Las Vegas Scene: Evening Stars

Four of the newest hot spots for sampling after sundown.

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WWD Special Report issue 02/18/2014

EAT, DRINK, LOVE: Executive chef William “Billy” DeMarco has once again partnered with restaurateurs Jenna and Michael Morton to open their third Las Vegas venture, Crush at MGM Grand, following the trio’s successful eateries La Cave at the Wynn and La Comida downtown.

The restaurant’s 7,000-square-foot, 230-seat interior is divided into a breezy, earth-toned Atrium with lighting meant “to emulate the natural sun,” and The Bodega, a dining room with barrel-vault ceilings that evoke an urban winery.

Crush’s welcoming-yet-sophisticated vibe combines with a deliciously decadent yet moderately priced menu. DeMarco offers an array of American dishes with Italian, Asian and Latin subtleties, such as ricotta gnocchi with braised short ribs ($16), grilled salmon over oyster mushrooms and carrot miso broth ($28), and Tomahawk rib-eye steak with smoked Hawaiian sea salt ($65).

The eatery’s pizzas — made in 700-degree wood-fired ovens — have also become a favorite and include a variety of signature toppings, including Nana D’s meatballs, Italian sausage (both $15) and curry shrimp with asparagus and coconut cream ($17).

DeMarco has curated a fine wine list, or try the Punch Drunk Love cocktail ($12), a mixture of mint-infused gin, Lillet Rosé and fresh watermelon and lime juices — large parties can order it “family style” for the whole table ($68/$99).

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30-11:30 p.m.
Tel.: 702-891-3222

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