Address: El Cortez, 600 Fremont St.
Status: Open 24 hours
Head back to the future at the El Cortez, as the venerable downtown resort replaces The Flame with a lightly themed, 24-hour concept, Siegel’s 1941.
The El Cortez was once owned by top-shelf mobster names like Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky and the new overhaul gives a nod to the era, while also remembering the tradition of matzo ball soup, stone crabs and liver and onions favorites found at The Flame.
Expanded in size to 180 seats, the ceiling has been elevated and the old entrance shifted to the side. Diners can now look out onto the casino floor. Large circular booths have been placed at the rear of the space. White tiles and red upholstery are watched over by large images of Siegel and his infamous colleagues.
The voluminous menu, features a wealth of choices from coffee shop staples to their famed Alaskan king crab legs. The late night menu served from midnight to 6 a.m includes breakfast anytime dishes and "Al & Lucky's" favorites like rigatoni, eggplant parmigiana and Bugsy's Burgers including the "Virginia Hill Flamingo" turkey burger topped with avocado, onion rings, tomato marmalade and Monterrey Jack cheese.
They've also completely revamped the beverage program including themed cocktails and tipples that run the gamut from root beer floats to Brandy Alexanders for a nightcap.