at Wynn Las Vegas since 2007, holding positions at The Country Club, Switch Steakhouse and Lakeside. David Middleton has been named the executive chef of Tableau and is returning to the Wynn. He previously worked alongside chefs Paul Zlatos, Devin Hashimoto and Alex Stratta during his five years at Alex, before leaving to open Scarpetta as executive sous chef and serving as executive chef at Marche Bacchus and Daniel Boulud’s DB Brasserie. Paul Zlatos will become assistant executive chef at Lakeside under executive chef David Walzog; the duo reunites after opening the restaurant together in 2010. Since 2010, Zlatos has served as Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef, executive chef at Sirio at Aria and, most recently, executive chef of Tableau. Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN.
Landry’s, Inc. has announced Jose Navarro as the new executive chef of Trevi at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Previously, Navarro has held several positions in Las Vegas. Navarro served as executive chef at The Grotto at the Golden Nugget, played a key role in the opening of SHe by Morton’s and was executive chef at Beso Steakhouse, two former CityCenter restaurants in partnership with Landry’s, Inc. and Eva Longoria. He was also executive chef of d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar at Monte Carlo and spent time at Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro at The Palazzo and Barolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas. Trevi, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-735-4663.
Todd Harrington has announced his departure from Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian, which he opened in late 2014. Before landing at Yardbird, Harrington was assistant executive chef at the Downtown Grand and executive chef at Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace. Founder of 50 Eggs, John Kunkel, will continue to oversee the menu and recipe development at Yardbird. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-297-6541.
Frédéric Don has been named the new chef de cuisine at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. Don, who studied at Les Petites Bruyères St. Chamond in France, was previously at Pierre Gagnaire’s The Gallery at Sketch in London, where he served as head chef since 2013. Don replaces Ryuki Kawasaki, who left to take the chef de cuisine position at The Dome at Lebua in Bangkok, Thailand. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, CityCenter, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89158, 702-590-8888.
Chef Alex Stratta has closed Tapas by Alex Stratta in Tivoli Village. It has been replaced by a new concept called Salt N' Pepper, featuring Southern comfort food. Tapas by Alex Stratta, 440 S. Rampart Blvd., Ste. 180, Las Vegas, NV 89145, no phone.
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