We’ve known for some time that Cosmopolitan President John Unwin intended to shake things up with his restaurant lineup at this giant, twin-towered hotel and casino (scheduled to open in December).
As a hospitality industry veteran, first class foodie, and uber-wine dude, his F & B bona fides are well-established, and from the moment he took the reins here, we knew that some tasty waves were about to be made.
This morning, Unwin further enhanced his stature, and set the food world atwitter by announcing that Blue Ribbon Sushi (Bruce and Eric Bromberg), Scarpetta (Chef Scott Conant) and Estiatorio Milos (Costas Spiliadis) from New York City, Comme Ca (Chef David Myers) from L. A., and STK from The One Group will be bringing their gourmet gravitas to our humble burg…and to his sparkling steel and glass towers adjacent to the Crystals Mall.
Speaking of bona fides, Blue Ribbon Sushi is all that and a bag of chips among the chefs and food cognoscenti of New York. Its Soho location has been the late night dining destination for chefs and restaurant folks almost from the day it opened in 1995. Expect the same thing to happen here…almost from the day it opens.
Scott Conant’s Italian cooking has been described as “high-minded, almost priestly,” but it’s also drop dead delicious and a lot of fun. Having him in town will raise everyone’s Italian eating IQ at least 10 points — and provide some serious competition for Valentino, Bartolotta, Circo et al.
Estiatorio Milos is Greek seafood on a different level. The moment it opens it will be the best Greek restaurant in town…but like Bartolotta, unless you’re a master at guessing weights and converting them to dollars, expect the bill to be a surprise…and plenty steep for all that freshness.
Myers’ Comme Ca is a Parisian brasserie by way of L. A., and strives, unlike so many other “brasseries,” to actually be one. Next to having Keith McNally show up with a Balthazar knock-off, it’s the closest we’ll ever get to the Left Bank in the High Mojave.
STK is a steakhouse. A hip and trendy steakhouse. (yawn)
Kudos to Unwin and crew for only putting in one.
Stay tuned. Our grapevine tells us the U-man is courting a couple of other blockbusters, and if we know the guy, there’s more delectable surprises to come.