City Center - Looking for a Dinner Pick
Looking for a place at City Center with excellent food
Please avoid any place that is vastly overpriced (Las Vegas has a tendency to do that, ya know!?)
Sage is not vastly overpriced. It's not cheap but you can certainly keep the cost down - for example by having two appetizers instead of a main course - plenty of filling appetizers. If you want cheap and high quality you probably should go to Lotus of Siam off-strip or Milos in the Cosmopolitan (not too far away)
Milos lunch deal is quite a good value IMO for 2011 or 2012 whatever it is now
The shrimp app is great, they were out of the barrimundi but had another white fish which is quite good, the dessert i didnt care for but my wife liked it
The service is very slow, which i believe they do to encourage drink purchases - so the "deal" can add up fast if you are having drinks but other than that it is worth checking out for lunch
I think some of the misunderstanding is that you used the word "overpriced" rather than "expensive" in your initial post. You probably meant that advisedly, but you might have meant that you weren't looking for a place that didn't provide value, but you'd be willing to shell out mucho bucks for a place that merits the expenditure.
But I feel like I'm in Alice in Wonderland if we are really referring to Sage or Milos as "moderate." Compared to a few fine dining restaurants, I'd agree. The average price for a complete meal in Las Vegas in the latest Zagat's is $47.53. But Zagat Guides are heavily skewed toward upscale places. Many of the places that I visit frequently are not listed in the guide, presumably because they are not upscale enough, or are "ethnic," or are off the beaten path (I can't prove it, but I'd guess that a good percentage of respondents to the questionnaire are tourists). The average tourist, the average local, and I'd guess the average Chowhound, doesn't eat in places as expensive as Milos or Sage often, let alone Guy Savoy or Robuchon, very often.
It's true that Milos has a bargain lunch (much as Jean-Georges and Del Posto do in NYC), but a vegetable side at dinner at Milos costs almost as much as their very limited prix-fixe lunch. It is very easy to spend more than $100 for food alone at Milos or Sage.
The average tourist spends approximately $70 on food per day, and of course, locals much less.
I decided to eat at SAGE at Aria -- Excellent. Unique, delicious, and relatively reasonable for Vegas prices, anyway