In town for a convention and staying at the Westin, walking to Caesar's for the show. Based upon the prices for hotel food, either there is no recession or the restaurants are trying to capture lost revenues by inflating prices, especially wine. Anyway, enough whining.
Steakhouse at the Paris. Excellent steak and service. $15/oz for Kobe. They wouldn't let me order a 1 oz steak - go figure. Had the bone-in NY strip for a modest $45. The bottle of Dolcetto that you could pick up at a liquor store for about 18 bucks was $52.
Taxi the next night to Cathay House for dim sum. Well the carts stop running at 3:30pm but you can order a limited selection off the menu. "Takes 15 minutes." So, we started with hot & sour soup and the wait was worth it for the dim sum. Augemented dinner with minced pork in lettuce leaves and a vegie dish. A couple of Tsing Taos to was it down. The check was less than a couple of drinks at the Mesa Grill after the convention.
Tearing down the booth at Caesar's is always a long task so we just stopped at Rao's for Italian. Initial service was non-existent, but did improve greatly. The veal chop was large, perfectly prepared and delicious. The orrechiete with sausage and broccoli rabe was also fantastic and not an embarrassing portion. Entrees were about $25 each. The $50 bottle of Valpolicella could be had at Total Beverage for $24.