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Las Vegas Weekend Guide for Angelenos, Spring 2016

Your quick hit guide to everything Sin City, all in one weekly article

Park MGM rendering
Park MGM rendering
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Going to Vegas this weekend? Planning a trip in the near future? Eater is here for you, with a quick, handy guide to the best in Sin City, from restaurants and bars to nightlife. This article will be updated every week with the newest restaurant openings, as well as one weekly recommendation on where to dine.

The essentials

  • Eater Vegas 38 — the 38 most essential restaurants in Vegas updated quarterly
  • Eater Vegas Heatmap — the hottest dining destinations updated monthly
  • Vegas 101 — a comprehensive (and recently updated) guide to dining and drinking in Vegas

This week's news roundup

—Massive news coming out of Sin City this week. The Monte Carlo will convert into Park MGM and New York's NoMad, which will also be headed to Los Angeles. Not big enough news? Even Mario Batali's Eataly is jumping in to the mix. Get more details here.

—There have been a fair share of shutters recently in Las Vegas. Check the list here to make sure your favorite restaurant isn't on deathwatch.

—Headed to Downtown Vegas' Fremont East? Here's where you should be eating.

—San Francisco export Oh La La French Bistro will open in Summerlin in the old Zaba's Mexican Grill. The brainchild of the co-owners of L'Osteria Del Forno in San Francisco's North Beach, the restaurant will offer Northern Italian and French fare.

Restaurant pick of the week: Burger Lounge

[Photo: Amelinda B Lee]

The newest Las Vegas burger restaurant carries a familiar name to Southern Californians. Burger Lounge debuted at Aria last month, taking over 1,325 square feet next to the poker room at the resort. This first expansion outside of California brings 100 percent, single-source and never frozen grass-fed beef as well as organic cheese and a bun made with organic wheat and white flour. Even vegetarians can find something to like here, whether it's a salad or the organic quinoa veggie burger. The tiny space even caters to late-night cravings with hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Aria, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S. —Susan Stapleton

May 27, 2016

—Taco Bell's urban concept Taco Bell Cantina will be headed to a high-profile location on the strip. Taking over the old Bonanno's New York Restaurant and Bar on Harmon and Las Vegas Boulevard, the future flagship location of the concept will feature booze and a "new tapas-style menu of shareable appetizers."

—Didn't see enough of Beauty & Essex last week? Here are all the beautiful pictures of the interior.

—Want to know where all the stars dined after the Billboard Music Awards last weekend? Here is an extended list to get your tabloid fix.

—Flying in to McCarran on your Sin City getaway? Here's everywhere you could possibly eat.

Restaurant pick of the week: Topgolf

[Photo: Amelinda B Lee]

Behold the world's largest Topgolf, now open on eight acres behind the MGM Grand. The 105,000-square-foot golfing mecca features 108 climate-controlled hitting bays as well as two pools with swim-up bars, concert space and a menu riddled with comfort foods and nifty cocktails. Guests can play interactive golf games in the hitting bays with space for up to six players who can sit in lounge-style seating, take a turn at cornhole and shuffleboard or place a bet at the mobile Sports Book located in The Yard, the main hub of Topgolf. The Yard also serves as home to Topgolf's main entertainment venue showcasing both national acts and local. The Birdie Bar provides a more intimate live entertainment experience with a small stage perfect for acoustic performances, standup comedy and more. 4627 Koval Lane —Susan Stapleton

Bar pick of the week: Delmonico Steakhouse

Delmonico Steakhouse Interior

Walking past the rather nondescript storefront (if that's what you can call it) of Emeril's Delmonico Steakhouse inside The Venetian is easy. The place honestly doesn't look like much, like a vanilla hotel lounge somewhere in the Midwest. But that's fine because that low-key vibe is perfect for the elegant, and wonderfully prepared cocktails up front. Though the massive main dining room hides in the back, a pianist will play jazz standards while well-dressed bartenders assemble some of the better cocktails on the Strip (yes, great cocktails are still a bit of a rarity on the Strip itself, though that tide is certainly changing).

Lead mixologist Juyoung Kang also curates what might be the most impressive whiskey collection in Vegas, with over 700 mostly obscure and rare finds that any brown liquor aficionado can appreciate. And when it's time to munch on something, it's hard to do better than a pitch perfect pork chop slathered with herb jus. The Venetian, 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 —MK

May 20, 2016

—New York's Beauty & Essex has finally opened its doors in the Cosmopolitan. Expect a glamorous, jewel-toned interior and some of the most popular dishes from the flagship restaurant like the French onion soup dumplings. Also on offer are exclusive Vegas dishes like roasted bone marrow and oven-braised chicken meatballs.

—Gone are the days of free self-parking in Las Vegas. Starting in June, MGM Resorts (which include Bellagio, Aria, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, and more) will charge for both self-parking and valet. Bummer.

—Have a serious sweet tooth? Love honey-soaked, ice cream-topped Asian bread? Here's eight places to find honey toast in Sin City.

—California's own Burger Lounge is setting up shop in Aria. Check out the sleek new space here.

Restaurant pick of the week: Beauty & Essex

[Photo: Bradley Martin]

Get a dose of Beauty & Essex before it opens in Los Angeles. The restaurant from Chopped judge Chris Santos and Tao Group at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas features a "gritty" pawn shop that guests must pass through before entering the Pearl Lounge with its custom chandelier and Mirror Bar with its deejay booth. They lead to a hallway filled with framed vintage lockets that lands in the main dining room.

Santos brings his New York dishes such as tuna poke wonton tacos, Thai-style crispy shrimp and tomato tartare as well as new dishes that are all meant to share. Try the French onion soup dumplings, pastas, prime dry-aged meats, burgers and desserts. Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S. — Susan Stapleton

May 13, 2016

—Chicago-style pizza specialist Giordano's will be opening up in Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops this fall. That means you can get the restaurant's signature flaky, double-crusted deep dish pizza to soak up a night of revelry.

—If you're headed to Sin City this weekend, you're probably looking for a few watering holes to overly enjoy. Eater Vegas has your back with this comprehensive list of places to drink while you're in town.

—Guy Savoy's fare has always been associated with a pretty hefty $$$$ price tag. Well now, the famed French chef's second eatery, Brioche by Guy Savoy, has opened in the former Payard space in Caesars Palace. Think plenty of sweet and savory versions of the buttery bread, plus sandwiches and coffee at prices that won't necessarily break the bank.

—LA's very own Eggslut finally has an opening date in the Cosmopolitan in the former Va Benne space. Beginning June 10, hungry tourists and locals alike can dive into co-founder Alvin Cailan's signature egg sandwiches Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Restaurant pick of the week: Beerhaus

[Photo: Amelinda B Lee]

Vegas promises to be at the height of gorgeous weather this weekend, and that means beer should be on your agenda. The new Beerhaus at The Park offers the beer hall filled with local craft brews, dining options, and interactive games and specials.  

For starters, fuel up on an IPA-infused cheddar brat, a slow-roast pulled beef sandwich or a warm pretzel and beer cheese dip made with one of the rotating selection of local and regional craft brews. Save room for a red velvet whoopie pie stuffed with cream cheese filling. Then head to the taps to order Vegas beers from Joseph James, Big Dog's, Crafthaus and Hop Nuts. Finish up your visit with bar hall staples including foosball, shuffle board, ping pong and corn hole.

Pro tip: Head to Beerhaus daily from 2 to 6 p.m. for the Haus Party, with $4 featured brews and deals on select sandwiches, sausages and snacks. Head back from 10 p.m. to close for $4 snacks. The Park, 3782 Las Vegas Blvd. S., —Susan Stapleton

May 6, 2016

—It's been a bumpy road for Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino, which has struggled to secure the last bit (well actually $55 million) of funding to develop the massive space. Well the money is in, and locals and tourists alike should be able to enjoy its "Authentic Asian lifestyle experience" in late 2016.

—Need a place to brunch to soak up a night of over-indulgence? Eater Vegas has 70 options for you to choose from.

—In a move we can all support, the Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa is ditching its casino in favor of a new all-day eatery.

—The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, and Sin City is offering plenty of places to watch those enthralling two minutes. Check them out here.

—Intrigue, the new restaurant in the Wynn in the old Tryst location, had its big opening debut, with plenty of celebs in attendance. Check out all the fuss here.

Restaurant pick of the week: Sake Rok

[Photo: Amelinda B Lee]

Consider Sake Rok your party and sushi wrapped into one location. The new two-story restaurant at The Park between Monte Carlo and New York-New York brings theatrics with a meal. At night guests are pulled into an experience that is part culinary and part performance with nightly deejays, "sporadic theatrical vignettes" and "dynamic digital content." An entertainer leads the frenzy that includes lip sync contests, sake bombs and dancing, all wrapped in a restaurant with a mix of modern industrial elements with bold pops of color.

Oh, and there's sushi and Japanese fare such as Rok chicken with a crispy bok choy, a pan seared scallops dish served with seasonal root vegetables and dry-aged New York strip with broccoli, shiitake mushroom and a wasabi demi-glace. The theatrical restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and a features a late-night bar and lounge. 6 Park Ave, Las Vegas —Susan Stapleton

April 29, 2016

— Craving burgers? Here's a quick roundup on some of the city's most iconic ones, including The Frenchie at DB Brasserie and the Gold Standard at Holstein's inside the Cosmopolitan.

— There's a brand new club inside the Wynn called Intrigue at the former Tryst space. It opens tonight, for any party people out there.

— Want to dine somewhere old school? There's a classic restaurant somewhere here for you. Emeril's Fish House in particular looks like a straight throwback (in a good way) to the 90s. Bam!

— If you love golf and feel like hitting some golfballs while you're in Vegas, check out the new Topgolf.

— Also hot off the presses, a roundup of Vegas's best taco spots, including the popular San Diego transplant Tacos El Gordo.

Restaurant pick of the week: Carbone

Carbone

Carbone

If you haven't made it over to the celebrity hotspot known as Carbone in New York City, well, this expansive Vegas outlet tucked away toward the back of Aria resort is pretty spectacular, especially if you're a fan of tableside dining. Nearly everyone gets the tableside caesar salad, though the bananas fosters makes for an ideal dessert. The ambiance is straight out of a 1970s Scorsese film.

As for the savory items, opt for the house-made pastas and a few of the grilled entrees, though be sure not to over order. For some reason everything is much heavier than you might think, so you'll feel too full to enjoy those bananas foster for dessert. Oh, and if there's one place where you'll feel in place wearing a nice jacket or dress in Vegas, it's Carbone. Aria Resort, 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd —MK

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