Sinfully Delicious: 3 New Las Vegas Restaurants

by Jill Gleeson

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday January 18, 2019

Las Vegas might be best known as the city where sin never sleeps — after all, gambling, booze, boys and plenty of other delectable delights are available 24 hours a day, every day of the week. But even the most dedicated devotees of hardcore revelry need to slow down and fuel up once in a while. Happily, Vegas is stuffed to the rafters with restaurants good enough to make gourmands groan aloud with pleasure. And like any temple of temptation, the city is always topping itself with the greatest latest, like the following super-hot new hasheries:

Smoked Burgers & BBQ at The Forum Shops at Caesars
Smoked Burgers & BBQ at The Forum Shops at Caesars specializes in jaw-dropping burgers, handcrafted cocktails, draft beer, homemade lemonades and sweet teas. The menu takes a twist on barbecue classics while infusing a bit of West Coast flare. The restaurant features indoor and outdoor Strip-side dining and live entertainment.

"We are thrilled to provide a fun, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere with great food," says Joey Pintozzi, vice president of marketing and sales for Hospitality Boulevard, the restaurant's designer and operator. "Smoked Burgers & BBQ is the prime spot for dining experiences ranging from lunch with friends or colleagues to watching games or a simply enjoying a lively night out."

The eatery's signature dishes include world famous Pig Candy — apple-smoked candied bacon prepared with brown sugar, cayenne pepper, cumin and served with cornbread; buttermilk fried chicken blueberry sliders with buttermilk fried chicken breast, fresh blueberry jam, jalapeño and pepper jack served on a Hawaiian sweet roll; and chopped beef brisket, which includes savory sliced brisket coated in smoked-spice dry rub and served with a side.

Be sure to sample the restaurant's smoked BBQ Bloody Mary, made from Jack Daniels, homemade Bloody Mary mix, "Smoked" BBQ sauce, jalapeño and Tabasco, topped with candied bacon, chicken wing, cherry tomato and an olive.

Best Friend
Los Angeles culinary legend Roy Choi debuted Best Friend (a remixed and remastered evolution of LA's Koreatown) last month at Las Vegas' newest resort, Park MGM. A two-year, $550 million development at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the property also offers eateries like Eataly, the largest Italian marketplace with restaurants in the world; Primrose, described as offering "French-ish" fare; and noodle shop La La Noodle.

Dishes not to miss at Best Friend include BBQ spicy pork, a reimagined version of Choi's BBQ pork with thinly sliced pork belly and shoulder marinated in a sweet and spicy gochujang sauce; tamarind cod hot pot, featuring tamarind spiced broth, cod and Korean vermicelli noodles; and slippery shrimp, Choi's cover of classic honey walnut shrimp, with his own crispy rendition coating the shrimp in a creamy, spicy sauce mixed with cilantro, walnuts and sesame seeds.

Says Choi of his Las Vegas debut, "When you see Best Friend, I want you to have a little bit of a chuckle or a little bit of a smile with yourself — 'cause this is a place you come to have fun."

Sadelle's, SoHo's popular vintage-style restaurant, one of the most desired reservations in New York City, is now open in a coveted location overlooking the exquisite Bellagio Conservatory. Sadelle's brings an elevated perspective to all-day dining in Las Vegas through culinary craftsmanship forging a new identity for approachable cuisine normally found in cafés and bakeries.

The restaurant's stunning locale, Ken Fulk design, fun vibe and legendary menu — including bagels and smoked-fish platters, triple-decker sandwiches, burgers, salads and all-day caviar offerings to name a few — will make it a destination experience for both tourists and locals. The 10,000-square-foot space envelops guests in a timeless combination of colorful pastels and bespoke touches transporting diners back in time to a grand café along an old European boulevard.

MGM Resorts International Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage Strategy Ari Kastratisaid says, "Sadelle's delivers a bold personality and next-level craftsmanship to the all-day dining experience that simply does not exist in Las Vegas right now. We are grateful for this partnership and look forward to their beloved NYC restaurant delivering memorable dining experiences to our Las Vegas guests."

And for a calorie-free taste of decadence, try to snag tickets to Lady Gaga, now in residency at Park MGM.

Jill Gleeson is a travel and adventure journalist based in the Appalachians of Central Pennsylvania. Find her on Facebook and Twitter at @gopinkboots.

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