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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LAS VEGAS

Wynn Las Vegas will welcome a social dining, contemporary Mexican restaurant concept, Elio, in partnership with Enrique Olvera, Daniela Soto-Innes and Santiago Perez of ATM Group, the international hospitality company behind acclaimed restaurants Cosme and Atla in NYC and Pujol in Mexico City. Set to debut on March 19, 2020, the restaurant will occupy the former space of Andrea’s adjacent to Encore Beach Club. Décor will feature modern and minimal architectural lines paired with rich textures and beautiful art inspired by the 40s and 50s, a golden age for the Mexican cinema. The menu will showcase small plates and appetizers with a heavy emphasis on seafood and produce paired with signature shareable entrées. The bar and lounge will boast an assortment of hand-selected agave-based spirits from Mexico and will be open daily and serve weekend brunch. The dining room will be open nightly. Elio, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Flamingo Las Vegas will debut its Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse in early 2020. The restaurant’s name is a nod to Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and business partner Meyer Lansky, who in 1946 opened the Flamingo, the first resort-style hotel on The Strip. The steakhouse will offer a variety of atmospheres: an oval-shaped main bar with rich woods and flamingo artwork; patio dining surrounded by lush greenery; a main dining room with light and dark woods, and vintage black and white images of the Flamingo and Las Vegas; three themed private dining rooms; and a raw bar where staff will be shucking oysters and building seafood tower displays. The menu will feature hand-selected cuts – there will be an in-house dry-aged program; premium shellfish, crudo, poke and tataki preparations; and baked Alaska, mille-feuille with bourbon mousseline and strawberries Romanoff. Beverages will highlight rum cocktails, prohibition-era options and contemporary creations, and a tableside Old Fashioned cart will roll through the restaurant with customizable selections. Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse, Flamingo Las Vegas, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
The Front Yard at Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery is situated in front of the casino facing Koval Lane. The two-story beer garden, dining and entertainment addition with a capacity for 300 includes two bars, a full-service restaurant, HDTVs throughout (including a giant 18-foot big screen), garden walls, expansive windows and unobstructed views of the Vegas Strip. A retractable ceiling can be opened when weather permits. The food menu lists wings, Italian meatball, duck fat poutine, horseradish-crusted salmon, steak frites, porchetta and a half pound burger topped with pork belly. Craft beers from the brewery are offered, as are seven specialty brews served exclusively in The Front Yard, which upon opening included a Belgian IPA, coffee stout, helles bock, doppelbock, Belgian triple and rauchbier. Hours are 3 p.m.-midnight and in the future will expand to 24/7. The Front Yard, Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery, 4178 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-8901.
 
The Mayfair Supper Club, inspired by top supper clubs in London and around the world and featuring contemporary American cuisine and nightly live entertainment, will open at Bellagio over New Year’s Eve weekend in the former space of Hyde Bellagio overlooking The Fountains of Bellagio. MGM Properties has partnered with London and New York-based Martin Brudnizki Design Studios to design the new venue. While details of the décor and menu have not yet been released, the New Year’s Eve menu will offer a peek at the restaurant’s offerings. Included will be Waldorf salad, a chilled shellfish tower, caviar pasta with truffle shavings, oysters Rockefeller, steak tartare, salmon and sorrel, chicken à la king, filet Rossini, winter vegetable pot pie, Dover sole Veronique and Kobe beef. The Mayfair Supper Club, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Din Tai Fung, the Taiwanese dumpling and noodle house with more than 170 restaurants in 13 countries, will debut in the former ARIA Café space at Aria Resort & Casino in mid-to-late 2020. The restaurant is renowned for its meticulously handcrafted dumplings and noodles served in an approachable setting and specializes in xiao long bao Shanghai-style soup dumplings, which are filled with high quality Kurobuta pork and broth fragranced with aromas of fresh ginger and green onion. Additional details on Din Tai Fung will be made available in the coming months. Din Tai Fung, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Chef Michael Mina and restaurateur Ayesha Curry have brought their International Smoke to Las Vegas at MGM Grand. The restaurant debuted in 2016 as a pop-up at MINA Test Kitchen before launching its first brick and mortar outpost in San Francisco in 2017. The chef-driven menu offers a wide selection of international flavors, with wood-fired dishes such as smoked St. Louis cut pork ribs finished with signature sauces including American barbeque, Vietnamese lemongrass with Saigon streusel and Korean sesame-gochujang with toasted black sesame seeds; a shellfish platter with charcoal-grilled oysters, shrimp, lobster and crab steamed tableside with lemongrass tea; and the Gina Jamaica, Ayesha’s signature cocktail with Absolut Elyx Vodka, Barsol Pisco, cucumber and basil. International Smoke is open daily for dinner. International Smoke, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-3922.
 
This winter, The X Pot will debut on the retail level at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. The Asian fusion communal dining concept from founders Haibin Yang and David Zhao, known for Chubby Cattle and Xiang Hotpot, will offer an immersive hotpot eating experience in which guests select and cook their own ingredients at the table. Options include an abundance of meat, seafood and vegetable selections such as A5 Wagyu and certified Kobe beef that will be showcased inside a specialty display case, where the beef will be aged for at least 100 days before serving. The restaurant will feature an array of HD 360 projections, thematic soundscapes and interactive light shows that display onto each plate, and high-tech smart-robot technology will be utilized to deliver dishes to the table in conjunction with human servers. Menu and service offerings will be provided in multiple languages such as Chinese, English and Spanish. The X Pot, The Venetian, Grand Canal Shoppes, 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-888-9768.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mott 32 Launches Bottomless Sunday Brunch
Mott 32 at The Palazzo launched its new Bottomless Brunch, available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Sunday. Priced at $58 per person, it offers an assortment of dim sum and small plates – soup, seafood, meat, rice and noodles, vegetables and dessert for up to two hours. Guests can add the Free-Flow Beverage Package for an additional $35 per person, which includes signature cocktails and Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne. Featured brunch entrées range from barbecue pluma Iberico pork with scrambled eggs and black truffle to fried mashed potatoes with beef short rib; king prawn har gow with garlic chive; pan-fried glutinous rice with chicken, Iberico pork, conpoy and egg; sesame prawn toast with autumn sauce; and South Australian scallop, garoupa and egg white dumpling topped with caviar and a gold leaf. Mott 32, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-607-3232.
 
Dragon’s Pearl: scallop & pork dumpling wrapped in daikon, mushroom broth & black moss China Poblano Chinese New Year Special Menu
China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan will usher in the Year of the Rat with a Chinese New Year tasting menu, offered from January 20-February 2. Dishes include Secret Garden: black sesame fried tofu, seasonal greens, pear, almond and sesame dressing ($10.88); Dragon’s Pearl: scallop and pork dumpling wrapped in daikon, mushroom broth and black moss ($16.88); Royal Treasure: soft shell crab, golden Mexican blue shrimp, salted egg yolk and pea shoots ($23.88); Lucky Pot: fried whole seasonal fish, pearl onion, corn cakes and crispy black rice ($28.88); and Golden Fortune: tart shell, egg custard, pastry cream, blueberry and ginger ice cream ($13.88). The menu will be launched on January 20 with all five dishes priced at $88 for two. Visit here for more information and to purchase tickets. China Poblano, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7900.
 
Veganuary Spotlights Vegan Dining
The 3rd annual Veganuary, Las Vegas’ celebration of plant-based dining presented by Vegans, Baby, will run through the month of January with more than 30 restaurants across the city offering vegan dishes. Participating restaurants include Bok Bok Chicken, Border Grill, Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, Firefly, Hussong’s Cantina, Mott 32, Slice of Vegas, Tacotarian and VegeNation. A portion of the proceeds from every dish purchased will benefit the local animal rescue group A Home 4 Spot. Visit the official website for a list of participating restaurants and the vegan dishes being served.
 
Caesars Palace Restaurants Offering Vegan & Vegetarian Dishes
Caesars Palace restaurants offer a number of vegan and vegetarian dishes. Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen has pan-seared tofu “scallops” made with sautéed celery root, pickled apples and lemon vinaigrette; and vegan risotto created with truffle risotto, tofu purée and crispy onion. MR CHOW serves a tofu casserole with braised tofu, vegetables and braised vegetables with fresh hand-pulled noodles. Nobu Restaurant features a seasonal vegetarian omakase menu ($100) with courses like vegetable ceviche, chef’s selection of sushi (tofu skin, myoga, shiitake, etc.), avocado tartar and mushroom soup. Restaurant Guy Savoy has its artichoke and black truffle soup served alongside toasted mushroom brioche and black truffle butter (can be requested as a vegan-friendly variation and served without Parmesan cheese and toasted brioche). Vanderpump Cocktail Garden offers light bites including heirloom crudités and a hummus board comprising grilled naan, edamame and pink beet hummus. Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-227-5938.
 
Silverton’s Seasons Buffet Serving Friday Lobster Feast
Seasons buffet at Silverton Casino Hotel is offering its Lobster Feast on Fridays from 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The seafood feast includes lobster tacos with passion fruit-tomato chutney with charred avocado, shrimp scampi, stuffed crab, oven-roasted lobster tails, Cajun shrimp with tasso cream sauce and lobster mac n’ cheese; a live-action carving station with coffee-crusted NY strip, hot smoked BBQ salmon and rosemary crusted turkey; seasonal entrées like Cajun broiled oysters, clam bake, sake/ginger wok-fried mussels and crawfish boil; and a dessert station with hand-scooped ice cream, assorted pastries, cookies, pies and cakes. The Lobster Feast includes bottomless house wine or Miller Lite draft beer and is priced at $45.99 per person, $41.99 with Silverton Rewards Club card and $34.99 for children 2-8 years old. Seasons, Silverton Casino Hotel, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-263-7777.
 
Bouchon Serving Seasonal Menu
Bouchon at The Venetian is offering a seasonal fall and winter menu during its dinner service from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Menu items include cassoulet: duck confit, garlic sausage, braised bacon, Tarbais beans and persillade breadcrumbs; confit de canard: crispy duck leg confit with Brussels sprouts and whole-grain mustard sauce; poulet rôti: roasted chicken with potato purée, bacon lardons, melted savoy cabbage and chicken jus; saumon poêlé: pan-seared Scottish salmon with French green lentils, matignon of root vegetables and red wine jus; and gâteau au chocolat: devil’s food cake with K+M chocolate crémeux, K+M chocolate ganache and Madagascar vanilla crème Chantilly. Bouchon, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-6200.
 
Blossom Serving Special Lucky Menu for Chinese New Year
Blossom at Aria Resort & Casino will commemorate the Year of the Rat Chinese New Year with a special Lucky Menu and extended hours. The menu will include 26 authentic Chinese items, such as braised pig feet ($28), bamboo fungus with white yam ($38), Cantonese-style squab ($68), pan-fried pork with rice stick ($20), lamb stew hot pot ($38) and a Buddhist feast with fungus ($38). Hours of operation from Jan. 25-Feb. 1: lunch 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and dinner 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Blossom, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 877-230-2742.
 
CRUSH & Greek Sneek Offering Hockey Game Day Specials
Morton Group’s CRUSH and Greek Sneek at MGM Grand are offering game day deals during all Las Vegas Golden Knights NHL hockey game nights. Specials at the side-by-side restaurants include Golden Knights star Ryan Reaves’ locally-brewed 7Five Training Day Ale, house wines, sangría and select draft beers for $6; short rib tacos with pickled red onions and cilantro or Maine lobster rolls on warm brioche with celery and herb mayo for $9; and all wood-fired pizzas for $11. CRUSH and Greek Sneek open daily at 5 p.m.
 
The NoMad Restaurant Offering “Gotta Catch a Show?” Menus
The NoMad Restaurant at Park MGM is offering two three-course theater menus, available on concert and sporting event days at Park Theater and T-Mobile Arena. The menu priced at $65 includes courses of Brussels sprout “wedge” with smoked bacon, Gorgonzola cheese and creamy miso dressing; burrata caprese with marinated heirloom tomatoes; and a choice of wild salmon slow-baked with brioche and horseradish crust or filet mignon with crispy breadcrumb and bone marrow crust. The $95 menu includes a choice of Brussels sprout “wedge,” gnocchi cacio e pepe or pan-fried Chesapeake blue crab cakes; scallops pan-seared with tomatillos and poblano peppers or a 16-oz. 45-day dry-aged NY strip steak; and honey-oat shortbread with brittle and ice cream or malted milk ganache with chocolate fondant and malt ice cream. The NoMad Restaurant, NoMad Las Vegas, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-730-6785.
 
7th & Carson Offering Weekly Industry/Locals Night
7th & Carson in downtown Las Vegas has launched a weekly industry/locals night on Tuesdays from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. with several $10 menu items. Food offers include chicken & waffles, a double house burger with cheese and caramelized onion, jalapeño cheddar hot dog, hand-formed pizza with Grandma-style plum tomato sauce, a BLTA sandwich, a shaved smoked brisket sandwich with horseradish cream and au jus, and steamed mussels with spicy white wine tomato sauce and chorizo. Drink specials are $5 cocktails and 50 percent off select wines. The eatery is also offering the iconic Golden Gate Casino’s shrimp cocktail for 99 cents with an entrée purchase Thursday through Tuesday from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. 7th & Carson, 616 E. Carson St., Ste. 110, Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-868-4119.
 
LAVO Party Brunch Returns
With the end of summer and the arrival of cooler temperatures, LAVO’s Party Brunch, which has been offered at The Palazzo LAVO location since 2011, has returned. Every Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through March, the outdoor party includes resident DJs, weekly themes encouraging guests to dress up, confetti showers, an expansive selection of Champagne with a variety of large format bottles and a brand new menu. Decadent new items include lobster scampi pizza with Fontina, one pound of Maine lobster, fingerling potatoes and garlic butter; Kobe beef truffle sliders with black truffles, cherrywood smoked bacon, truffle cheese and fried egg; tournedos Rossini featuring eight ounces of Prime filet mignon, foie gras, mushroom duxelle and Madeira demi-glace; and a 12-ounce Wagyu strip steak encrusted in 24-karat gold. LAVO, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-791-1800.
 
Gordon Ramsay Steak Offering Three-Course Truffle Prix-Fixe Through October 27
Through October 27, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas is offering a three-course truffle prix-fixe menu for $195. The meal includes an amuse-bouche of Scotch egg with Berkshire pork sausage, pickled celery root and truffle emulsion; American Wagyu carpaccio with puffed rice paper and truffle salsa; wild mushroom and diver scallop risotto with haricot vert and mushroom crisp; American Wagyu eye and butter-poached lobster tail with glazed petit vegetables and potato purée; and vanilla mascarpone cheesecake with vanilla macerated cherries, honey graham streusel, lemon gelée and micro basil. Guests can add a wine pairing for an additional $75. Gordon Ramsay Steak, Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-946-4663; 702-946-7000.
 

UPDATES ON LAS VEGAS CHEFS

The theatrical dining experience complex AREA15, opening later in 2020 and located minutes from the Vegas Strip, has announced its partnership with chef Todd English, who will craft a customized menu for the food hall. “It’s energizing to be part of a project defined by creativity and a sense of the unexpected,” said English. The food hall (the official name has yet to be announced) will be joined by Emack & Bolios serving ice cream, yogurt, homemade fudge and chocolate, and micro-brewed sodas; cocktail and coffee bar Oddwood, offering a wide variety of premium beers, approachable cocktail beverages and a full coffee bar by Las Vegas-based Vesta Coffee Roasters; and nostalgic Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop, known for unique and out-of-the-ordinary soda and candy flavors. Also announced is AREA15’s corporate hospitality partnership with Hakkasan Group, which will be the preferred caterer for meetings, private parties and corporate events taking place in the venue. AREA15, 3215 S. Rancho Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89102, 702-846-1900.
 
Delmonico Steakhouse chef de cuisine Ronnie Rainwater, who began working for the Emeril’s organization as a line cook at the steakhouse in 1999 and has held his position there for the past seven and a half years, has been promoted to culinary director for Emeril Lagasse’s Las Vegas restaurants. In his new position, Rainwater will oversee Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian, Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo and Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand. Delmonico Steakhouse, which is currently closed for renovations until late December, has not yet announced Rainwater’s chef de cuisine replacement. Delmonico Steakhouse, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-414-1992.
 

LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

bBd’s – Beers Burgers Desserts opened at Palace Station in late August 2018, and as of November 30, the eatery specializing in beers, burgers and desserts has closed its doors. Palace Station has not yet announced bBd’s replacement. bBd’s – Beers Burgers Desserts, Palace Station Casino, 2411 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102, no phone.
 
Mandalay Bay’s Red Square, a fixture at the resort since opening in 1999, closed on November 17, 2019. One of Mandalay Bay’s original restaurants, the Russian-themed vodka bar and restaurant was known for its house-infused vodkas, iced bar top and freezing vodka vault in which patrons donned fur hats and coats as they consumed the spirits. At one time, Red Square boasted the largest vodka collection in the world. Another attraction was the headless statue of Vladimir Lenin situated at the restaurant’s entrance; the head was originally attached to the body but was lopped off after the resort was criticized for glorifying the Soviet leader. It has not yet been announced what Red Square will be replaced with. Red Square, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, no phone.
 

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