Tuesday, Sep. 02, 2008

3. Designer Dinner

I hope you're in town on an expense account. And I hope your T&E department is pretty lax. Because you can spend some serious cash on designer food in Vegas. If money is no concern, go to Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars for the best, most inventive, full-on ridiculous Parisian meal in America. If you're alone, eat at the bar-only Atelier de Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand, because if you show up unaccompanied to an expensive restaurant in Vegas, you'll definitely leave with new friends and a plan for the night. If you want steak and big red wine, there are lots of options: I like SW Steakhouse at the Wynn; get a table where you can see the weird, intermittent, performance-arty water show. If you're more interested in making hot friends, go to N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms, or for something more culinarily interesting, there's Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak at the MGM. If you're going out with a date, try San Francisco chef Michael Mina's Nobhill, also at the MGM, or Aureole at the Mandalay Bay (ask for a table in the back by the courtyard).

If you're nervous about running up the tab, hit Fiamma Trattoria & Bar at the MGM. It's one of the few Italian restaurants whose main courses are as good as the pastas, and one of the few restaurants in Vegas that isn't overpriced.

Before dinner, get a drink somewhere with a view: Try the Mix Lounge or the Foundation Room at the House of Blues, both in the Mandalay Bay; or in the Palms there's Moon and the Playboy Club. And when you fill out your expense report, add a few extra guests' names.