Asian Dining on the Vegas Strip Part II
The Las Vegas Strip is home to myriad fine-dining Chinese restaurant destinations, with a number of them new to Las Vegas Boulevard.
Americans know that New Year’s Eve is Dec. 31 and New Year’s Day is Jan. 1 every year. Not as commonly or exactly known is that Chinese New Year ranges from Jan. 21 to Feb. 20 (Chinese New Year occurred Feb. 5 this year). But did you know that Lao New Year is celebrated over three days each year from either April 13-15 or April 14-16? (It’s April 14-16 this year.)
No matter the fluctuating New Year’s dates for the Asian celebrations, one thing is clear: There is much cause for celebration for the bounty of fine-dining Chinese restaurants—both old and new—on the Las Vegas Strip, along with a few notable non-Chinese but definitely still Asian destinations on Las Vegas Boulevard.
The next time you’re craving Asian cuisine on the Strip—for this journalist, that’s each and every day—keep this list handy. (By the way, we love our Chinese and sister Asian restaurants off the Strip, as well, but this story is focusing on Las Vegas Boulevard.)
Red Plate at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Opened in October, Executive Chef Yip Cheung’s Cantonese fine-dining restaurant Red Plate offers Peking duck, Sichuan spicy tofu, black truffle xiao long bao and live seafood, including rock cod, geoduck, Dungeness and Alaskan king crab and Maine lobster. Dim sum, hot pot and barbecue dishes also are available. The chef was formerly at nearby Talon Club.
Hakkasan at MGM Grand
Opened in 2014, Hakkasan at MGM Grand remains one of the most opulent restaurants of any cuisine on the Las Vegas Strip and is the only Hakkasan in the world with a nightclub—and a multilevel nightclub at that! Along with top-notch cocktails, Hakkasan Las Vegas boasts an $88 menu. The number 88 symbolizes fortune and good luck in Chinese culture.
Wing Lei at Wynn Las Vegas
Opened in 2005, Chef Ming Yu’s Wing Lei shares the veteran title with Tao on this list with his restaurant of Cantonese, Shanghai and Szechuan flavors. During the New Year in December and Chinese New Year in February, Wing Lei is home to an incredibly popular all-you-can-eat dim sum and seafood experience that is one of the annual culinary highlights in the city.
And two notable non-Chinese restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip:
Andrea’s at Encore Las Vegas
Opened in 2013, Andrea’s, which specializes in Asian fusion, recently welcomed Executive Chef Devin Hashimoto, from nearby Mizumi at Wynn Las Vegas (a Japanese restaurant not to be overlooked), and a new cocktail menu from property mixologist Andrew Pollard. These are two culinary and cocktail kings, and Andrea’s is all the better for having them at the helm.
Momofuku at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
First opened by Chef David Chang in New York in 2004, the celebrated chef’s Las Vegas outpost debuted in 2017, and, with chefs including Michael Chen and Shaun King, Momofuku remains one of the most inventive restaurants on the Strip and defies categorization. Bonus: Momofuku Group’s Milk Bar by dessert genius Christina Tosi is next door.