Once the proud home of the all-you-can-carry buffet, the town’s mega-hotels are now littered with shiny, subterranean outposts of big-name establishments. “Alain Ducasse is here, Jean-Georges, Joël Robuchon are, too, and that’s just the French chefs,” says Scott Conant. “Once people came here specifically to gamble; now it’s a food destination.”
“Every ten years or so someone comes along and takes it to the next level. Wolfgang Puck started it 20 years ago, then the Bellagio upped the game, and now it’s the Cosmopolitan,” says Marcus Samuelsson. “Vegas is an exciting place to eat right now.”
Herewith, the chefs nominate their favorite plates in town—“at the risk of giving Scott a big head,” says Feldman, obviously not opposed to a bit of cronyism.
Scott Conant: The omakase at Kabuto Edomae Sushi, off The Strip. At 5040 W. Spring Mountain Rd.; 702-676-1044; kabutolv.com.
Scott Feldman: Pizza with fonduta, egg and truffles at D.O.C.G. At 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-698-7920; scottconant.com.
Bobby Flay: A whole fish roasted in salt at Milos. At 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-698-7930; milos.ca.
Marcus Samuelsson: Spaghetti with tomato and basil at Scarpetta. At 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-698-7960; scottconant.com.
Geoffrey Zakarian: The fritto misto at Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare. At 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 877-321-9966; wynnlasvegas.com.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Rooms start at $195; 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 855-435-0005; cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.
Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Rooms start at $200; 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 888-320-7123; wynnlasvegas.com.
La Reve–The Dream Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 888-320-7110; wynnlasvegas.com.
Marquee The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; marqueelasvegas.com.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Treatments start at $180 for a 60-minute massage; 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 888-881-9530; mandarinoriental.com.
Wynn Golf Club Greens fees start at $375; Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-770-4653; wynnlasvegas.com.