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Please comment on these Vegas choices for New Year's and my 40th bday dinner


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Please comment on these Vegas choices for New Year's and my 40th bday dinner

loriannkru | | Aug 21, 2009 03:41 PM

Hi all--I just spent a few hours going over recent Vegas postings, and would love some input.

We'll be in Vegas this year during the week of New Year's. My 40th birthday also falls during that week. Some background:
1) We live in NJ, just outside of Manhattan
2) We're wine geeks
3) I'll do high-end bills, but I prefer to have my socks blown off at places that are more reasonably priced
4) Places we don't want to go this time: LOS, Bartolotta, L'Atelier

For my birthday, I'm leaning towards Guy Savoy. My husband and I are really into wine, so I'm figuring based on LongIslandChef's posting that we might be looking at a $1400 bill. I'm wondering if we could go to the Bubble Bar instead and still have a wonderful experience for a lower price. Any thoughts?

Other possibilities for my birthday are DJT and Bar Charlie or Restaurant Charlie. First, does anyone know if DJT is indeed closed? Their website appears to still be taking reservations. I saw a posting that Donald Trump's personal chef had left the if it is still open, does the current chef make it still worth a trip? Any votes for one of the three restaurants over the other two?

For breakfast, we adore Payard Patisserie (if you haven't had their eggs benedict, RUN directly to this place the next time you get off the plane) and Bouchon. Any other recommendations?

Dinner places I'm planning on that we've already been to: B&B, dB. I saw the spotty reviews for B&B, but based on the strength of what we've had there in the past, I'm going to roll the dice.

Dinner places on which I'd like feedback: Michael Mina. I've been to Nob Hill, and we're considering going again this time. Haven't been to Michael Mina. Is it as good or better?

We'll also go to Origin India for dinner one night.

Lunches: Enoteca San Marco and the burger at Bradley Ogden. Is Bradley Ogden open for lunch?

We heard from friends of ours that Rao's is worth a visit. They said it's not completely spectacular, but enjoyable. Any opinions?

For New Year's Eve, I don't need to go somewhere upscale, but we can. The same friends who recommended Rao's said they go to Mesa Grill every NYEve b/c of the good views of the ball dropping in NYC in the sports area. I like Mesa Grill quite a bit, but if anybody has a more exciting choice, that's great. I don't need to see the ball drop on TV, and I can go to Mesa Grill in NYC anytime. I WILL get cranky if service is poor on NYEve because the restaurant can't keep up with the crowd. (We avoid going out on Mother's Day and other big holidays for this reason.) So I'd rather go somewhere like Mesa if I can be reasonably assured the quality will be on par with a normal night as opposed to going somewhere fabulous that's suffering due to NYEve crowds.

Well, that sure is a lot of questions! Looking forward to advice.