NYer going to Vegas, looking for off the beaten path, or reasonably priced
I will be going with family to Vegas in March, and being the foodie I am, I must start planning now :) We are all from NY, so I am hoping to avoid restaurants like Nobu, Davidburke, CraftSteak, Penang, Boulud, etc, that are already in NY. I am looking for more suggestions that won't break the bank, but still very tasty and offering something that I might only be able to find in Vegas (besides the buffets). I am also open to Asian rec's, but I am Asian (as is my family), so authenticity is a must (no General Tso chicken type places please). I love Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese (and Japanese too!)
My other questions are, what meal is Bouchon best for?
and is Fiamma still good? the Fiamma in NYC just recently closed (due to the economy) so I might be interested in checking out the Vegas counterpart.
We are open to all suggestions, for example: I am definitely hitting up In-N-Out, it's been a few years since I've been to the west coast! And I am looking forward to stopping in to the Bellagio noodle shop. I think the last time I was there we went to Stratta at the Wynn, and thought that was quite good for the price. Even a good authentic dim sum rec (that is not the $50 pp at the Bellagio!) would be great! Thanks.
Here's some of my favs as a Vegas local - Todd's Unique - steak & seafood with Asian influence. Lotus of Siam - if you love Thai, you must go. Raku & Sen of Japan for Japanese. Rosemary's is a solid choice for lunch (mon-fri) or dinner. Only been to Bouchon for breakfast, but it's our fav breakfast place on the strip. Also MGM has winter dining promo going on now...http://www.mgmgrand.com/dining/winter...
I prefer Bouchon for dinner, but I'm not a big breakfast person.
Fiamma is very good! You can do better in the Italian dept. though.
I don't get In-N-Out. So many Chowhounds swear by the place though. It seems like middle of the road fast food to me. Burger Bar is in a whole other league for burgers. Give it a try if you can drag yourself away from In-N-out.
I have been to Bouchon for both breakfast and dinner, definitely prefer their breakfast a lot more.
Vietnamese: try Bosa 1, it's on Jones, between Desert Inn and spring mountain. Very very good spring rolls, also awesome rice dishes. My new favorite vietnamese restaurant.
Japansese: Raku, get a reservation, it's getting very popular and the place is tiny. mentioned by Alan Richman as one of his best meals of the year.
Thai: Archi's, two locations, very authentic and great prices.
Dim sum: Chang's
Chinese: my standby is Diamond China (where the mayor of LV went to for chinese can't be all that bad right?), but I heard Ping Pang Pong of Gold coast casino is also very good.
Enjoy your time and thanks for helping out our local economy.
I'm glad you mentioned Bosa 1: Just before Christmas I ate there (it had just opened at the time..)...and really enjoyed it. Some unique items on the menu, and very friendly service. I meant to post, but got caught up in the business of the season and never got around to it. Highly recommended.
For eating good on the cheap I like Ellis Island. Regular 24 hour you can get a 10oz steak with green beans and potato, soup or salad for $6.99. After 4:30 pm the BBQ opens. Half rack of ribs, half a chicken, potato, cole slaw. bbq beans, sourdough bread. Like $9. They also brew their own beer and root beer.