Las Vegas is a city of transplants. Los Angelenos move to Nevada for the same amount of sunshine at a lower price tag, aspiring entertainers relocate for a chance to perform on the Strip, and people from all over the world make their way to Clark County for something new, exciting, and neon. As a result, Las Vegas’ restaurant scene has its fair share of transplants as well. More than any other city, diners can take a bite out of the Big Apple without ever leaving Las Vegas. Whether local or visiting, homesick New Yorkers can find a taste of their hometown at these 26 restaurants.Read More
Dine at These New York Restaurant Imports in Las Vegas
From one city that never sleeps to another
The Halal Guys
What began as a simple New York City cart that served halal items to cab drivers has transformed into an empire of restaurants all over the world, including three locations in Las Vegas. Diners can order gyros, falafel, hummus, and baklava in Chinatown, at Caesars Palace, and at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian.
Grimaldi’s offers brick-oven pizza at five locations in Las Vegas including Boca Park on the west side and Fashion Show mall and the Grand Canal Shoppes on the Strip. The menu includes build-your-own pies plus calzones and chef’s specialty pizzas.
Black Tap brings its burgers and insanely photogenic CrazyShakes from Midtown and SoHo to the Venetian. Featuring a spacious patio alongside the resort’s canals, the trendy restaurant serves craft burgers, salads, wings, and decadent milkshakes with optional booze and toppings such as funfetti cake, brownies, and strawberry Pop Tarts.
Tao Asian Bistro
Just like its New York locations, Tao Asian Bistro is easily recognizable thanks to its flickering, candlelit setting and massive Buddha sculpture. Located at the Venetian, which also houses the separate Tao Nightclub, the upscale Asian restaurant serves dim sum, noodles, Peking duck, sushi rolls, and sake.
The original Carnegie Deli, which opened in 1937 in New York across from Carnegie Hall, closed in 2016, but diners can still find the restaurant’s famous pastrami sandwiches at the Mirage. Located just off of the casino floor, Carnegie Deli serves New York favorites such as hot pastrami, corned beef, and chicken soup with matzo balls plus burgers, hot dogs, and potato pancakes.
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Carmine's Italian Restaurant
When in Rome, diners can have a taste of New York at Carmine’s inside the Forum Shops at Caesars. Known for its family-style Italian dishes, this New York import serves heaping portions of spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmigiana, veal scallopini, and more better suited to large groups instead of couples.
Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar
Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar in New York City may be closed, but the Mayor of Flavortown lives on through his other locations, including Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at the Linq. The over-the-top menu includes Fieri’s trash can nachos (tortilla chips covered with melted cheese, smoked pork, jalapeños, black beans and barbecue sauce served in a literal trash can), plus burgers, wings, and New York-style cheesecake garnished with chips and pretzels for dessert.
Virgil's Real Barbecue
The self-proclaimed original New York City barbecue restaurant, which is located in Times Square, also has locations in the Bahamas and Las Vegas. Diners can stop by the Las Vegas location at the Linq Promenade for pulled pork sandwiches, shrimp po’ boys, slow-smoked chicken, and crispy catfish plus cocktails served in Mason jars.
Brooklyn Bowl fits right in at the brick-lined Linq Promenade, a pedestrian-only area that’s designed to have the feel of a neighborhood. The concert venue/bowling alley serves food from Blue Ribbon, including deep-fried pickles, fried chicken dinners with collard greens, French bread pizza, and bourbon-spiked milkshakes.
The unassuming, yet refined steakhouse at Caesars Palace evokes the same understated feel of the original New York Old Homestead, which was established in 1868. Diners come to Old Homestead for a chance to slip into the dimly lit dining room and order Wagyu ribeye, Colorado lamb, oysters Rockefeller, and the famous thick-cut applewood smoked bacon appetizer.
Nobu Restaurant at Caesars Palace has the distinction of being the largest Nobu Restaurant in the world. It’s also worth noting that Caesars Palace is the home of Nobu Hotel, a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel that’s known for its in-room sushi menu. At Nobu Restaurant, diners can order omakase, teppanyaki plus sophisticated cocktails, sushi, and Wagyu tacos.
Diners who have never managed to get a table at the famously tiny Rao’s in New York may have a better chance of scoring a reservation at the Caesars Palace location. The Italian restaurant features a replica of the original New York dining room, plus pool views and timeless dishes such as Uncle Vincent’s lemon chicken, osso bucco with saffron risotto, penne vodka with prosciutto, and veal Parmesan.
Established in Brooklyn in 1965, DiFara Pizza built its reputation on the recipes of Domenico De Marco, an Italian-born pizza chef who has been perfecting his recipes for more than 50 years. In addition to the Midwood and Williamsburg locations, diners can find DiFara at the Caesars Palace Forum Food Court. The counter-service grab-and-go spot offers pizza by the slice, plus garlic knots, salads, lasagna, and beer.
Iconic French restaurant Le Cirque’s original East 65th Street location in New York has a habit of frequently relocating, but diners can count on the Bellagio outpost to stick around. The luxurious dining room features Lake Bellagio views and a coursed menu that includes Maryland blue crab with caviar, seasonal risotto, citrus-glazed veal cheek, and an acclaimed wine list with optional pairings.
Sadelle’s brings a vintage-style restaurant straight from New York City to the Bellagio, right behind the resort’s Conservatory and Botanical Garden. The all-day breakfast menu includes cheese blintzes, blueberry pancakes, avocado toast, omelets, eggs any style, and more. Caviar comes with soft scrambled eggs, salmon, or lobster Benedict. After 11 a.m., diners can order tuna melts, crispy chicken sandwiches, roasted salmon, or blackened rib-eye steak. Warm lobster gets the table-side treatment. A pastry cart roams the room with bear claws, sticky buns, chocolate babka, jelly doughnuts, and a range of cookies.
Strip House at Planet Hollywood Resort offers the timeless feel of a New York City steakhouse just moments away from the casino floor. Like the Downtown New York location, Strip House in Las Vegas has a sultry red interior and a menu comprised of center cut chateaubriand, dry-aged ribeye, New York strip, and accompaniments such as goose fat potatoes and black truffle creamed spinach.
Scarpetta in New York, which recently relocated to The James Hotel Nomad, is prized for its elegant, inventive Italian fare. Diners can taste that same flavor — plus sweeping Las Vegas Strip views — at the Cosmopolitan. The upscale restaurant, which is only open for dinner, serves langoustine scampi, polenta with truffled mushroom fricassee, seafood panzanella plus gluten-free and vegetarian menus.
David Chang’s original Momofuku opened in 2004 as Momofuku Noodle Bar. In 2017, Chang expanded the brand to Las Vegas with the opening of a location at the Cosmopolitan. The lively restaurant offers miso sea bass with crab butter, pork belly buns, whole fried chicken, white truffle ramen plus shareable plates of Wagyu, duck, and bo ssäm.
Adjacent to Momofuku, diners will find the irreverent, fun dessert spot Milk Bar. Originally hailing from New York, Milk Bar ups the ante with spiked milkshakes plus the restaurant’s famous cereal milk soft serve and compost cookies loaded with coffee, potato chips, pretzels, oats, chocolate chips, and butterscotch.
Beauty & Essex
Often cited as one of the best places in Las Vegas to brush arms with celebrities, Beauty & Essex at the Cosmopolitan pays homage to its original Lower East Side location by placing the entrance behind a pawn shop storefront. The restaurant features shareable bites including grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings, bao burgers with gochujang aioli, and poblano empanadas with jalapeno-lime crema.
Estiatorio Milos brings its Mediterranean seafood menu from Midtown to Las Vegas. Located at the Cosmopolitan, Estiatorio Milos serves its signature Milos special (crispy zucchini and eggplant with tzatziki sauce, and graviera cheese saganaki) plus a 45-minute prix fixe lunch menu that includes options such as charcoal-broiled octopus and chicken skewers.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
Blue Ribbon’s original SoHo location finds its Las Vegas counterpart at the Cosmopolitan. Diners love this location’s raw bar, which includes oysters and clams, as well as its caviar offerings and steaks served with foie gras butter. Fans of the original location will notice familiar items, such as Blue Ribbon’s popular beef marrow and oxtail marmalade served with challah.
Mario Carbone’s namesake Italian restaurant at the Aria brings Greenwich Village fare to Las Vegas. The stylish restaurant is known for its veal marsala, lamp chops, lobster fra diavolo, and eggplant parmesan.
Who makes the best burger? Thanks to a growing number of Californians, the answer in Las Vegas is often In-N-Out. However, the proliferation of Shake Shacks in Las Vegas, including locations at McCarran International Airport, Downtown Summerlin, the North Premium Outlets, Henderson, and the Strip, has brought a new contender to town. Known for its elevated casual menu that features simple yet reliably tasty burgers, cheese fries, and frozen custard treats, Shake Shack just might be the new go-to fast food restaurant in Las Vegas for people who don’t like fast food.
Thanks to its New York-New York location, Gallagher’s Steakhouse is a New York import in Las Vegas that almost feels like it’s in actual New York — if New York had slot machines and a roller coaster whizzing by the Statue of Liberty, that is. Diners head to Gallagher’s Steakhouse for chilled seafood, wedge salads, porterhouse steak, Maine lobster, and bacon macaroni and cheese.
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Perhaps best known for its wine angels — dedicated wine servers who are raised and lowered on cables to procure bottles from a four-story tower — Aureole is also a beloved New York import from chef Charlie Palmer. Located at Mandalay Bay, the bright, airy restaurant serves fresh seafood including diver scallops with coconut curry and halibut with mussels and saffron, as well as steak, lamb, and a tasting menu with sommelier-selected wine pairings.