What's new in food, drink and hotels in Las Vegas

| Greg Morago

Las Vegas is sizzling. And we don't just mean the summer heat that bakes the city to golden crisp.

A burst of new restaurants, bars and resort rooms has lent some serious sparkle to the city of lights and magic. What follows are some of the new hot spots, not limited to the famed Strip.

WALK IN THE PARK

Goodbye, Monte Carlo; hello, Park MGM. Thanks to a $550 million upgrade, the stodgy Monte Carlo has been replaced by the panache of Park MGM, with 2,600 redesigned guest rooms; a new steakhouse, Bavette's Steakhouse & Bar; and the new Juniper Cocktail Lounge with the city's largest gin collection and a menu of classic cocktails. The top-to-bottom renovation's firepower is yet to come: Later this year expect a new Korean-inspired restaurant from Los Angeles culinary legend Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ fame; a huge new Eataly emporium of Italian culinary riches; the urban glam of NoMad Hotel Las Vegas, which will occupy 292 rooms on the hotel's top four floors (yes, a hotel within a hotel); and the Vegas debut of chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara, who made Eleven Madison Park in New York the world's No. 1 restaurant in 2017. All that and a Lady Gaga residency at the hotel's Park Theater that may just out-diva Celine Dion. Watch this space.

Park MGM, 2770 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; parkmgm.com. Rates from $90

 

GREAT SCOTT

Celebrity chef Scott Conant has opened a new restaurant far off the strip but in the thick of casino thrills. Masso Osteria is a casual but accomplished Italian restaurant at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa on the city's far west side. The menu is crave-worthy stuff: wood-fired pizzas, perfect salads, dreamy pastas (including his signature Pasta al Pomodoro) and Italian classics such as Veal Chop Milanese.

Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 11011 W. Charlestonmassoosteria.com