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March 2016 Archive

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If you haven't picked a place to eat tonight, you're in luck. Gayot has all the restaurant news for your area right here. Learn which new restaurants have opened in Las Vegas and which restaurants in Las Vegas have recently closed. Find out where your favorite chefs are cooking and locate special events. 

RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

TAO Group and celebrity chef Chris Santos have debuted Beauty & Essex at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. This is the second location of the restaurant, bar and lounge, which originated in 2010 in New York City. The 10,000-square-foot space celebrates the beauty of jewels in all forms. Guests enter through a gritty, pawn shop-inspired area before arriving in the lounge, where a chandelier comprised of thousands of draped pearls awaits, followed by a corridor with framed vintage lockets and dining rooms with jewel-toned hues and glamorous lighting. Santos, who has appeared as a judge on the Food Network show “Chopped,” offers share plates such as tuna poke wonton tacos, Thai-style crispy shrimp, oven braised chicken meatballs, a selection of pastas and Prime dry-aged meats. Santos and the TAO Group will also open a Beauty & Essex outpost in Los Angeles later this year. Beauty & Essex, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-698-7100, 877-551-7772.
 
This summer, chef Shawn McClain will open Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay. Located on the casino level next to Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, the gastropub will serve New American bar food alongside cocktails by “modern mixologist” Tony Abou-Ganim. Murals by Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz will adorn the interior --- Diaz is known for using thousands of linear brushstrokes atop bursts of color to create images of animals with human-like qualities. The menu will offer house-made grilled sausages, artisanal flatbreads, creative toasts and dips, seasonal salads, dry-aged steaks and cocktail-inspired desserts. Abou-Ganim will bring a strong bottled cocktail program plus “Swizzle” cocktails --- icy, frothy drinks made tableside by rapidly swizzling each concoction with five-pronged swizzle sticks from the West Indies. McClain has two other restaurants on the Vegas Strip as well: Sage and Five50, both at Aria. Libertine Social, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89119, 702-632-7777, 877-632-7800.
 
Momofuku and Milk Bar will 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. Meanwhile, Christina Tosi's Milk Bar is famous for creations like Cereal Milk ice cream, Compost Cookies and Crack Pie. Momofuku and Milk Bar, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 
Ondori Asian Kitchen is now open at the Orleans Hotel and Casino. Design elements include a wood-paneled entry rotunda and splashes of red in the main dining room, including fringed, crimson lanterns that hang from the ceiling. There are rounded booths well-suited for larger parties and more secluded booths for smaller groups. Diners can expect to see a blend of Chinese and Japanese cuisine on the menu, including hand-rolled sushi rolls like The Orleans, composed of tuna, yellowtail, salmon, snapper, daikon sprouts and crab wrapped around a thinly peeled cucumber and topped with ponzu sauce. Tossed noodle dishes and classics such as lo mein and chow fun are also in the mix. Chef specialties include the oxtail pot — tender oxtail bathed in sweet red wine with bean-curd sticks. Complementing the Asian fare is a comprehensive sake collection and beers from China and Japan. Ondori is open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining. Ondori Asian Kitchen, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89103, 702-365-7111, 800-675-3267.
 
MGM Resorts International's The Park, a new entertainment district on the Vegas Strip, has made its debut. The Park offers an eclectic blend of restaurants, bars and outdoor spaces and connects New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, as well as the new T-Mobile Arena. Beerhaus, a fresh take on the American beer hall, serves craft brews and hormone-free, artisanal eats made with regionally sourced ingredients. Bar games such foosball, shuffleboard, ping pong and corn hole are among entertainment options at the bar. The classic two-player game Connect Four is also be stationed at every table. Other confirmed dining partners to open in The Park include Shake Shack, California Pizza Kitchen and fast-casual waffle restaurant Bruxie.
 

News Bytes

Triple George Grill Partners with The Mob Museum for “The Made Experience”
Triple George Grill and The Mob Museum are partnering to provide a new package dubbed “The Made Experience.” Priced at $89 per person (two-guest minimum), the deal includes a three-course, prix-fixe menu at Triple George Grill and a ticket to The Mob Museum, which is located just steps away. Diners will choose from a charcuterie platter or kale salad; their choice of a 9-ounce filet, potato cake, lobster tail and truffle demi or bacon-wrapped scallops, cream corn and balsamic drizzle; and tiramisu or zeppole (fried Italian doughnuts with crème anglaise). The package also provides a private booth at Triple George Grill (based upon availability) and a cocktail shaker (limited availability). Guests must check in at the bar with the secret password “Capo,” at which time they will receive a “Capo Cocktail” made with Prosecco, peach puree and maraschino juice. For more information, visit the website. Triple George Grill, 201 N. Third St., Las Vegas, NV 89101, 702-384-2761.
 
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Offering Deals on Concert Nights
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is offering three-course, prix-fixe concert menus at three of its restaurants: 35 Steaks, Culinary Dropout and 福Fú Asian Kitchen. At 35 Steaks, the deal is Caesar or wedge salad; a petite filet mignon, fish of the day or vegetable risotto; and crème brûlée or chocolate torte for $65. At Culinary Kitchen, guests may dine on soft pretzels & provolone fondue or a house salad; their choice of fried chicken or meatloaf; and any 16-ounce draft beer for $25. Finally, 福Fú Asian Kitchen will serve pan-fried potstickers or miso sea bass in lettuce cups; guest’s choice of wok-fried salmon, kung pao chicken or stir-fried beef; and chocolate beignets for $29. The prix-fixe menus are only available on dates when there is a concert at The Joint, the Hard Rock's concert venue. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169, 702-693-5000, 800-HRDROCK.
 
B&B Ristorante Offering House-Made Citrus “Cellos”
This spring, B&B Ristorante at The Venetian is serving an array of house-made, citrus-infused “cellos.” Each batch is handmade by the B&B bartending staff from organic and regionally-sourced citrus. The process of extracting the essential oils from the citrus zest takes two months. In addition to the popular after-dinner limoncello, B&B Ristorante’s creations include limecello (lime), pompalmocello (grapefruit), arancianello (blood orange) and riservacello (Buddha’s hand). Guests can order one flavor at a time or select a flight of three for $16. B&B Ristorante, The Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-266-9977.
 

Chef Shuffle

Claude Le-Tohic has vacated his executive chef position at Joël Robuchon to head his own restaurant in San Francisco, set to open by the end of the year. Le-Tohic, a native of Brittany, France, first worked for Robuchon at his Jamin restaurant in Paris in 1987 and later for several other French restaurants before coming to Las Vegas in 2005 to open Robuchon’s L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Joël Robuchon (both at the MGM Grand). MGM Resorts International has not yet announced Le-Tohic’s replacement. Joël Robuchon, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109, 702-891-7925.
 

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Las Vegas to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from yesteryear. Aristocrat, R.I.P.

José Andrés’ Ku Noodle at the SLS Las Vegas closed on April 1. Ku Noodle was an Asian noodle bar featuring an open kitchen, handmade noodles and siu mai dumplings. It had been open since 2014, when the SLS debuted. A replacement for the restaurant has not yet been announced. Ku Noodle, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109, no phone.
 

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