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My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

Hi all. As you can probably tell from my name, I'm a Chef from Long Island, New York. I will be taking a vacation in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks and wanted to know what you all thought of my choices. Some of these restaurants i went to when I visited 6 months ago, but most not.

I will definitely be going to:
Seablue
Okada
Fiamma
B&B
BOA
Nobhill
L' Atelier
Craftsteak
David Burke
Prime
LOS(for Lunch, but not the buffet!!!!)
Bouchon(for brunch)

Also considering but need to know more about are:
Bradly Ogden
Picasso
Stripsteak
Koi

Any input is much appreciated, Thanks!!!

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  1. Your list is kind of heavy on steakhouses, is that on purpose?

    I have NEVER read anything positive about David Burke. Room looks cool but I haven't liked his food/style when I've had it in New York.

    I would probably substitute N9NE for BOA, but many folks here like BOA. It's just that I live in L.A. and BOA is probably ok but N9NE has a wonderful combination of hip vibe and good food. Stripsteak has that fun vibe too but after two visits I concluded that I prefer the food at N9NE.

    Don't miss gelato at Jean-Philippe Patisserie.

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    1. re: Debbie W

      Yeah, I don't get to go out for a good steak too often during my working months, so I have to make up for it when I'm off, lol.

      Interesting info about David Burke, looks like I'll have to change that one.

      I'll have to look into N9NE steakhouse instead of BOA and possibly change my reservation there too.

      Thanks for the tips!!!

      1. re: Debbie W

        Stay away from David Burke...the kitchen cannot deliver here. Picasso, Craftsteak, L"Atieler are all good choices.

      2. i really enjoyed the kobe tasting menu at craftsteak. It is a really good value for the money. not cheap, but good.

        Are you staying at the MGM?

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        1. re: septocaine_queen

          Unfortunately it's just myself dining at these places and some, like Craftsteak, won't do their tasting menus for one. I tried to get them to when I was there in July and they said they just couldn't. But I still had an amazing meal there which is why I'm going back.

          No, I'm not staying at MGM, but I didn't get to go to any of the restaurants there when I visited in July. Many of them do sound interesting so I figured I'd give them a try on this trip. I guess I'm kind of methodical in that way, lol.

        2. do you get some sort of chef discount ?? man...i hope you are bringing some serious coin for your list.....how about showing a little love for the "local " places ( besides LOS ) ....rosemary's, todd's unique, table 34, vitner's, firefly, dragonfly, some dim sum, etc ? even andre's, pamplemousse, the tillerman,,,,

          as to steak - you cannot go wrong with n9ne or stripsteak.

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          1. re: kjs

            Nah, no discount. I've just been saving like crazy over the last few months so I can have a trip like this.

            As for the "local" places, I'm considering going to Rosemary's but not sure which night and I'll definitely be going to quite a few of those others you list for lunch or late night snacks.

            Starting to sound like N9ne is one I won't be able to miss.

            1. re: LongIslandChef

              Rosemary's is wonderful. One of these trips we'll try Firefly or Dragonfly.

              Also, Mesa Grill has surprisingly good food, maybe consider that for a lunch. I actually think the food is better now than when it first opened.

            2. re: kjs

              Question for you kjs, or for that matter anyone else who may know, If I go to a place like Dragonfly or Firefly late night which is off the strip, how hard is it to find a cab to get back to the strip afterwards?
              Also, has anyone dared to try the Rossini burger at Burger Bar? Could it possibly be worth the $60?

              1. re: LongIslandChef

                not a problem - if one is not outside, they will call for you and it will be there in 5 minutes or less ( i assume you will not be there on new years ?!?! ) i have eaten at burger bar 4 times ...i love the place but i have not tried the rossini ...yet....i have this bad habit of ordered just about the same thing everytime - though i did try the kobe burger...i usually get blue cheese, bacon, grilled/carmelized onion and then i'll add maybe one more item..... fat tire ale and i'm a happy camper...

                since you are at mgm - you are less than a mile from in-n-out burger ...some consider it the top fast food burger on the west coast - the day after your L'Atelier meal, you may want to go for a nice walk and hit the place ( it's on trop just west of the 15 fwy...can't miss it ...a double double with grilled onion....tasty stuff ! )

                1. re: kjs

                  No, I won't be there on new years,I'll be getting there right after on the 2nd actually..

                  I just might have to try in-n-out, especially late night(how could you go wrong?) A lot of people seem to swear by it, and I love a good burger.

                  1. re: LongIslandChef

                    an interesting comparison - the $2.50 double double at in-n-out vs. the $10-$60 burger at burger bar ( or you can go to the high end burger places at the fashion mall ...strip burger or the burger place at paris ...the name escapes me...personally, i did not like the place ) ..let us know what you think...or to add a "middle burger" ...fat burger ( i know there is at least one on the strip...i can't remember where ) - it's been awhile but i think you can get a burger there for about $3.50...more
                    if you add the bacon, the fried egg, etc

                    enjoy !

                    1. re: kjs

                      I agree, that certainly would be an interesting comparison, and just because of that I'm going to have to do it. I can't promise that I'll order the Rossini burger, but knowing me, I probably will, lol. One week before I leave and I can't wait. Of course I'll give a full report when I get back. Any other recommendations, especially for lunch would cetrtainly be appreciated.

                      1. re: LongIslandChef

                        My father and I just didn't get the appeal of Burger Bar. The Burger was good, not great, the sweet potatoe fries were soggy, and the prices high. Go to In n Out and get a burger, vanilla shake, and ask to have your fries cooked crispy and you'll have a great late night snack.

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