Thursday Night Dinner
Group of about 10 guys looking a good, fun dinner without breaking the bank.
Friday and Saturday we have expensive dinners planned so if possible we'd like something reasonably priced for Thursday.
I am assuming you are staying on or near the strip. A couple of options: if you haven't palmed to go downtown, that could be your opportunity. Good craft cocktails and beer list at the Velveteen Rabbit, and then do dinner at Le Thai (make a reservation ). Then you can check out the container park and some of the other bar options.
Another option would be culinary dropout at the Hard Rock. Upscale bar food at pretty reasonable prices, with a nice outdoors, and a pretty fun atmosphere (live music as well). Well set up for larger parties.
No car. If a group of 10 guys can eat for $40 person including tax & tip without drinks that is reasonable.
Good food, good atmosphere, centrally located. We will be staying @ the palazzo, but will be @ the Wynn later that night.
We are eating Italian Saturday & Spanish Friday.
Hope that helps.
Here's a thought. Postrio in the Canal Shoppes has a diverse menu that can satisfy a large group, and meet your price point. I have not been there since Mark Andelbradt became head chef a couple of months ago, but he brings quite a resume and reputation (has worked for Boulud and Morimoto). What can really make it something for the short list is that near the bar there is a high top "communal" table, which can easily seat your party (they do take reservations for it). Because that is open to St. Mark's Square, not only does it create a vibe (and offer some eye candy, if that matters), but also allows you to get a little loud yourself.
Since you are at the Palazzo and have no car, why not try the Grand Lux right there in the Palazzo. It has good food for reasonable prices. They have everything from burgers to steaks, with Italian, Chinese, and other cafe food thrown in. If that is not to your liking, you can try Noodle Asia for Chinese noodles and rice dishes. Both are casual dining.
They have Grimaldi's if you want pizza (pizza is ok). Canonita is ok for Mexican with a view of the canal on the upper level of the Venetian.
Across the street at the Mirage, you have California Pizza kitchen and Carnegie Deli, and the buffet.
I think you can do all of them for under 40 bucks a head without alcohol.
Lotus of Siam
Charlie Palmers 'deal of the week' at Mandalay Bay for around $50pp with wine and 3 course meal.
Todd English PUB for happy hour
La Cave @Wynn
+1 for all the Jaleo recs even though we experienced some lapses recently. Atmosphere in Cosmo for 10 guys is perfect.