Las vegas restaurants

New Las Vegas restaurants from Roy Choi, Bobby Flay, more – The Hollywood Reporter


The Las Vegas food war continues to escalate with new arrivals from Los Angeles, New York and much further east.

When Roy Choi opens Best Friend – his first restaurant outside LA – at Park MGM on December 28 (he unofficially bowed nine days earlier), it will be “a remixed and remastered collection of the evolution of our Los Angeles – its food, its music, its culture, ”explains the chef behind the Kogi and A-Frame trucks. “It’s Koreatown in a capsule.” The place will be run by a “liquor store” serving alcoholic slushies and a handful of guests each evening will be entitled to a real chef’s table in the kitchen.

“I hope it’s fun, first and foremost. I want it to make everyone smile as they walk, ”says Choi. “The liquor store is going to be busy and busy. There will be eye candy everywhere, great music, great bar snacks, Kogi tacos, hot dogs and dripping slushies. We have this 32 oz. Big Gulp mug with handle and red top – flavors will be Strawberry Mango or Lemon Lime.

Adjacent to Best Friend, LA nightlife maestros Jonnie and Mark Houston (Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, Black Rabbit Rose and the carnival-themed, politics-tinged Madame Siam Sideshow Emporium) are also set to make their first impact in outside LA: On the Record (enter through a real record store) opens December 28, with Shepard Fairey as its first collaborating artist.

Vegas’s 40,000-square-foot Eataly is also set to open at Park MGM on December 27, with the food empire’s very first 12-seat Aperol Spritz and Negroni bar, L’Aperitivo Bar, at its entrance. There will also be sit-down restaurants bursting with pasta and pizza, as well as quick and casual counters with Italian street food, a hand-pulled mozzarella bar, and coffee, ice cream, and cannoli stations. (Park MGM, formerly Monte Carlo, and its NoMad Las Vegas hotel-in-hotel is a partnership between MGM Resorts and the Sydell Group boutique hotel group.)


Also new this fall, the first Cipriani in the western United States, a favorite of Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod, Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio, opened at Wynn Plaza, a luxury, shopping enclave. , wellness and dining facing the Wynn and Encore resorts. The upstairs neighbor of the spot is Urth Caffé, a longtime LA favorite, who brings Spanish lattes to the desert.

At the Palazzo, Asian restaurant Mott 32 will make its US debut on December 24, joining establishments in Vancouver and Hong Kong. The space will be a convergence of New York industrialism, classic Chinese design and flashes of Vegas eccentricity with neon signs and a dining table crafted from a vintage roulette wheel. The food presents Hong Kong delicacies in a cosmopolitan and modern way – signatures include a crispy three-cook Wagyu prime rib, BBQ Pluma Iberico pork with Yellow Mountain honey, and Australian lobster har Gow. from South.

Electra Cocktail Club recently joined Dorsey and Rosina to complete the trio of Venetian / Palazzo cocktail bars (all with drink menus from Sam Ross of Attaboy in New York). Electra focuses on rums, agricultural produce, and mezcals and features a 40-foot digital screen – the highest resolution in Las Vegas – with original artwork comprised of 70 million pixels and over ‘a billion colors.

Right off the Strip, Palms Casino is enjoying a resurgence thanks to a $ 690 million overhaul and what is now arguably the best art collection in Vegas with names like Murakami and Warhol. On November 19, Philadelphia celebrity chef Marc Vetri, who cooked at Jimmy Kimmel’s 2018 Oscar party, made his debut with Vetri Cucina on the 56th floor.

And on December 13, prolific TV chef Michael Symon cuts the ribbon for his first Vegas spot, Mabel’s BBQ, a spin-off of the Cleveland original. The James Beard Prize and Iron chief The winner packs the location with fun thanks to a back patio with games, a personalized food truck and a first of its kind “Meat-easy” called Sara’s. Also making their Palms debut in early 2019: Tim Ho Wan, a Hong Kong-born Michelin-starred restaurant that recently opened its second New York location, and seafood with a Latin twist at Bobby Flay’s Shark.

A version of this story first appeared in the November 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, Click here to subscribe.