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Aug 5, 2014 08:07 PM

Next trip coming soon, but first...

My next Vegas trip is only 7 weeks away and obviously I can't wait. Here are the restaurant reservations I have so far:

Lunch: None yet, but planning to go to CarneVino, maybe Delmonico, maybe LOS, maybe Bouchon (brunch only!!!). Still a lot to think about here.

Dinner: L'atelier(would love to do the tasting but will only have about an hour to eat), Yusho(omekase), B&B(Regional or Pasta tasting menu), Giada, Bazaar Meat (with the fellow chowhounds), REALLY want to go to Raku this time. Possibly Gordon Ramsay Steak. Any other ideas? Preferably looking for reservations later in the evening.

Here's the big question(at least the first one of what will probably be many)... Where can you get a great dinner on a Sunday night around 11-11:30pm? This was where I was looking at Firefly since Raku is closed Sundays and it was open so late.
I see that Jaleo is supposed to be open that late, but they don't seem to take 11:15 or 11:30 reservations.

Thanks, looking forward to everyone's ideas...

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  1. Yonaka ( I believe they go to "Happy Hour" again at 11 PM, which makes it even better. Unfortunately they do not post their "Specials" menu on-line; those specials really showcase the creativity of the kitchen.

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    1. re: QAW

      That looks/sounds really interesting and with the right mix of people there, could be a ton of fun.

    2. Here's another question...What would be a good place to eat at Caesars after a concert? Or should I just plan to go elsewhere?

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      1. re: LongIslandChef

        Which night? The concerts I have seen there in the past have always let out on the early side which should make available several options. I'm not a huge fan of the Caesars stock of restaurants (Guy Savoy notwithstanding but uber expensive) but there are some decent options. Never getting much love on this board but always solid Spago is an option (now that I think about it you should also consider for lunch. Good lunch special deals along with full menu.). I ate at Joes a million years ago and enjoyed it. Pedestrian if you ask me but solid. Mirage next door and Tom Colicchio's steak joint has been getting decent reviews (I have never been).

        As to your above late Sunday night dinner, throats a tough one. In June we had a 9:15/30 resy at Jaleo and scored the private room (we were 9 people and the space was perfect) and when we were leaving, close to 1130 if I remember correctly, it seemed sparsely occupied without the vibe it has earlier in evening. And I do remember that some of the stations were all closed and staff were cleaning. QAWs suggestion may be best.

        1. re: LVI

          Its a Tuesday night, but yes I figure it should end by 9 or 9:30 at the latest. I believe it starts at 7 or 7:30pm.

          1. re: LVI

            Keep in mind the dinner and lunch/café menu at Spago are quite different.

        2. It's a shame that you only have an hour to eat at L'Atelier- we didn't do the tasting and were still a couple hours. One hour seems awfully rushed, especially when it's not an inexpensive place.

          Do NOT miss Raku, have gone every visit since my first dinner there.

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          1. re: BubblyOne

            One hour is certainly not ideal, but I'm a pretty quick eater anyway, so it shouldn't be too bad. Probably won't do the tasting menu, just pick about four dishes I'm interested in and go with that. A couple choices probably will be from the tasting menu though.

            1. re: LongIslandChef

              Have you eaten there before?

              I have found it to be very mechanical, if you will. And by that I mean it almost feels like it is cooking by numbers. All the "chefs" have their stations and duties and just prep and move on. To be fair I have not been back in 3 years but then3 times I went I have been very underwhelmed. Not bad...not great.

              1. re: LVI

                Haven't been there since, I think, 2008. Thats one reason I really want to go back. I enjoyed my dinners there and have wondered if its held up six or seven years later.
                For some reason 7pm was the earliest I could find a res, but I did write in the reservation that I would appreciate if they could get me in a little early. Even 6:45 would be a big help.
                Still might end up canceling and going elsewhere. I'll be figuring out a lot more tomorrow since I'm off and have the thinking time.

          2. Consider Herbs and Rye for that late Sunday meal - it'll require a cab, but it is quite good and the cocktail menu is enormous. Griddle Café will be new at SLS by then and open 24/7.

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            1. re: uhockey

              I'll have to look into Herbs and Rye. No problem about the cab, I take them everywhere anyway.

            2. Chada Thai is open until 3am nighty so that might be a good option for Sunday night. Raku followed by Sweets Raku are essential. Yonaka as someone mentioned before, is worthy of a visit, reminds me of Uchiko in Austin.

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              1. re: vegasjlt

                I had completely forgotten about Chada Thai, thats another interesting option. Would love to try it, especially after my wonderful experience at LOS with QAW on my last trip. That was my first time trying really top notch thai, would like to see if they can match up.

                1. re: LongIslandChef

                  Completely agree on Chada, and also made the comparison in my review of Yonaka to Uchi/Uchiko. It is a favorable one, and the desserts at Yonaka are better. :)

                  1. re: uhockey

                    The longer this thread is going on, The late night options seem to be getting better and better. Now the choices between Yonaka, Herbs & Rye, Chada Thai and Raku. Although, since I do enjoy eating late, I suppose I could get to all of them.

                    1. re: LongIslandChef

                      The wine and beer list at Chada is impressive, too.

                      1. re: Dave Feldman

                        Was just looking at the beer menu posted on-line and it definitely makes me happy. I'm not big on wine, only once in a while, but good beer? Now you're talking!!!

                        1. re: LongIslandChef

                          There is something about a Hitachino White Ale, paired with some of the spicier dishes on the Chada menu, that is just about the epitome of what late-night dining should be.

                          1. re: QAW

                            You have no idea how happy I am reading that post right now. Like you said in a much more succinct way, it doesn't seem possible to get much better than that.

                            1. re: LongIslandChef

                              This could actually be one of the keys to your decision - what is the food/drink ratio in mind? Because of Bank's background much of the menu is deftly crafted towards pairing with alcohol, and it is sometimes tempting to call Chada an "Iza-Thai-ya". Even the dishes that also appear on other Thai menus are going to have that little extra nuance or spice that come to life even more when paired with the proper libation (a contrast with a place like Yonaka, where the subtle flavors are more food-first in terms of pairing).

                              How about a roundtable question for the illustrious Mr. Feldman - if one were to state that Bank may genuinely know as much about pairing Thai cuisine with alcohol as any person on the planet, would that be a pretty fair assessment (and not hyperbole)?

                              1. re: QAW

                                Wow, I'm getting excited to try Chada. I might have to order a bunch of different dishes to really put their pairings to the test.

                                1. re: LongIslandChef

                                  Before they had the liquor license I went to Chada with 3 different beers (Alpine Nelson, Cantillon St. Lamvinus and a Hill Farmstead Saison that I cant recall). Gave him tastes of each and he was able to knock it out of the park recommending dishes to pair with each of them.

                                  Unfortunately I had some personal problems and did not get to do a write up to recall exactly what we had.

                                  1. re: LongIslandChef

                                    honestly after you have eaten LoS, Chada seems inferior IMO. Been there around 5 times each time it has gotten worse tbh.

                                  2. re: QAW

                                    Could be, QAW, could be. If he has any rival among people I've met, it is Bill Chutima of Lotus of Siam. He was Bank's early mentor and back when Bill was working the floor at every service, he made great choices for me.

                                    The vast majority of the best Thai restaurants I've tried in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago are either BYOB or have only a token wine list.