Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 | 10:33 a.m.
No New Year’s Eve plans yet? Fear not! Check out the NYE party and celebrity roundup from Robin Leach and the NYE events and NYE dining guide from Las Vegas Weekly colleague Allison Duck. And for a quick-hit list, food writers John Curtas, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini, authors of “Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants,” now in its third edition, offer their Top Five destinations to eat, drink and be merry tonight to ring in 2013.
“John, Max and I came up with this list based on a combination of diversity, amenities and stellar dining options,” Mancini said in a news release. “Four of these restaurants are in Strip resorts, but all boast entirely different dining options. Two (Rattlecan and Serendipity 3) are located directly on Las Vegas Boulevard with prime access to people watching on the Strip, and the Stratosphere boasts the best view of the city.”
Sure, it’s NYE, and many places are bound to be booked solid -- but you never know. The trio’s selections, in alphabetical order:
BAGATELLE RESTAURANT & SUPPER CLUB
The just-opened Bagatelle Las Vegas offers a NYE dinner gala with singer Robin Thicke and DJ Stan Courtois. Dinner reservations start at 6 p.m., and the party goes until 4 a.m. Bagatelle offers an assortment of packages for couples and large parties who want to enjoy dinner and then a night of entertainment. Bagatelle is located across from MGM Grand and adjacent to the Tropicana, with a convenient valet drop-off steps from the restaurant. Reservations: (702) 701-0200 and VIPLV@BagatelleAmerica.com. More: BagatelleLasVegas.com.
This new neighborhood restaurant about 10 miles west of the Strip in Summerlin is offering a five-course meal starting at 9 p.m. for $135. Chef Kim Canteenwalla, formerly of Society Cafe at Steve Wynn’s Encore, has put together a menu that includes an iced seafood platter, Perigord winter truffle risotto, a choice of halibut or surf and turf, baked Alaska and a “New Year’s First Kiss” made with dark chocolate and pink peppercorn Bouchon and raspberry claufoutis. Reservations: (702) 445-6100. More: HoneySalt.com.
This new spot in the Venetian from chef Sammy DeMarco (First Food and Bar in the Palazzo) features work of some of the world’s most renowned graffiti artists. Rattlecan is offering several packages, but the most interesting is an open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight on the patio for $77. It features a DJ, unlimited beer and well drinks and a great view of the canals, the Venetian’s Winter in Venice skating rink and the fireworks. Afterward, a late-night meal from 12 to 2 a.m. includes a burger, fries, a shot and a beer for $30. Reservations: (702) 414-2220. More: RattleCanLV.com.
Located in front of Caesars Palace, this restaurant is dead center on the Strip and perfect for watching people and fireworks. Serendipity 3 is offering an a la carte menu, and its $50 admission fee provides guests with unlimited champagne during dinner and a gift bag. Reservations: (702) 731-7310. More: CaesarsPalace.com.
The Stratosphere is offering several parties throughout the property, but the most extravagant is a three-floor soiree on levels 103, 104 and 108 from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. It includes three DJs, go-go dancers, food stations, a chocolate fountain, a living table sushi bar with a geisha girl, a candy extravaganza, a 4-hour open bar, specialty martinis served by secret angels, a champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Tickets are $250. More: StratosphereNewYears.com.
Be safe, have fun, bon appetit … and Happy New Year!
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of LasVegasSun.com.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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