WSJ looks at some new restaurants to check out in Vegas.
A Martian landing in MGM Mirage’s huge and elegant City Center would think that the 69-acre site with its six hotel and condo towers designed by world-class architects had plopped down in the center of Sin City’s Strip as smoothly as his saucer. Most terrestrials, even casual readers of financial news like me, know that this behemoth nearly collapsed into a bankruptcy that threatened the monetary health of its biggest partner, Dubai. But now the place is well on its way to completeness. Gamblers are feeding the slots at Aria, the central property. Shoppers are trolling for glitz in Daniel Libeskind’s cavernous funhouse of a mall, Crystals. There is major-league art everywhere, by Robert Rauschenberg, Jenny Holzer, Frank Stella and, from Nancy Rubins, a monumental assemblage of multicolored boats moored together in the circular traffic island facing Pelli Clarke Pelli’s hugely shimmering 61-story Aria and Rafael Viñoly’s restrained, casino-less hotel/condominium Vdara. But most enticing for me was the lure of three “fine-dining” restaurants masterminded by three famous chefs. – From WSJ