Photos by Shelley Stepanek    

Red Plate is absolutely perfect. Located in The Cosmopolitan, fresh flowers decorate the tables. Great music and the food is marvelous. Start with a Golden Lotus cocktail and take time to thoroughly look at the menu. Chilean sea bass is certainly a must-order. They also have black truffle beef with fried rice which is worth giving a try. My party gave these 5 stars. Open 6-11 p.m. 7 days a week. 

Charlie Palmer’s announces they have a seasonal “Cut of the Week” special featuring a hand-selected unique steak, with appetizer, side course and “Bottomless wine Pairings” for $58 per person. What a bargain.

I tried the new bBd’s in Palace Station. Lots of spicy food, great macaroni and cheese and truffle-infused tator tots and huge slabs of aged beef in its butcher room on view as you enter the restaurant. 

Kitchen Table Squared gets a huge 5 star from me also. What a great place. The salmon dish is masterful, the beef is butter soft. Great empanadas and beet and goat cheese salad. They have a ½ price happy hour. Located in Gramercy Square on West Russell. 

Opening night for Criss Angel at Planet Hollywood was filled to the brim. The new show is a positive must-see. With a pre-party and an after-party, the picks of what to dine on were plentiful. Hummus and vegetable appetizers, grilled chicken, the ever-popular avocado toast and The Gallery had bathtubs full of strawberry margaritas. Plenty of restaurants to pick from at Planet Hollywood from every food category. I love Koi, Strip House and Gordon Ramsay Burger. Café Hollywood is fast and good, along with P.F. Chang’s and Yolös Mexican Grill. 

Buca de Beppo just announced its new “Take Home Tuesdays” promotion. Purchase any entree or pasta and when you are ready to go you will receive a free Buca small of Baked Ziti, Baked Rigatoni, Ravioli/meat sauce or Spicy Chicken Rigatoni to take home. This offer is for dine-in only. 

GIADA in The Cromwell on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Flamingo has a spectacular view. Only open for dinner during the week, but they do have a high-end brunch Friday-Sunday. They have just started a new Wine and Dine program, a slate of monthly wine pairing dinners. At each dinner, GIADA’s team of sommeliers guides guests through a wine pairing hosted by a different winemaker with a tasting menu including GIADA favorites and some unique additions to highlight the selection of wine. 

On Dec. 28, Mott 32, one of Hong Kong’s most award-winning restaurants and a culinary icon in contemporary Chinese cuisine, opened its doors in The Palazzo, becoming the first U.S. store. At the grand opening, guests tried new dishes from Mott 32’s acclaimed menu, including barbecue Pluma Iberico pork, minced duck in a lettuce cup and crispy sugar-coated barbecue pork buns. Champagne and wine, along with unlimited cocktails were in hand for everyone. Mott’s is known for its exceptional mixology methods, such as the Mott St. Mule, Joe’s Elixir and “It’s Five O’clock in Hong Kong” drinks. The grand interior with great seating, wide open bars and muted light were created by renowned interior designer Joyce Wang. The band, the Moonshiners, played in the 1920’s speakeasy. There were a couple of fortune tellers, photo booths and some lucky persons went home with signature drawings from Napkin Killa who has his own unique artwork on Mott 32 cocktail napkins. Hours of service are Monday–Sunday from 5 p.m.–11 p.m. For more information and to make reservations,, email or call 702-607-3232.

And don’t forget Ethel M Chocolates as they have announced new handcrafted Valentine’s Day cognac truffles and heart shaped boxes for that special occasion. Take the free factory tour while you are there.