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January 2017 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Zuma has opened at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Zuma is now open at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Created and co-founded by chef Rainer Becker, the restaurant is 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. Zuma, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7100, 877-551-7772.
 
Giordano’s, a Chicago landmark since 1974 known for its stuffed deep-dish pizza pies, has opened its first location in Las Vegas. Situated on the Strip at the Grand Bazaar Shops adjacent to Bally’s Las Vegas, the full service restaurant offers views of the Vegas Strip from the second floor and a spacious patio located on the ground floor, both featuring a full bar. In addition to the deep-dish pizzas, hand-stretched crust and crispy extra thin crust pizzas are also offered, as are an array of sandwiches, salads and classic Italian dishes such as lasagna and fettuccine Alfredo. Look for carry-out options, too. Open from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Giordano’s, Grand Bazaar Shops, 3619 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Ste. 200, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-850-2420.
 
Momofuku is now open at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Momofuku is now open at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Chef/founder David Chang started the Momofuku empire in 2004 with the opening of Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York and has since expanded to more than a dozen restaurants in New York, Sydney, Toronto and Washington, D.C. Momofuku, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
 
Virgil’s Real Barbecue has opened at The LINQ Promenade. The 14,000-square-foot restaurant seats 300, includes three outdoor spaces and features reclaimed wood sourced from vintage barns across the Southern states. The menu highlights the BBQ tastes of Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, the Carolinas and Missouri with meats smoked over a mix of hickory, oak and fruit woods. An assortment of traditional sides is offered, such as barbecue beans, coleslaw, cheese grits, banana pudding and Key lime and sweet potato pies. Complementing the fare are fourteen beers on tap, including the exclusive Virgil’s Ale from Magic Hat. Virgil’s is open daily from 11 a.m. Live entertainment performing country, bluegrass and classic rock occurs nightly from 9 p.m. to midnight. Virgil’s Real Barbecue, The LINQ Promenade, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-389-7400.
 
Now open at The Venetian is The Dorsey cocktail bar, located off of the casino adjacent to Restaurant Row in the space formerly occupied by The Bourbon Room. The 4,500-square-foot venue features French oak, leather, brass and marble, and a separate library area with a fireplace. The full-service bar has an inventive cocktail menu designed by barman Sam Ross (NYC's Attaboy), with signature creations such as the Penicillin with Scotch, lemon, ginger, honey and an Islay float; and the Creole Punch with rum, pineapple, ginger, citrus, allspice and nutmeg. The Dorsey is open nightly from 2 p.m. until 4 a.m. The Dorsey, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-659-9643.
 

News Bytes

Tom’s Urban Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
Tom's Urban Las Vegas at New York-New York Hotel & Casino will celebrate its second anniversary with a special "Tom's Turns Two" affair February 1-28. In honor of the anniversary, guests with the first name Tom or any name starting with the letter "T" will receive 50 percent off their individual bill throughout the month of February. This special is available with valid I.D. and is valid for 50 percent off individual bills only and does not apply to the entire table. Tom's Urban, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-740-6766.
 
Aureole has reopened with a new look Aureole Reopens with a New Chef, Décor & Menu
Chef Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, which has been open at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino since 1999, closed in late 2016 for a remodel, and the restaurant has reopened with a new look, redesigned menu and new executive chef, Johnny Church. Menu highlights include raclette fondue, a selection of raw, seasonal vegetables topped with warm cheese fondue; beef and octopus carpaccio with zesty gremolata and brioche; California crab roll rolled in fresh avocado sushi-style and sprinkled with puffed rice; and cold-pressed coffee panna cotta with huckleberries, brown butter and lavender ice cream. One thing unchanged is the iconic 50-foot wine tower containing 10,000 bottles retrieved by Aureole’s signature flying wine angels. The redesigned main dining room features splashes of purple, gold and orange, with the earthy tones of a live olive tree. Fountain Terrace, Aureole’s more upscale dining room, has a color palette accentuated by a gold leaf ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows. Aureole, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7401.
 
The Palm Hosting Sunday Supper Throughout February
Throughout the month of February, The Palm at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will host a traditional Sunday Supper with classic steakhouse combinations. Served each Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and priced at $49, three seafood pairings are offered matched with a nine-ounce filet mignon: coconut crusted sea scallops drizzled with jalapeño simple syrup; a five-ounce Nova Scotia lobster tail served with melted butter; and jumbo lump crab cake with watermelon radish and jícama slaw topped with Old Bay aïoli. A children’s menu will also be available in addition to The Palm’s à la carte menu. The Palm, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-732-7256.
 
Pub 365 at Tuscany Suites & Casino offers an executive lunch menu Executive Lunch Menu at Pub 365
Pub 365 at Tuscany Suites & Casinohas begun offering an executive lunch menu Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that is guaranteed to be served within 15 minutes or the meal is complimentary. Priced at $9.95, it includes pub chips and a fountain drink or iced tea with choices of coffee-rubbed brisket, a chicken pesto panino, pastrami Reuben, classic Cuban panino and trio of Angus beef sliders with french fries. Guests have the option of upgrading to a premium non-alcoholic beverage or beer for $2 more. Pub 365, Tuscany Suites & Casino, 255 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-893-8933, 877-TUSCAN 1.
 
Hakkasan Celebrates Chinese New Year
Hakkasan at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and its 11 restaurants around the world will celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rooster with a prix-fixe menu, exclusive cocktails and desserts. Available from January 13 to February 11, 2017, a multi-course feast priced at $128 will include the Waltzing Collins cocktail featuring Asian spirits such as baijiu and saké and small eats like braised Chilean abalone with wind dried oyster and gold leaf, Prosperity salad with crispy chicken, and a steamed dim sum platter with har gau, scallop shumai, Chinese chive dumpling and black pepper dumpling. Main dishes include steam Dover sole, braised abalone, braised Chinese vegetables in bean curd skin and golden fried rice with salted egg. Desserts are deep-fried sesame balls, a traditional Chinese dessert using a light pastry with a custard filling; and the Golden feather highlighting a ginger panna cotta, Mandarin and caramelized white chocolate. Hakkasan, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7888.
 
Standard & Pour Debuts Sunday Brunch
Standard & Pour has launched an all-new 'Mimosas, Muffins & Marys' Sunday brunch, available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. Unique specialties, prepared by executive chef Jake Dieleman, include Bacon & Egg Polenta with crispy lardons, poached eggs and green onions; an English muffin sandwich with bacon, cheddar, hash browns and basil aïoli; Muffins & Gravy, honey habanero corn bread muffin and chorizo red eye gravy; Fat Elvis French Toast with banana, peanut butter and bacon; and Tenders & Waffle, corn flake chicken tenders and cheddar jalapeño waffle. In addition, bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and PBRs are offered for $20 and a guest DJ performs each week. Standard & Pour, 11261 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 200, Henderson, NV 89052, 702-629-5523.
 
Pearl Ocean Celebrates Year of the Rooster
Pearl Ocean, Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino’s live seafood and dim sum restaurant, will celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rooster with a prix-fixe authentic dim sum menu. Offered from January 28-February 5, 2017, and priced at $238 for four people, the menu includes lotus root, black moss and pork tongue soup; BBQ pork; braised pork feet with red bean curd sauce; stir-fried sliced conch; crispy free ranch chicken; live Dungeness crab; and a fresh fruit platter. For groups of more than four, each additional person will be charged an extra $50 and another dish will be added, with choices of stir-fried crab paste with shrimp and broccoli, wok-fried scallop with greens, dried scallop cabbage wrap, wok-fried shark-fin, crab meat with eggs or crispy honey oyster. Pearl Ocean, Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino, 300 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-579-1287.
 

Chef Shuffle

Alizé at the Top of the Palms has appointed Chris Bulen as executive chef. Bulen has extensive experience with the restaurants of chef André Rochat, and shortly after moving to Las Vegas was hired by Rochat to work at Alizé and worked his way through kitchen positions, learning the techniques he now applies as executive chef of that very restaurant. “Returning to Alizé to take over as the executive chef has been a great honor. It’s where my career with this company began and where I really started to learn and develop as a chef,” says Bulen. Prior to rejoining Alizé, Bulen was executive chef at Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge at Monte Carlo. Bulen replaces Mark Purdy, who is now the managing partner for Stacked Hospitality, the restaurant and nightlife company that owns and operates Alizé and the new Andre’s Bistro & Bar. Alizé at the Top of the Palms, Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-951-7000.
 
Marché Bacchus has appointed Tom Moloney as executive chef. Moloney spent the past 10 years as executive chef at AquaKnox at The Venetian, and prior to that, six years with Wolfgang Puck in Los Angeles. Moloney joins consulting chef Luciano Pellegrini in leading the kitchen. Marché Bacchus, Lakeside Center, 2620 Regatta Dr., Ste. 106, Las Vegas, NV 89128, 702-804-8008.
 
Thomas Griese, who took on the executive chef position at Charlie Palmer Steak at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas in September, has parted ways with the restaurant. Director of operations Steven Geddes (who is a master sommelier and also a trained chef who years ago worked alongside André Rochat) and executive sous chef Lalo Saavreda are teaming up to run the kitchen. According to a Charlie Palmer Group spokesperson, “At the moment, we are not searching for an executive chef as we evaluate the new team and kitchen operations.” Before joining Charlie Palmer Steak, Griese worked at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon at The Venetian, Le Cirque at the Bellagio, Michael Mina 74 and Mina Test Kitchen. It has not been announced where Griese’s next position will be. Charlie Palmer Steak, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, 3960 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-5120.
 
Bobby Silva has left Sake Rok, the Japanese restaurant/performance venue in The Park where he had held the title of executive chef since its opening in the spring of 2016. Replacing Silva is Joseph Mosconi, who has been with the restaurant since it opened and prior to that was executive chef at the Tahiti Village resort on Las Vegas Boulevard. It has not yet been announced what Silva’s next position will be. Sake Rok, The Park, 3786 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-706-3022.
 

Closings

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Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which had been open since the resort debuted on NYE in 2010, closed after service on January 15, 2017. After a remodel, the restaurant will reopen in the spring and will be renamed simply Blue Ribbon and will be a version of chefs/owners Bruce and Eric Bromberg’s NYC Blue Ribbon flagship restaurant, serving New American fare that will draw heavily from the original SoHo eatery. The menu will include raw bar offerings, pu pu platters and signature comfort dishes like bone marrow with oxtail marmalade, fried oysters, steak tartare and their famous fried chicken. The Asfour/Guzy-designed space will feature chandeliers, tinted cement and glazed antique tile. Blue Ribbon will be open for brunch, lunch, dinner and late night. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7000.
 

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