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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LAS VEGAS

Sadelle’s has opened in Bellagio overlooking the resort’s conservatory Sadelle’s, SoHo’s vintage-style restaurant from Major Food Group, has opened in Bellagio overlooking the resort’s conservatory. The 10,000-square-foot space features a combination of colorful pastels and touches reminiscent of a grand café along an old European boulevard, with a bakery cart, crystal chandelier, herringbone parquet floors, paneled blush walls and an elevated bar and lounge with clamshell lounge chairs and serpentine sofas. The menu includes New York City-style classics, such as hand-rolled bagels, smoked-fish platters, triple-decker sandwiches, burgers, salads and all-day caviar, and mainstays from the original NYC location such as spicy fried chicken with acacia honey and coleslaw. Grilled branzino with Meyer lemon and sesame spinach, and a New York-style rib-eye with smothered onions are new offerings unique to the Vegas outpost. Sadelle’s is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6 a.m.-midnight. Sadelle’s, Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-693-7111, 888-987-6667.
 
Rodizio Grill has opened at Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson. The Brazilian “churrasco” steakhouse established in 1995 was the first in the U.S. and now has locations in 12 states, with this new opening its first in Nevada. The concept features more than a dozen varieties of rotisserie-grilled meat carved tableside by traditionally dressed Gauchos. The meats are complemented with a salad bar with more than 30 salads, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, cured meats and hot dishes such as black bean stew. The beverage program includes fresh-pressed juices, eight flavors of homemade Brazilian limeades, cocktails like the classic caipirinha and Brazilian wine and beer. Among the desserts is the torta brigadeiro – chocolate mousse torte made with four types of chocolate, served à la mode with sliced bananas and fresh whipped cream. The full Rodizio is $26.99 for lunch and $35.99 for dinner and the salad bar only is $19.99 for brunch and $21.99 for dinner. Note: The restaurant is located outside of Galleria at Sunset facing Sunset Road. Hours are Mon.-Thurs. dinner menu 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. lunch menu 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & dinner menu 3 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. lunch menu 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & dinner menu 3 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. lunch menu 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & dinner menu 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Rodizio Grill, Galleria at Sunset, 1300 W. Sunset Rd., Ste. 2950, Henderson, NV 89014, 702-781-5000.
 
Food Network star and former co-host of ABC’s The Chew Michael Symon has opened Mabel’s BBQ at the Palms on the casino floor next to the sports book. The décor of this second location of Symon's Cleveland restaurant features arched ceilings, brick walls, an industrial ceiling and a back patio with games and space for live entertainment. The menu features smoked brisket, kielbasa and pork belly served by the half pound; chicken, wings, spare ribs and turkey; tacos and burritos; and pig parts, with choices of crispy tails, ears and cracklings. The beverage program includes 300 bourbons and more than 75 craft beers, several of which are from Nevada-based brewers. A restaurant-within-a-restaurant is Sara’s, dubbed a “meateasy” with space for 54 diners, serving more upscale dishes such as prime rib, Peking duck, grilled lobster, raw bar items and table-sized desserts. Mabel’s BBQ is open daily from 11:30 a.m. Mabel’s BBQ, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-942-7777, 866-942-7777, 866-942-7770.
 
Hong Kong restaurant Mott 32 has opened its first U.S. outpost at The Palazzo. The 11,715-square-foot space seats 242 guests, with five private dining rooms. Dinner is offered nightly. The name is derived from the address of NYC’s first Chinese convenience store, which debuted in 1891 in Chinatown. The farm-to-table cooking is led by group executive chef Man-Sing Lee and Vegas-based head chef Alan Ji, with a menu featuring applewood-roasted Peking duck, Iberico pork with soft quail egg and black truffle siu mai and crispy triple-cooked Wagyu beef short ribs. Décor, designed by Joyce Wang, who also designed Mott 32 in Hong Kong and Vancouver, incorporates Vegas touches such as a dining table made from a vintage roulette wheel and a chandelier adorned with a feather boa. Mott 32, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-263-3001.
 
Philadelphia's Vetri Cucina, which celebrates 20 years in 2018, has expanded with a Las Vegas branch in the former location of Nove Italiano at Palms Casino Resort. Unlike the original restaurant, which only serves a tasting menu at dinner, Vetri Cucina Las Vegas offers an à la carte menu with signature dishes such as sweet onion crêpe with white truffle fondue; Swiss chard gnocchi with ricotta salata and brown butter; and salt-baked branzino. Vetri Cucina, Palms Casino Resort, Fantasy Tower, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-944-5900.
 
Television star and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump and Caesars Palace will partner to open Vanderpump Cocktail Garden, set to debut in early 2019. The new venue will add to Vanderpump’s Los Angeles restaurants and lounges: Villa Blanca, SUR, Pump and Tom Tom. Located between The Colosseum and the entrance to The Forum Shops at Caesars, the Cocktail Garden will have an indoor patio welcoming guests upon arrival, an outdoor al fresco-style garden with towering trees and romantic lighting, and inside, Vanderpump’s signature touches of pink, with contrasting masculine details. The lounge area will feature booths as well as a full bar that focuses on craft cocktails, Vanderpump-branded Sangria and Rosé and a carefully selected wine list. Small shareable bites will also be available. Vanderpump Cocktail Garden, Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Cipriani has opened in Las Vegas Cipriani, the Italian institution which originally opened as Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy, in 1931, has made its debut at the new Wynn Plaza. The Las Vegas expansion follows openings around the globe, including New York, Miami, Mexico City, Dubai and Riyadh, and is the first Cipriani location on the West Coast. The décor features a nautical feel with glossy walnut, chrome accents and terrazzo floors. The menu includes signature classics such as carpaccio alla Cipriani, baked tagliolini with ham and vanilla meringue; and the bar serves the original Bellini, which was invented at Harry's Bar in Venice. Cipriani, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-770-7000, 1-888-320-WYNN.
 
Su Casa is now open at the Silverton Casino Hotel, nestled inside Mi Casa Grill Cantina. The new restaurant-within-a-restaurant offers fresh coastal Asian-inspired favorites with Latin influences. Highlights include yellowtail ceviche with spicy coconut broth; an ahi tuna poke bowl with toasted macadamia nuts and Maui onions; a West Coast sushi burrito with spicy tuna, crab, tempura shrimp and eel sauce; a Su Casa sushi roll – eel, tuna, avocado, cucumber, unagi sauce and chipotle aïoli; and Get in my Belly ramen with soft boiled egg, char siu pork, applewood smoked bacon, bean sprouts and sesame seeds. Complementing the Asian fare are an extensive saké list, Asian beer selection and specialty cocktails, like the Osaka Painkiller with Suntory Toki Japanese whiskey, cream of coconut, pepper-infused orange juice and pineapple juice. Su Casa is open for dinner from 4 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. and for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. Fri.-Sun. Su Casa, Silverton Casino Hotel, 3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139, 702-263-7777, 866-946-4373.
 
Strat Café & Wok is now open at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. The 24-hour 4,465-square-foot restaurant is situated on the casino floor, and its décor is inspired by the neighboring Downtown Las Vegas Arts District, with pieces by local artists adorning the walls. The menu, created by Golden Entertainment executive chef Johnny Church, features home-style favorites and traditional Asian cuisine, with breakfast selections such as cornflake-crusted french toast stuffed with peanut butter and mixed berry compote; a variety of sandwiches and burgers including a double-double hangover burger with crispy bacon, fried egg and American cheese; entrées like seven-layer lasagna with white wine sauce and pan-seared chicken breast with ratatouille of zucchini, squash and tomato; and a traditional Asian menu, offered from 11 a.m. to midnight, with highlights including orange chicken, Mongolian beef and spicy peppered prawns with Szechuan sauce. Open 24 hours. Strat Café & Wok, 2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89104, 702-380-7777.
 
Catch has opened a Las Vegas outpost at Aria Resort & Casino Catch, known for attracting A-listers from around the world at its locations in NYC, Hollywood and Playa del Carmen, has opened a Las Vegas outpost at Aria Resort & Casino. It’s situated just off the main lobby in the space formerly occupied by BarMasa and Tetsu. Décor features a lighted walkway with greenery, olive trees in the dining room and tones of teal and azure blue. The menu features a raw bar; sushi; nigiri/sashimi; vegan dishes; branzino, swordfish, Cantonese lobster, tuna, scallop, octopus, mahi mahi and snapper; porterhouse, American Wagyu and New Zealand rack of lamb; and s’mores pizza, sticky coconut cake and vegan pistachio “cheesecake.” The beverage program includes an extensive saké, tequila, bourbon, Cognac, whiskey and Scotch selection; and cocktails like the Pineapple Trainwreck with Belvedere, pineapple, tarragon, lemon and Peychaud’s. Catch is open daily for dinner from 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. and the lounge is open Thursday-Saturday from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Catch, Aria Resort & Casino, CityCenter, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 866-359-7757.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Secret Burger Off-the-Menu Service Launching in Las Vegas
A new dining concept launching in Las Vegas is Secret Burger, an online venture giving foodies the opportunity to reserve a limited one-of-a-kind off-the-menu item. Limited to just 50 and available on one day at participating restaurants, the dish can only be experienced by booking online (there are no walk-ins). The name is misleading – it’s not limited to burgers – and initial offerings begin on January 16 with options for nearly every day. A sampling of the choices includes January 16: EDO Tapas – Iberico de bellota sandwich; January 22: Other Mama – wild shrimp & bacon “burger”; January 26: Sparrow + Wolf – duck confit cinnamon roll; and January 31: Esther’s Kitchen – the “I’m Afraid of Americans” 9 oz. griddle burger with EK special sauce. Secret Burger will also be debuting in several other cities, such as NYC, L.A., S.F., Chicago and Miami. Visit the Secret Burger website for more information, prices and to order tickets.
 
China Poblano Chinese New Year Specials
China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan will be offering specials for Chinese New Year, “The Year of the Pig,” with ingredients in each dish representing good fortune for the New Year. Available February 4-17, specials include the chicken or the egg ($15.88) with fried egg tofu resembling a golden brick for good fortune; goose goose duck ($15.88) with foie gras representing eating luxuriously on the first day of the year; XO rice noodles ($18.88) with XO sauce made from dried scallop, shrimp and Iberico ham to signify luxury and the rolled rice noodle, also called “pork intestine noodle” in Chinese, symbolizing “The Year of the Pig”; forest of jade ($13.88) with a dumpling representing Chinese currency and the green dough representing jade, which is considered lucky in Chinese; and an open sesame ball with red bean ice cream ($8.88) representing a prosperous life, health and a good harvest. China Poblano, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7900.
 
LINQ Promenade Restaurants Offering High Roller Combo Tickets
Two restaurants at The LINQ Promenade are offering packages for a meal and ride on the 550-foot High Roller observation wheel. The Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips + High Roller combo ticket, available daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for $30, includes one ride and a choice of fish, shrimp, sausage or chicken with chips and one soft drink. The Flour & Barley + High Roller combo ticket, available daily from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for $55, includes one ride and one pizza; signature cocktail, house wine or draft beer; and a choice of dessert, meatballs, side salad or calamari. To purchase combo tickets, visit HighRollerLV.com. The LINQ Promenade, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
SG Bar Introduces New Menu
SG Bar has introduced a new menu featuring sharable plates, “15-Minute Lunches” and cocktails. Developed by PT’s Entertainment Group director of culinary operations Scott Green, the sharable dishes include adult mac & cheese in varieties of pork belly and BBQ, buffalo chicken, four cheese and wild mushroom; avocado toastettes topped with greens and poached egg; and seared salmon bites with black barley, farro and grilled vegetable succotash. The “15-Minute Lunch” special, available daily from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., includes an adult lunchable with salami, prosciutto, aged cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, crackers and a baguette; mini sandwiches, including a classic Reuben, porchetta and Cubano; and a soup and sandwich combo. The new cocktail menu includes the Star Gazer with Bombay, St-Germain, lemon and cucumber; Spark Plug with SKYY, Kahlúa and espresso; and Cherry-Lemon Margarita with City Lights Shine Cherry Lemon, Sauza Gold Tequila, Triple Sec and sour mix. SG Bar, 9580 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89147, 702-320-4700.
 
Sushi Roku Rolls Out New Menu Items & Free Valet Offer
Sushi Roku at Forum Shops at Caesars is celebrating its 14th anniversary with several new menu items and some that are exclusive to its Las Vegas location. The former include sriracha shrimp with Champagne sauce and house-made potato chips; vegan roll with grilled eryngii mushroom, asparagus, jalapeño and almond sauce; Roku cacio e pepe with ramen, pecorino and Asiago cheese; white fish tempura with ginger/garlic/furikake-marinated skate wing; short rib bao with 5 spice-braised short rib and pickled vegetables; and carnival P.B.J. dessert encased in cotton candy, which is lit afire when served. Vegas-only dishes are Wagyu tataki with smoked hickory, truffle aïoli and sautéed shimeji mushroom; and titan roll with spicy scallop, tuna, salmon, jalapeño and miso vinaigrette. In addition, the restaurant now offers free valet parking in the Forum Valet to locals dining in the restaurant. Sushi Roku, Caesars Palace, Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-733-7373.
 
Slater's 50/50 Offers New Vegas-Inspired Burgers
Burger-centric Slater's 50/50 opened its first Nevada outpost this past summer and now it is bringing two additions to its menu inspired by the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. The 24K Burger features a 24K gold-dusted brioche bun with three strips of 24K gold-dusted "billionaire's" bacon, a half-pound of Australian Wagyu beef, truffle cheese, baby arugula, bacon jam, roasted garlic aïoli and demi-glace. The Whale Burger contains three ounces of poached lobster, one pound of Australian Wagyu beef, three 24K gold-dusted "billionaire's" bacon strips, truffle cheese, baby arugula, bacon jam, roasted garlic aïoli and demi-glace on a 24K gold-dusted brioche bun and is served with a 375 milliliter bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne. The 24K Burger is priced at $24 and The Whale Burger with the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label pairing is $100. Both burgers come with a side of Slater's fries or sweet potato fries. Slater's 50/50, 467 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd., Ste. 100, Las Vegas, NV 89183, 702-766-5050.
 

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LAS VEGAS RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Public House at The Venetian shuttered on January 13. Gen3 Hospitality issued a statement saying, “Since 2012, Public House, located in Restaurant Row at The Grand Canal Shoppes, has embodied Gen3 Hospitality’s core values of customer service and commitment to our community. We’d like to thank The Venetian for being a valuable partner during this successful six-year run, and we look forward to future collaborations.” The gastropub offered comfort food classics and an extensive beer menu in an upscale setting. Also, AquaKnox, situated just a few steps away, which featured seafood flown in daily from around the world, closed just a week prior. AquaKnox was one of The Venetian’s first restaurants, opening when the resort debuted in 1999. The Venetian has not yet announced the replacements for either restaurant. Public House, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Both of Rick Moonen’s restaurants at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, RM Seafood and Rx Boiler Room, closed without prior notice on Nov. 10. According to a statement by Moonen, the closings were to allow the celebrity chef to focus on his numerous initiatives, including an off-Strip location, restaurant concept consulting, his online lifestyle network “Feast it Forward,” product endorsements, various charity events and promoting sustainable seafood as a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force through the Monterey Bay Aquarium, for which he was a founding member. RM Seafood originally opened in 2004 as Restaurant RM and Rx Boiler Room opened in 2013. Moonen did not provide a location or timeframe for his new restaurant, nor has MGM Properties indicated what will replace the two restaurants. RM Seafood, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Mandalay Place, 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, no phone.
 

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