Finicky foodies will find this quartet of Sin City restaurants worthy.
Dive In If divine seafood is your desired jackpot, Aqua, the 2003 Epicurean Award-winner for best seafood, is the winning bet. Designed with an elegant yet laid-back decor — including rare wood and sensual fabrics — and located in the conservatory and lush botanical gardens of the Bellagio, Aqua specializes in contemporary seafood. Chefs Michael Mina and Mark LoRusso showcase their culinary creativity with items such as savory black mussel soufflé and Maine lobster pot pie. Appetizers, which range from $14 to $34, include seared sea scallops and domestic foie gras. Entrées, which range from $34 to $90, include miso-glazed Chilean sea bass and a roasted Dover sole. For high rollers, Aqua has a special premium tasting menu, prepared for an entire table at $115 per person. Aqua, at the Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 702-693-7223.
Brad’s Bistro One of the newest spots on the Strip is the ninth restaurant from Bay Area chef Bradley Ogden. Just four months old, the eatery is already sizzling with a long celeb guest list, including Clint Eastwood, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Siegfried and Roy. This modern yet rustic bistro boasts a 20-page Northern California wine collection. A highlight of the appetizer selection, which ranges from $5 to $26, is the ever-popular Point Reyes Blue Cheese soufflé. A delicious entrée (which range from $10 to $19 for lunch; $12 to $130 for dinner) features a “Poor Boy” remoulade for the sweet bay scallops and Mississippi prawns and accompanied with a celery root slaw. If you’re feeling like a big spender, then the Iranian golden osetra caviar with blue corn pancakes for $130 should rate. And don’t even think about asking for the check without indulging in a dessert, such as the orange soufflé with orange angel food cake. Bradley Ogden, at Caesar’s Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 702-731-7731.
Prime Time Superstar chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Prime Steakhouse, located in the luxe Bellagio, doesn’t disappoint. Baccarat chandeliers, marble floors, plush velvet drapes and gilt galore make Prime one of the city’s most beautiful restaurants. Breathtaking views of the famous fountains and lights of Las Vegas certainly help. This Thirties-style chophouse has a romantic outdoor patio that is the perfect setting for sipping one of its fine wines — a lushBordeaux from France or a rich, bold California red. Appetizers range from $12 to $18 and include roasted wild mushrooms and truffle mashed potatoes. A must-have steak, the signature porterhouse, includes savory roasted Jerusalem artichokes. Or for one of Vongerichten’s Asian-infused dishes, order the veal chop accented with kumquat-pineapple chutney and a side of caramelized cauliflower. Entrées range from $25 to $74. Prime Steakhouse, at the Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 702-693-7223.Vegas Meets Vietnam French-colonial-era Vietnam has landed in Las Vegas, thanks to the An family, the folks behind Crustacean in Beverly Hills. The ambiance at Prana, a Euro-Asian eatery, is balanced by feng shui concepts, such as broad ramps that cross over the dining room-dancing area to create a flow of guests through the room, along with numerous terraces for a sense of intimacy. Relax in the antique Vietnamese opium beds and radiate in the exotic atmosphere. Tapas, which range from $7 to $15, include ahi carpaccio, a green papaya salad dressed in a wasabi vinaigrette and grilled Hudson Valley foie gras. Popular entrées, which range from $26 to $42, include the Szechuan peppercorn-crusted filet of beef and a halibut marinated in sake and maple syrup with an orange-soy reduction and a citrus salad. Dessert lovers will have a hard time choosing between such selections as a poached pear Napoleon and a white chocolate macadamia nut and banana mousse cake. Prana, at Desert Passage, 3663 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 702-650-0507.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty