One night in Vegas, 4 kids (7-14) want great dinner before a show... from NYC. Where?
IN Vegas for only one lunch and dinner. 4 kids who are from NYC. Mom and dad love food, but not fancy food. Where should we eat with only 2 meals. Dinner will be early as seeing a 7pm show.
Pretty open could be italian or japanese? Anything great, fun a bonus. Nothing stuffy. Good desserts a plus.
Price range also open.
Vegas really has only one thing you can't find as good or better in NYC, and that's a buffet. Its been my (admittedly limited) experience that kids don't want to go to a buffet but they're happy once they get there if it is diverse enough and good enough, particularly if you tell em they can devour the dessert area.
If you want to go that route, Chowhound is overrun by buffet reviews or you can share where you're staying and where the show is and we can give specific recommendations on your route.
Lotus of Siam for the best Thai in the US..lunch or dinner
Delmonico's at the Venetian
Charlie Palmer at the Four Seasons/Mandalay for their Cut of the Week deal..3 course $48 pp with wine.
Milos for lunch 3 course $20.13
In and Out double doubles for lunch
I hesitate to mention a place I haven't tried, but since you mentioned Italian...have you ever wanted to go to Rao's in NYC, but despaired of getting a reservation? There's a large branch in Las Vegas; it opens for dinner at 5pm.
It would help to know what show you are seeing, since where the show is may have a bearing on where you should eat (that is, if you are seeing a 7 pm show at the Wynn, it may not be sensible to eat at Mandalay Bay). Rao's is a good option; solid food and center strip location. In the Cosmopolitan, DOCG is more casual Italian, and also pretty good.
Generally, I am not a fan of Japanese on the strip, because Vegas has such terrific Japanese food off the strip, at a much better price point.....