I need someone to level with me: I live in NYC, and I am from New Orleans, where there are a lot of fine restaurants. I know fine, expensive dining, I just can't really afford to go that often. I'm going to Vegas for three weekdays in the end of March, and have read about all the fantastic restaurants the city has (even some that originated here in NY.) Aureole, Mesa Grill, etc. I want to try them. Is Vegas actually MORE expensive than New York for dining? I've heard this.
Also, do most of these fine restaurants open for lunch? Is that a good strategy for saving a bit of green, or are the preparations usually uninspired.
And finally, what strategies do you have for saving money and/or getting comped great meals. I'm staying at the MGM Grand. My guidebook suggests that tipping like hell, and simply asking for upgrades and comps, gets the desired result, though it cautions that they are more prone to give comps to heavy gamblers--which I am not.
Sorry to ramble. Any thoughts?