If there’s one thing in Las Vegas that is a can’t-lose bet, it’s a terrific meal. Over the last decade, Sin City has become an epicenter for some of the world’s most-celebrated chefs and dining concepts, as well as first-class entertainment from headliners to variety shows and legendary productions from Cirque du Soleil.
While you could spend a month eating your way up and down the Strip and around the emerging Fremont Street Experience downtown, best to play your hand strategically with these newly opened hot spots:
Where: Park MGM
Los Angeles chef and food truck icon Roy Choi brings his unique mash-up style to the brand new Park MGM. Choi, born in South Korea and with deep roots in the City of Angels, offers a fresh interpretation of ingredients that he grew up with or discovered throughout his culinary career. Standouts include a selection of banchan (small dishes to start the meal), followed by Slippery Shrimp (crispy rock shrimp and walnuts in a spicy mayo) and tamarind black cod stew with a sour-spicy kick. Be sure to take a walk around the venue to appreciate Phung Huynh’s murals, which celebrate L.A.’s working-class immigrant communities and the intersection of Latinx and Asian cultures.
After Dinner: Don’t miss Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity at New York, New York. This adult-themed production embraces the sensual side of the legendary modern circus brand, with some of the sexiest performers on the Strip.
Where: Bellagio Las Vegas
Breakfast is served all day at this newly opened outpost of the New York classic, where you can find crusty bagels and traditional accompaniments like cured salmon, sturgeon, salmon and whitefish salad. Dine later in the day for a comforting bowl of matzo ball soup or a decadent platter of fried chicken with truffle honey and coleslaw. The new venue is just steps away from Bellagio’s famous conservatory and botanical gardens. The 14,000-foot “floral playground” changes seasonally, and now features an epic display celebrating the Chinese New Year (through Mar. 9).
Nearby: She’s won 5 Grammy Awards, 12 World Music Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards and countless other accolades, but nothing slows down pop diva Celine Dion. Her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace resumes Mar. 5 with dates scheduled through early June, where you can hear some of her greatest hits including “The Power of Love” and “My Heart Will Go On.”
Where: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Ghost Donkey’s beverages are not your average spring break margarita. Instead, here you’ll find tasting flights of carefully curated tequilas and mezcals (also made from the agave plant but with a distinct flavor profile), as well as inventive cocktails such as the Stone Wall (Espolon tequila, Montelobos mezcal, Pama pomegranate liqueur and habanero cider). Save room for the specialty nachos, where you can go luxe with black truffles and cheddar cheese sauce, or adventurous with chorizo and tripe stew.
Don’t Miss: From the creative team behind Absinthe comes Opium, a trippy, futuristic theatrical ride featuring an alien chanteuse (where else but Vegas, right?) and a house band for a sexy sci-fi adventure
Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar
Where: Park MGM
Las Vegas isn’t short on terrific steakhouses, but this Chicago import is a cut above the rest, with a swanky lounge, warmly lit dining room and a kiss of French flair. The decadence begins with a classic cocktail menu featuring martinis and Old Fashioneds (pick from a selection of more than 60 bourbons, whiskeys and scotches). But the real draw is the selection of USDA prime cuts. Go all out with the 42-day aged, bone-in ribeye served with béarnaise and a sprinkling of sea salt.
Across the Street: Head over to the other side of Las Vegas Boulevard to Planet Hollywood, where headliner Criss Angel MINDFREAK continues to wow audiences with his 21st-century illusions that integrate magic and state-of-the-art technology. Or plan your visit to catch Gwen Stefani – Just a Girl (select dates Feb. 27 – Nov. 2), featuring a kaleidoscope of sound and color. The Grammy winner is also donating a portion of proceeds to Cure 4 the Kids Foundation, a local nonprofit that helps children facing life-threatening illnesses.
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