Whole Hog (and Whiskey), Sinatra’s Seat and Your Next Underground Dinner



Whether you’re celebrating during National Finals Rodeo or Repeal Day, you’re going to want to do it at Delmonico (the Venetian, 702-414-3737) on December 4 and 5. Chef Ronnie Rainwater goes whole hog with nose-to-tail specials, while lead mixologist Juyoung Kang supplies the whiskey cocktails. Off the menu is where it’s at, with starters such as spicy braised pork belly with toasted polenta and mole, or a boudin blanc salad with wild mushrooms, savoy spinach, black truffles and poached egg with sherry vinaigrette. Entrée-wise, you can’t go wrong with a Southern-inspired pan-fried pork chop with sweet potato spaetzle and collard greens, or hearty confit of pork shoulder with charred Brussels sprouts and fingerling potatoes. Of course, swine also makes an appearance at dessert, as a spiced bacon waffle with brown sugar bacon ice cream and bourbon maple syrup.

From a celebration of swine to one of our most iconic steakhouses. Golden Steer (308 W. Sahara Ave., 702-384-4470) honors Frank Sinatra through December in honor of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday on the 12th. The restaurant will welcome guests to visit where he held court in the ’60s, at a sexy, round, black leather booth known as Table 22. Frank’s Menu is a three-course tour of what the man himself used to eat: Clams Casino, New York Strip steak (served medium rare with diced tomatoes, garlic and white wine) and Bananas Foster, flambéed tableside, old-school style. Of course, he also did it “his way” when drinking whiskey (three fingers of Jack Daniel’s, two ice cubes and a splash of water). And you can enjoy all that—as well as red wine, an engraved Zippo lighter and one ticket for admission into the Mob Museum—for $100. Should you want to pay homage to the Chairman of the Board on December 12 proper, there are three seatings at Table 22 that evening, with a $1,000 minimum spend for four. Round up your own Rat Pack and pay your respects.

In case your dance card isn’t full of meals between the holidays, we have one more to add to your schedule. Pop-up masters Collective Gourmands (LaCenaDeSanAndres.Tumblr.com) has announced its next installment, a winter-themed dinner, on December 6 ($80, 6 p.m., reserve via CollectiveGourmands@gmail.com). Helmed by Joël Robuchon sous chef Juventino Magana, it’s as intimate and underground as dining can get: limited to only 20 guests, and Magana usually doesn’t announce the location or menu until the week before. What we do know is that the Collective loves to showcase regional ingredients using avant-garde techniques. In the past, we’ve been treated to dishes inspired by travels to Oaxaca, as well as brunch dishes from the throes of fall. We can’t wait for their next culinary surprise.