Jean Georges Steakhouse :: Las Vegas
Have you ever walked into a restaurant and had that feeling like you are home? I realize that your home probably doesn’t have a world renowned executive chef in the kitchen, or high-end designer decor, but a home is usually composed of things that you love.
It seems highly unlikely that a fine dining restaurant in a large Las Vegas casino would evoke that feeling in me. But it totally did. Jean Georges Steakhouse at the Aria Resort & Casino felt like it had been designed based on my own culinary fantasies.
Before you even walk into Jean Georges Steakhouse, you encounter the most gorgeous sculptural courtyard designed by Adam Tihany. The marble and mirror surfaced pyramids, coupled with planted cacti in sand, creating a stunning effect. It is at once on-trend and classic at the same time. Inside, the restaurant perfectly creates an atmosphere that is sexy and intimate, yet energetic and voyeuristic. The decor is decidedly dark with glowing amber tinted lights that keep it from feeling heavy and provide a certain sparkle to the space. Not a showgirl, glittery headdress sparkle, a more playful, modern take on Vegas sparkle. There is a playfulness that is perfectly represented throughout the interior of the restaurant. Take the abstract image of the cow’s head done as art on the walls.
The private dining room mimics the feel of the main dining room but adds a silverware chandelier to keep it unfussy. The lounge area is partially enclosed by sheer drapery. The sense of humor comes out again in the design of the bar itself. The top of the round bar where mixologist, Darren West, holds post, is decorated with whimsical looking white glass made to look like dripping milk. Yet another reference to the fact that the eatery is a modern steakhouse. You don’t find that in too many Michelin three-star, James Beard award winning chef’s restaurants. And the wine selection is quite impressive. Make sure to tell Sommelier, Kim Wood, The Trend Tribe sent you and have him pour you a glass that will blow your mind!
As Vegas is known to do, they set out to engage all of your senses. My ears were delighted to find a truly eclectic play list featuring new wave, indie favorites and beloved alternative hits pieced perfectly together. A NYC DJ is responsible for the playlists which includes everything from Morrissey and Mazzy Star to Adam Ant. There is no reason you should be forced to eat dinner while listening to smooth jazz. The atmosphere was playful and classy leading it to be one of my top restaurants that make me feel like I’m home. This is the perfect place to take your group of friends next time you are in Vegas and looking for a good time and a great meal. Jean-Georges and his team are able to create the most unique, inviting and fun restaurant without losing site of the real star of the show…the food.
The focus of both the food and cocktail menu
is on bold flavors and unique ingredients. The beverage menu includes twists on traditional classics much like the rest of the steakhouse menu. For non-drinkers (do those people even go to Vegas?) there are several homemade soda choices. I’m not a soda drinker but was totally won over with their ginger version. I’ve seriously been dreaming of this since I ate there. It seemed only right that I follow it up with a Ginger Margarita. It was familiar, yet new, and was a welcome change from most of the run-of-the-mill steakhouse cocktails. The Orange Elderflower Cosmo proved to be very popular with my dining companions.
As a part of The Trend Tribe Influencer Weekend, I was with was very lucky to be able to try several menu items chosen by the brilliant Chef de Cuisine, Robert Moore
We were treated to a favorite of mine, Burrata Mozzarella served with tomato, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The Crispy Sushi Sampler (Tuna, Hamachi, Salmon, Scallop Chipotle Mayonnaise and Crispy Rice,) was a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. The ‘flaming fajitas’ preparation using burning wood extinguished by a cast iron skillet to sear the steak was show-stopping…and delicious.
The traditional steakhouse sides were pumped up with truffle and other exotic flavors that married seamlessly. The attempt to share unfamiliar flavors with guests never overpowered the original dish and were seasoned perfectly. And we cannot forget the special Tomahawk steak prepared to perfection.
The wonderful, Chef Moore, allowed us to come in to his kitchen, during dinner service, to see the hustle and bustle of a working kitchen. We did our best to stay out of the way and just take it all in. Like a choreographed dance, the kitchen team put out plates of food and communicated in a way that is like nothing I have ever seen before. It was maximum efficiency by people whose only goal is to provide you with the best dining experience you have ever had. It was really cool to get the chance to personally thank them for their hard work and applaud them for showcasing their talents.
While we did not have the time (or room in our bellies,) to try out the desserts I WILL be back for the Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae and the JG Candy Bar – google this. You will want it too! This is a restaurant that I will impatiently wait to eat at again next time I’m in town. The second Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant I’ve had the pleasure of eating at, and one thing is for sure, I’m now officially a HUGE JGV fan!
The Trend Tribe would like to especially thank not only Chef Moore for allowing us Trendsetters to lurk inside his sacred space, but to Assistant Manager, James Russell, for being such a wonderful host and putting together such a fantastic night! Without a doubt, we will be back!
Jean Georges Steakhouse :: Aria Resort and Casino :: 3734 Las Vegas Blvd S :: (877) 230-2742
This post is part of our Trend Tribe Influencer Weekend series. The Trend Tribe invited a handful of VIP social media influencers to experience over a weekend the best-of-the-best that Las Vegas has to offer. Everything from AAA Five Diamond accommodations, to hosted shopping sprees, makeovers, world renown fine dining, luxury gifting suites and once in a lifetime opportunities.
Disclosure: On occasion, contributors of The Trend Tribe receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not influence the contributor’s point of view or the outcome of the review. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect the reviewers experience. The opinions are their own. Photos are courtesy of Sharon Garofalow and Nicole Standley.