Going to Vegas for a whole week and to ring in the new year! -- Meeting up with a bunch of semi-high-roller-friends (not sure what is considered "HIGH-roller") from out of the country that have been "invited" to stay at the Aria and they've invited me. -- Hooray!
They've asked me to book the restaurant rezzies, and I must say...even though I'm from New York, LV is looking like it could really be too much of a good thing. -- Especially to cram it all into 4 nights and 5days. - I've live in NY all my life and I still can't keep up with all the amazing restaurants I still have to try.
My friends are into the more trendy and swankier restaurants. They LOVE Nobu and go there almost every time they're in Vegas. But the NOBU here in NY has just turned me off to it pretty much completely that I know I'm going to be battling to NOT go there this time around.
I'm a huge fan of the more rustic, quaint, "simpler" places with AMAZING and SIMPLE food like the ones you find in the W. Village and Meatpacking district.
While my friends will be spending most of their time at the tables, after all they do have to pay for my room & meals SOMEHOW -- I'm looking for quaint wine bars, gastropubs, enotecas, izakayas, diners, bistros, etc. to pass my time. - Give me a GOOD bottle of wine and a GREAT charcuterie plate... and I'm happy for hours. - OH! And if at all possible, a place where maybe I could meet a great singly guy at one of these places that likes the same things? (OK, that may be asking for too much.)
Also need recommendations on restos for the whole group of us (maybe 15-20 including kids) for dinners as well. -- Italian, Japanese, Steak, New-American, etc.
Thanks in advance for all your help!