By Ariana Baio
Downtown Las Vegas, filled with glitz and glamor, contains some of the best restaurants, bars, entertainment and hotels. Sin City brings millions of people a year to discover the incredible experiences it has, to offer- especially the fine dining options. Among the most glamorous is the award-winning Oscar’s Steakhouse, located inside the iconic glass dome of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. Here, guests can enjoy a birds-eye view of the lights of Fremont Street as they dine under the restaurant’s shimmering chandeliers.
Oscar’s Steakhouse is named after former Las Vegas mob attorney and Mayor, Oscar B Goodman. Goodman’s reputation is well-known as an outspoken and larger-than-life mayor. The approach to food and service at Oscar’s is the same as Goodman’s approach to life – eat, drink and have fun – and reflecting Goodman’s reputation as the “Happiest Mayor in the Universe,” Oscar’s affectionately boasts itself as, “The Happiest Steakhouse in the Universe.”
Oscar’s pays homage to the Vegas of yesteryear and has become a must-visit, only-in-Vegas dining destination. This is all thanks to its classic ambiance, memorabilia displays, handcrafted cocktails, including the former mayor’s signature martini, and a delicious menu of perfectly aged steaks, fresh seafood and homemade sides.
The restaurant recently unveiled a new dinner menu that still offers longtime favorites like Johnny Quinn’s Crab Cake and Joey C’s Filet Mignon, but also touts a dozen new and refreshed items, all inspired by friends and family of Goodman, such as: Charlie Moose’s Thick Cut Grilled Bacon, Nick & Cork’s Italian Market, Fat Herbie’s Wild Mushroom Soup and more. To see a full menu, visit http://www.oscarslv.com/menu/dinner/.
In conjunction with the new dinner menu, the restaurant also debuted Oscar’s “Black Book” that provides backstories for the individual dishes’ names, provided by Goodman himself. It’s clear that Goodman plays a significant role in shaping the experience, from the food to the ambiance, at the restaurant that bears his name.
“You are in my joint, and I want to share it with you along with memories of a few people, places, and recipes that hold a special place in my heart,” Goodman says.
And Oscar’s couldn’t bear the former Mayor’s name, who is known for his love of martinis, without a bustling lounge and exceptional cocktail menu. Oscar’s features handcrafted cocktails like Goodman’s signature martini, The Hizzoner, known as, “What the Mayor Drinks” featuring Bombay Sapphire gin and jalapeno. The restaurant has also added new cocktails highlighting the bar’s commitment to handcrafted libations, such as: 1908featuring Empress gin, lemon juice and simple syrup, and Sazeracfeaturing Rye Whiskey, bitters, Absinthe and simple syrup.
While the classic décor, delectable menus and personal service of the restaurant pays homage to the vintage vibes of old Las Vegas, classic Vegas truly comes to life during the Oscar Dinner Series. This special dinner events are held throughout the year, where guests can hear straight from Goodman about his extraordinary experiences as a criminal defense attorney for alleged mobsters who are notable of Las Vegas’ unique history. The dinner features a three-course meal paired with red and white wines or the Hizzoner martini. For details about the next Oscar Dinner Series event or to make a reservation to attend, call 702-386-7227 or e-mail RSVP@playlv.com.