PROJECT + ENK are happening in Las Vegas this week, so we’ve put together a few recs if you’re reading us live from Sin City or for next time you are…
Where to Eat …
440 S. Rampart Boulevard, Suite 180 (702) 802-2480
Keep things sweet, sour and spicy at Top Chef alum Angelo Sosa’s new spot in Tivoli Village focusing on flavors of the East, from crab toast with mango mustard to BBQ ribs with Asian slaw.
5040 W Spring Mountain Road (702) 290-7181
Forget tasting dinners. Patisserie Mio Ogasawara wants you to skip right to a tasting dessert. At this newly-opened sweet sister to Raku, the super popular robatayaki destination, expect a multi-course, ever-changing menu of saccharine-infused treats like the Japanese Roll Cake (a sponge with banana custard and raspberry mousse) and house made sherbets.
Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South (702) 632-9100
When a professional snowboarder turns to cooking, experimental meals are almost guaranteed. You’ll get that and then some (courtesy of spicy tuna and pop rocks) at chef Akira Back’s new Korean-inspired resto at Mandalay Bay.
…And Where to Party
3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South (702) 701-0200
Modeled on the champagne debauchery that blew up brunch-time in NYC’s Meatpacking District, the Tropicana’s new daytime destination (complete with a 250-seat outdoor eatery, concert venue and volleyball courts) is hot, hot, hot. Grab your bikini, sunscreen and a few aspirin for later.
Park on Fremont
506 Fremont Street (702) 834-3160
This hipster-chic gastro pub, complete with open-air garden, antique jukebox and cocktails like the cheekily named “Unicorn,” is a superb alternative to the 24-7 banging clubs located on the strip. Consider your venture downtown like you would a trip to Williamsburg, skinny jeans and moustache included.