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.

Oak & Ivy

Hip cocktail bar, could have been airlifted from Brooklyn. Focus on American craft whiskeys, with several options for flights of three – a welcome hit of sophisticated tippling in LV. Best cocktails are whiskey based – try the Brown Derby or Texas Martinez. Bring your fixie-riding friends.

Japanese Cuisine by Omae

Simple space puts focus on some of the most ethereal Japanese cuisine this side of Shinjuku. Michelin starred former Morimoto chef actually does the cooking here – and it’s all done Omakase (chef’s choice). 7-course menu might include foie gras steamed with egg, omabi tartar, and premium steak Teppan Yaki. If he’s traveling, it’s closed – so plan ahead.

Le Thai

Quality Thai spot offers a tasty mix of modern and classic dishes, thanks to the loving influence of chef Dan Coughlin’s Thailand-born mom and grandma. Stick with tradition and order some Thai chicken wings, or step out of your element and have three color curry which blends red, green, and yellow varieties. Lots of great vegeterian and vegan options, like massaman curry. Be aware, if you don’t like loud music, you’ll want to stay inside for dining, as the nearby clubs pump up the volume with no regard for your desire for tranquility.

Palms Place

Part of Palms complex. Spa, hotel, and restaurants connected by assortment of hallways and elevators. Many of the units are condos, but a variety of studios and one/two-bedoom suites also on offer. Penthouses feature all mod luxuries, along with full kitchens and private balcony pools that allow Strip-view soaking. Drift Spa has full menu of spa treatments, as well as a supposedly authentic Turkish Hamman – a sort of mixed-gender beehive sauna.

The Palms

Vegas’ social media gen hotel and casino. Pulls younger crowd who want to party 25/8 and maybe spot a reality star or louche pop singer. Rooms have cheeky art, groovy style. But it’s all about the non stop shakin’ on down. Indeed, there are eight bars, none flaunting anything so fogey as “elegance.” Rather it’s glitz and more glitz and the bad behavior that goes along with it. Par-tay.

Hard Rock Hotel

Hipped-up outpost of the rock n’ roll franchise, catering to rebellious celebrities and party-minded singles. The beach-styled pool complex remains one of Vegas’ best, with a tanned and toned crowd partying until the wee hours in the white-curtained cabanas. One of the keys to the Hard Rock’s liveliness is the constant rock music, piped through the hallways, underwater in the pool, and throughout the small, circular casino. While the Hard Rock has fewer gaming tables than most other casinos, it’s always jumping with a rowdy clientele decked out in their best Vegas glam for a see-and-be-seen weekend. The rustic-sleek Rock Spa and the adjacent Brannon Salon are there for the pampering, while the health club offers guests a chance to take out aggressions in boxing classes. Rooms feature French doors opening onto miniature balconies and range from minimalist standards to high-design luxury suites all ornamented with moody black-and-white photos of rock royalty.


International sushi chain led by Nobu Matuhisa finds a devoted following at Hard Rock Hotel with eastern-inspired dining room and jade-tiled sushi bar, mosaic rock wall, and oversized bonsai trees. A sushi-savvy clientele orders platters of sashimi and daily dishes cooked-up by the top chef without wavering at the jaw-dropping prices.