Las Vegas, the Sin City, is known for bright lights, lady luck, and endless nights. Amid the famous casinos, luxurious hotels, and neon signs however, are plenty of great restaurants to satisfy everyone’s palette.
Andrew Rivkin has a few reliable restaurants the he frequents upon his visits, while at the same always looking for new joints to check out. While most hotels have five star restaurants and offer fine dining, it’s good to get out on the town and check out some different places.
If it is Italian cuisine you’re after, be sure to check out
Il Mulino New York, located on the main strip. Situated atop Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops, Il Mulino offers excellent northern Italian dishes, fine wine, and excellent service. The New York in its name refers to the main location in the Big Apple on Third-Avenue, with this site in Vegas an outpost. For more than 20 years, chefs/founders Fernando and Gino Masci have delighted guests and gourmands from around the world with the vibrant flavors of Italian cuisine and an absolute devotion to exemplary service. The fares may be a bit high, but the atmosphere, service, and appearances more than compensate. Also, don’t forget to try one of the desserts, among the best that the city has to offer.
One of Andrew’s favourite places to visit happens to be a Japanese restaurant, also located conveniently on the strip. Shibuya takes diners to the stylish streets of its namesake Japanese neighborhood with traditional culinary offerings and a colorful contemporary décor. Yabu Pahelberg’s dramatic design offers distinctive dining environments to match the diversity of Shibuya’s cuisine. An expansive marble sushi bar and playful virtual aquarium set the stage for Master Sushi Chef Yoshinori Nakazawa’s creative rolls and sashimi dishes, while dynamic teppanyaki seating create intimate environments for enjoying the culinary performance of teppan griddle cooking. The main “Bento Box” dining room’s kelp-like pillars create private niches for savoring Executive Chef Stephane Chevet’s modern Japanese cuisine while sampling from Shibuya’s celebrated sake collection. Rivkin loves bringing his friends to Shibuya, whether they are long-time lovers of Japanese cuisiner, or they are taking their first step and trying something new.
For those looking for a great steak, look no further than Craftsteak, another great restaurant situated on the Las Vegas strip. Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio has brought his distinctive vision of the
American steakhouse to Las Vegas with an ingredient-driven menu featuring the highest quality meats and produce. Chef Colicchio’s standard of excellence is evident in all aspects of the restaurant: its extensive selection of Kobe and Wagyu beef, its 200 bottle collection of premium scotches and whiskies, and its diverse variety of seasonal sides and entrees. On more than one occasion Andrew has taken his winnings to an evening of great cuisine and fine dining.
Vegas is about the casinos, hotels, and entertainment, but it’s important to remember some of the best restaurants around are located on the strip. Take the time to plan a nice dinner, as that will go a long way in making your evening that much more enjoyable. For Andrew Rivkin and his friends, no night is complete without a good meal.