Hey all, I will be working in Vegas for a week and will have a fair amount of free time. Its been some years since I have been there and I have never been to Vegas by myself, its always been drinking/gambling/clubbing with large group of friends, bachelor party, etc...
I will be staying at the MGM, I wont have a car but happy to take cabs and happy to spend my food per diem. I was wondering if anyone would through out some places where they go maybe off the strip or places on the strip that I have to try. Would love to get restaurant ideas. Also would love ideas about activities and friendly places/bars that would make a guy traveling by him self feel welcome.
Any thing you put out there is appreciated, I am looking to get a fresh perspective on this ever changing place.
I have lived all over the world New York, Paris, London, San Francisco, Hong Kong and I have lived here for years and eat all my meals out. I have tried every restaurant in the Las Vegas area at least once (If it's disappointing, I go there twice: The first time and the last time!")
First, three bargains:
Charlie Palmer Steak BarCharlie Palmer's Steakhouse in the 4 Seasons hotel has a special menu called "cut of the week". It is $58 for 3 courses including unlimited wine with each course. Food and service are excellent. Monday nights there is a jazz groujp. As a single you should eat at the bar.
Estiatorio Milos is a Greek fish restaurant with fabulous food and a bargain 3 curse lunch. $22 for 3 courses.
Joe's Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab has a special lunch menu with either steak or stone crabs as a main course. Great salad and best hash brown potatoes in town.
For steal" Gordon Ramsay Steak in the Paaris. Have the ribcap or the beef wellington and make sure to get a baked potato.
Best burger in town is Gordon Ramsay BurGR in Planet Hollywood. In my opinion, the rest are over rated.
Best reasonable french: db Brasserie. Good happy hour and from 5 - 6oysters are $1 each.
Fancy french: ($500 per person and up): Avoid Joel Robuchon. Not worth the money. Twist (inside Mandarin Oriental) is probably the best and cheapest choice ($300 per)
Best sushi: Sen of Japan
Good for breakfast or lunch: Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris. Bread is exceptional, and I always get the mussels in white wine sauce. As good as Paris. Get an outside patio seat when yu reserve. Great view of the strip and the Belagio Fountains across street.
Interesting Japanese: Yusho
Thai: Lotus of Siam is highly rated and I would go there if someone else wants to, but it is not high on my list
Have not found exceptional Chinese. But then I lived in Hong Kong.
Bardot Brasserie is good for Sunday brunch and otherwise not bad, but I find over rated.
The Country Club Buffet in the Wynn Hotel Las Vegas has a nice jazz brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Need to reserve.
Best normal (for Las Vegas) "all you can eat" buffet is the Wicked Spoon
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