Celeb chef Giada De Laurentiis does simple but lovely creations like fregolotto with morels, risotto with crab & scallops and veal saltimbocca for couples making googly eyes at each other and the Bellagio fountain views. The light-flooded room is all low-key romanticism, and there’ s a patio for more temperate times. 


Was inevitable, celeb-magnet NYC nightspot makes a home in Sin City. Unmitigated razzle, dazzle and whatever goes along with that. Plush couches, hyper sensory lighting effects, mega DJ talent, pricey cocktails. And, of course, lots of famous faces. Oh, the glamour.


Oddly named after a piece of spiky grass, this breezy poolside playland at the new SLS hotel takes up more than 40,000 square feet and can hold nearly 2000 very pretty party people. The wild Philippe Starck designed indoor space features 28 VIP tables, “street style” calligraphy by Tarek Benaoum, and a state-of-the-state-of-the-art Funktion One sound system. Korea’s KT Corporation creates surreal digital visuals as a backdrop to all the decadent revelry.

Wing Lei

Best Chinese in Vegas. But for those in the know, it’s all about the insanely good dim sum buffet, which runs for only two weeks a year: the week of Chinese New Year, in January, and the week of Christmas, in December. Book ahead.

Oscar’s at the Plaza Hotel

Unbending proponent of The Three B’s: Beef, Booze and Broads. In other words, don’t come looking for twee cocktails or gluten-free anything. Menu items read like something out of a Scorcese flick: Joey’s C’s Filet Mignon, Izzy M’s Fried Calamari, Shmuley’s Extraordinary Mac & Cheese. Mangia e bevi! Just mind your arteries.

Cleo at the SLS

Another Tinseltown celeb-magnet newly transplanted to the desert – along with its retro glam and Mediterranean eats. Scarlett Johansson, Joe Jonas and Posh & Becks have all warned the seats at the Hollywood original, so expect the star power to be high here too.