Al Mancini, Max Jacobson and John Curtas Tell You Where to Ring in the New Year

Max Jacobson, John Curtas and Al Mancini. Photo: Erik Kabik

The authors of “Eating Las Vegas: The 50 Essential Restaurants” John Curtas, Max Jacobson and Al Mancini sifted through the city’s culinary cacophony and selected their top five destinations to eat, and drink, while ringing in 2013.

“John, Max and I came up with this list based on a combination of diversity, amenities and stellar dining options,” said “Eating Las Vegas” co-author, Al Mancini. “Four of these restaurants are in Strip resorts, but all boast entirely different dining options. Two (Rattlecan and Serendipity) are located directly on Las Vegas Boulevard with prime access to people watching on the strip and the Stratosphere boasts the best view of the city.”

Listed in alphabetical order they include:

Bagatelle Restaurant & Supper Club

The just-opened Bagatelle offers a New Year’s Eve dinner gala featuring singer Robin Thicke with additional music by DJ Stan Courtois.  Dinner reservations start at 6 p.m. and the party goes until 4 a.m. Dinner reservations can be made by calling 702-701-0200.

Honey Salt

This brand new neighborhood restaurant is offering a five-course meal starting at 9 p.m. for $135. Chef Kim Canteenwalla has put together a menu that includes an iced seafood platter, Perigord winter truffle risotto, a choice of halibut or surf and turf, baked Alaska and a special “New Year’s First Kiss” made with dark chocolate and pink peppercorn Bouchon and raspberry claufoutis. Reservations can be made by calling 702-445-6100.


This brand new spot in the Venetian from chef Sammy DeMarco features the work of some of the world’s most renowned graffiti artists. They’re offering several packages, but the most interesting are an open bar from 10 p.m. to midnight on its patio for $77. It features a DJ, unlimited beer and well drinks and a great view of the canals, the Venetian’s “Winter in Venice” skating rink, and of course, the fireworks. Afterward, you can get a late-night meal from midnight to 2 a.m. featuring a burger, fries, a shot and a beer for $30. Reservations can be made by calling 702-414-2220.

Serendipity 3

Located in front of Caesars Palace, this restaurant is dead center on the Las Vegas Strip and perfect for people-watching and catching the fireworks. The restaurant is offering an a la carte menu for the evening, and its $50 admission fee provides guests with unlimited champagne during dinner and a gift bag. Reservations can be made by calling 702-731-7310.


The Stratosphere is offering several parties, but the most extravagant is a three-floor shindig on levels 103, 104 and 108. It includes three live DJs including DJ Mac, Go-Go dancers, elaborate food stations, chocolate fountain, living table sushi bar with Geisha Girl, candy extravaganza, four-hour open bar with premium brand liquor, specialty martinis served by secret angels, champagne toasts at midnight and party favors. Advance tickets to the party are $225 (inclusive of tax and gratuity) and runs from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Price will increase to $250 on Dec. 31. Learn more at

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