The first high-profile Las Vegas opening of the year has taken place with the debut of the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace. Is there a deal in that? Actually there is. But only for the crowd that normally pays $400 per night for high-end hotel rooms and can now get them at Nobu for as low as $249. For the rest of us, the better play is to walk straight through Caesars and head to P.J. Clarke’s in the Forum Shops, where oysters on the half shell continue to go for $1 each, daily from 2:45 to 6 p.m., and select draft beers are $3.
• P.J.’s isn’t the only place to find dollar oysters. McCormick & Schmick’s runs an oyster-and-shrimp happy hour from 5 p.m. till closing on Wednesdays only. The oysters are small and the shrimp are medium-size, but this is still a decent deal at $1 a pop. Meanwhile, the usual McCormick & Schmick’s happy hour runs concurrently from 3 to 6:30, so beers are $3.75, wine is $5, and you can order other good specials for under $5, like the half-pound burger or calamari, if you want to switch it up.
• The price of the lunch special in Estiatorio Milos at the Cosmopolitan has gone up … by a penny. The awesome three-courser in one of Las Vegas’ finest restaurants has been raised from $20.12 to $20.13 to reflect the new year. It’s served weekdays from noon to 2:30 p.m. Trust me and fade the penny.
• A new player on the video-poker scene has emerged. Eureka, the little slot house on Sahara just east of the Strip, has always had decent video-poker schedules, and now they’ve ratcheted it up a notch. Several games there return in the high 99 percent range, with a few that are over 100 percent. A new restaurant called Fat Choy has also opened. It’s run by chef Sheridan Su, who’s known for the Chinese street-food favorites he served from his Great Bao food truck, and later from his restaurant that operated in a beauty salon.
• Meanwhile, here’s a nice show-ticket play: Check in on Facebook for happy hour at R Steak & Seafood at the Riviera, then take your receipt to the box office to receive 2-for-1 tickets to the Riviera Comedy Club.
• And here’s a little anti-deal news. The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace has raised prices again. That’s four price increases in four months for what’s now Las Vegas’ priciest buffet. You’ll now pay $25.99 for breakfast, $32.99 for lunch, $41.99 for Champagne brunch, $45.99 for dinner and $50.99 for weekend dinner, and the discount for showing a Total Rewards card is just $1 for all meals. Yikes!