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1 more dinner, recommendations?

First timers, spending 3 nights in Vegas next week. We have reservations at é by José Andrés, Lotus of Siam, and are looking for 1 more solid choice. We have a reservation at Sage, but not 100% sold on it yet. We considered Carnevino, or another steakhouse, but the highly mixed reviews made it hard to choose one. We have a car, and budget isn't really an issue, but trying to keep it fairly reasonable. Recommendations are welcome. Also, lunch spots are welcome as well! (we're thinking Mon Ami Gabi, brunch at Bouchon, or some cheap stuff like In & Out and Cipriottis) Thanks!

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  1. Working backwards.....let me suggest the food court at NY/NY Hotel & Casino for lunch. Unless you have a massive hangover, lunch at Capriotti's or In & Out is really not worth the $$$....At NY/NY, you have an excellent deli with pretty good pastrami on rye, a solid Tex-Mex with outstanding salsa and chips, decent fried fish & chips, and solid angus burgers...the only part of the food court that I would skip is the pizza (not good)...My first choice would be a restaurant lunch, like Mon Ami Gabi; but if you are leaning towards something like In & Out, then I would do the food court before fastfood takeout.
    I am not as big a fan of Andres' place as some are....if you are looking for "reasonable," I think that there are better quality/value combinations that can be found. As for a steakhouse, I would choose Prime always; and put SW at the Wynn in 2nd place. Off the Strip, Del Frisco is always a good choice.

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    1. re: VegasGourmet

      Prime and SW are definitely a few of my considerations, but It seems as though there's not a consensus on THE steakhouse to go to, which makes it really difficult to choose. We're staying in the Palazzo, and I hear Carnevino has the best steak in Vegas, which would be very convenient, but most reviews say everything else about Carnevino is meh. Sage sounded like a fun and pretty solid dining experience. The Signature Tasting Menu ($89) was probably the way we'd go, with the Wagyu supplement, and probably the Foie Gras Brulee as well. But I'm still undecided!

      1. Thanks for the suggestions guys! I'm def interested in In & Out, at least for the novelty, because I've never had it before. Capriotti's I don't feel strongly about, and would easily pass on. I appreciate all of the other choices, I'll look into them!

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        1. re: timEats7

          There's no novelty to In-N-Out. It's a consistently good and cheap fast food burger chain with a only a handful of items on the menu. It has it's detractors and many who say they just don't "get it." They'll cite more upscale burger places and East Coast joints like Five Guys or Shake Shake. (I predict this post will elicit some of those responses...)

          It's worth a try so you can form your own opinion. A good order for a first-timer would be a Double-Double Animal-Style with an order of fries and your choice of soft drink or shake. This is the type of meal where iced tea, lemonade, or water just don't cut it. Many people complain about the fries being sub-par. To that, I suggest getting an order of fries well-done and comparing it with a regular order, and dipping them in Spread (just ask for it) and not regular ketchup.

          Like many visitors, chances are you won't be blown away and be left wondering what exactly is so special about In-N-Out. If that's turns out to be the case, it's okay--the millions of us who swear by it will keep them in business.

          1. re: Ponder99

            Thank you! I guess novelty was the wrong word, and I really meant "to see what it's all about". Thanks for the ordering tips

          1. For a cheap lunch go to Ellis Island Casino for their off the menu steak special. Ellis Island micro brews their own beer and root beer. The steak special includes a twenty ounce beer or root beer, soup or salad, ten ounce top sirloin, green beans and potato or rice for $8.99. Each person ordering the steak special will need to sign up for the players club card and swipe the card at a kiosk for a voucher for the steak special. You'll get a minimum of $10 free play for signing up for the slot club.

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            1. re: Eric

              Thanks Eric! Will definitely consider that!

            2. I'll be there this month too.

              I would add LA Cave at the Wynn..

              Delmonicos at the Venetian...Charlie Palmers Cut off the week at Mandalay..
              Drinks at Chandelier Bar at the Cosmo..

              Breakfast/Brunch at Bouchon or Peppermill.
              Burger Bar or Todd's PUB for happy hour.
              Lotus of Siam for lunch off the menu...sublime

              In and Out is a great fast food option and a double double with grilled onions and extra spread..fries blow but well done is better..iced tea is fresh brewed..
              Tacos el Gordo is excellent taco shop.

              Make sure you get a slice from the secret pizza on third level of Cosmo for late night munchies..

              Win big and party like a rock star..

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              1. re: Beach Chick

                Awesome, thanks very much! Hope you have a great time too

              2. For the final 'solid' choice Carnevino is pricey, but very much excellent. Obviously Raku would be another contender.

                In terms of affordable lunches strongly consider Fat Choy or Novecento if you want excellent pizza. Bouchon, of course, is excellent.


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                1. re: uhockey

                  I'm going to pass on Raku this time, just had some fantastic Japanese food in NYC, and would rather save that for a future trip. As for Carnevino... Would you choose it over Sage? Sage sounds like a favorite on this board, while Carnevino only seems to be praised for it's dry-aged steaks, and everything else falls short..

                2. any last minute thoughts? carnevino vs. sage?!

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                  1. re: timEats7

                    My thoughts on Carnevino, with pictures: http://endoedibles.com/?p=13174


                    Having visited Carnevino once prior with old friends at lunch I was admittedly excited to return when the same group I’d dined with at Gordon Ramsay Steak the night prior invited me to join in on a meal that expected to trump the prior visit considerably. A large space with soaring ceilings, heavy woods, and smooth marble befitting both a Vegas Steakhouse and the Italian Chef/Restaurateur backing the venture it was at the bar that our evening began while a large table was cleared in the larger back room and with excellent cocktails and a superlative wine list it would not be long before we were seated, drinks in hand – the subsequent two and a half hours awash in food, cocktails, wine, stories, and laughs with servers who kept pace amicably. Beginning with appetizers and progressing through perfectly pastas, lightly prepared proteins, interesting sides, and thankfully dainty desserts with a main course of nearly 8lbs of aged super-prime beef from Adam Lang plus supple duck and a hefty piece of foie gras poached in Barolo it would be difficult to imagine any “steakhouse” putting on a better performance than what we experienced that evening and although such a meal invariably comes with a substantial tab, particularly on the Vegas Strip, this was a night of excess worthy of the expense and without a doubt a night to remember.

                    1. re: uhockey

                      thanks! maybe i'll switch lotus of siam to a lunch, and hit up sage, e, and carnevino! looks great