Meet and Eat at Palms
The Palms has a new look these days. Now under the ownership of Station Casinos, the resort recently completed a $690 million renovation that not only includes revamped rooms, a sleek new lobby and the addition of Kaos Dayclub and Nightclub, but also a full top-to-bottom reboot of its dining scene.
“I love the idea of being part of the Palms. It almost feels like a boutique hotel in the middle of Las Vegas,” says Bobby Flay, who just opened Shark at the resort. “It’s also great having two of my closest friends, Michael Symon and Marc Vetri, in the same building.”
Between fine dining and casual bites, the Palms’ new culinary lineup offers something for everyone in Las Vegas. Come hungry. There’s plenty of food to go around.
Scotch 80 Prime
Named after a historic Las Vegas neighborhood, Scotch 80 Prime is a fresh reinvention of the classic steakhouse. The Scotch collection—valued at $3 million—is nearly as impressive as the art collection, featuring works by the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. However, the carefully sourced steaks are the main reason to visit, whether it’s the earthy tones of a dry-aged angus Porterhouse or tender marbling of Japanese A5 Kobe beef. The dining room is modern with dark masculine touches, but captures a timeless energy, especially during interactive table presentations like a mesquite-fired seafood tower and a liquid nitrogen spin on a bananas Foster dessert.
Bobby Flay’s latest concept brings global flavors together. Many of the dishes pack a spicy kick, but the heat is never overwhelming, allowing the natural taste of the main ingredients to remain front and center with every bite. “I really don’t think there is anything like Shark in Las Vegas,” says Flay. “Though you will find a lot of restaurants serving fish and sushi like we do, our approach is different. The flavors come from places like South America, Mexico, Spain and the Mediterranean.”
Keep things simple with fresh cuts of sashimi or go big with a full lobster boiled in the kitchen and finished on the dining room grill. Yet the biggest hit could be the tacos—topped with seafood, tenderloin, chorizo or vegetables—with photogenic pink corn tortillas prepared to order.
Greene St. Kitchen
Proving fine dining can have a playful touch, Greene St. Kitchen is a contemporary space decorated with vintage arcade games, street graffiti and the only permanent art display in Vegas by Banksy. The menu also plays by its own set of rules, leaning heavily on Asian dishes like beef tataki, sashimi and a spin on Peking duck, while throwing in burgers, wings and other American staples. Brunch'n events are geared toward the party crowd on weekends, featuring costumed performers, mountains of pancakes buried in pink frosting and shareable cocktails.
Discover regional barbecue favorites all in one place. Founded in Cleveland by Michael Symon, Mabel’s BBQ is now in Las Vegas, where brisket, pork and other meats are smoked round-the-clock with cherry, apple and oak woods. The restaurant itself has a homey roadhouse style.
“Mabel’s features barbecue cooked with live fire from start to finish … with tastes from around the world featuring heritage-bred, properly raised prime meats,” says Symon. “We are one of the few barbecue places in the country that can claim that.”
Wash it all down with a tasty bottle-aged cocktail, one of nearly 100 ice-cold beers or a choice of roughly 200 bourbons. The backyard patio here has its own bar, live music and games for a spirited clubhouse feel.
Think of Sara’s as a classic supper club for a new generation. The second Palms restaurant by Michael Symon is hidden behind a secret door inside Mabel’s. It’s an elegant art-deco space where guests can enjoy seared foie gras, loaded baked potato dumplings and possibly the best prime rib in Vegas, smoked in-house by the Mabel’s team. Everything is presented by servers in bow ties and white jackets. “Sara’s is a unique experience where you can be in an intimate 45-seat restaurant and get a taste of old-school Vegas,” says Symon.
The 56th floor of the Ivory Tower is home to Vetri Cucina, where cobblestones, brick columns and rustic decor are surrounded by spectacular views of the Strip through floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s the perfect backdrop for the Italian cuisine of Marc Vetri, which first drew national attention at the chef’s original Philadelphia restaurant. House-made pastas like swiss chard gnocchi and almond tortellini disregard heavy sauces in favor of butter and complementary seasonings, but the wild boar ragu fettuccine could be the most flavorful dish you’ll try all night.