The Required: Las Vegas

The Required: Las Vegas

A definitive guide to Las Vegas' tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

August 4, 2020
The Required: Las Vegas

The Required: Las Vegas

A definitive guide to Las Vegas' tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

August 4, 2020

Las Vegas. Sin City. The gambling capital of the world. Home to some excellent food, and now part of our Required club. 

The Required is our expert version of a "best list," comprised of the stand-out restaurants that have garnered the all-time most recommendations from our expert community. That's 5,000+ all-star chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and more — no black box of food editor committees or user surveys, just plain, crave-able cred.

Read on to plan your next trip — or just to be sure you've checked all the boxes on your home turf. 

Sage

The Story: Located inside the ARIA Resort & Casino, from the imaginative mind of Chef Shawn McClain, Sage serves up farm-to-table fare and craft cocktails that change with what’s best of the season. 

What to Eat: As is always the case with seasonal-concept restaurants, your best approach is to follow your intuition and of course, the recommendations of your server, when making your selections. Some dishes however, like the Foie Gras Custard Brûleé, are here to stay, “I don’t even know how Shawn McClain makes this dish so decadent yet so light. It’s the best foie gras terrine: whipped up lightly, packed into a ramekin dish, sprinkled with sugar, and brûléed. It’s salty, sweet, unctuous, vibrant—everything you want foie gras to be! It’s served with brioche that's so light, fluffy, and buttery that I always order extra before it even comes out! They serve it at the bar, so you can just pop in and enjoy it as your first course before going out,” says Expert/Chef Royden Ellamar. According to Expert/Chef Bruce Bomberg, the Sweetbreads are also a perennial hit: “Their skill and ability to make every ingredient shine comes through in the roasted sweetbreads. This dish pays tribute to everything that is good in French cooking.”

What to Drink: Choose from their impressive library of wines on display in temperature controlled glass cases, or try a craft cocktail or two whose ingredients follow a seasonal pattern to match the food.  

The Vibe: A glitzy Vegas eatery whose black and purple décor and gaudy gold columns would have likely met the approval of the late great artist Prince. 

When to Go: Open for dinner service from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Tuesday, you’ll want to make reservations.

Sage
Spot
Las Vegas
$$$$, Happy Hour, Modern, Full Bar, American, Bar, Mediterranean
5 Recommendations

Milk Bar Las Vegas

The Story: What was once a runaway hit that started at Momofuku in NYC has since expanded to a national mini-empire for brilliant Expert/Pastry Chef Christina Tossi. Her Las Vegas location inside The Cosmopolitan features many of Tossi’s greatest (and just sweet enough) hits, as well as ever-evolving innovations from her passionate staff. 

What to Eat: Our Experts recommend any (or all) cookies your heart desires, as well as the Cereal Milk Soft Serve made with Cornflakes, Brown Sugar, and a pinch of Salt. 

What to Drink: Reach a happy compromise between your inner child’s need for a sugar rush and your adult need for coffee, with a B’Day Cake Latte made with Cereal Milk and Confetti Sprinkles. Or go for their Fruity Cereal Milk Shake on a hot day.  

The Vibe: A magical land where adults and children gather giddily to make their Saturday Morning cartoon cereal dreams come true. 

When to Go: Open from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. on the weekdays, and until 2 a.m. on the weekends, you can go whenever your need for a sweet treat demands satisfaction. This is also a great place to take kids or pick up a couple dozen confections for your crew. 

Milk Bar
Spot
Las Vegas
$, Desserts, Café, Ice Cream
5 Recommendations

SUGARCANE raw bar grill at The Venetian

The Story: Experts and Chefs Timon Balloo and Stephen Yen have opened a Vegas iteration of their Miami and Brooklyn hit. Specializing in small plates with a global flare, this stylish and hip eatery is located along the Grand Canale Shoppes in The Venetian Hotel. 

What to Eat: Our Experts, like Chef Sean Brasel, recommend the Bone Marrow “Timon combines oxtail marmalade and bone marrow to make a complete heaven of richness between the fat in the bone marrow and the tang from the marmalade. This is truly a palate pleaser.” Their now legendary Duck Confit Waffle and Egg is still a charmer and well worth trying.  Don’t forget the raw bar aspect of Sugarcane, featuring select oysters on the half shell and decadent seafood towers. 

What to Drink: Proper classic Mojitos made with imported rum, fresh sugarcane, and mint, the way it should be. 

The Vibe: Old school black and white checkered floors and artwork depicting abuelitas smoking cigars harken back to Sugarcane’s OG Miami roots.  

When to Go: Open Sunday through Thurs from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, you stand a pretty good chance of fitting Sugarcane into your Vegas itinerary. Expert tip: they have a daily Happy Hour available at the bar only, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $1.50 oysters on the have shell and small plates ranging from $5-$9. 

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