Las Vegas is one of my favorite US cities because of its similarities to New York City. I love the bright lights, crazy nightlife, swanky hotels, delicious food and spectacular shows. What’s even better is you’ll find many of the NYC restaurants right here in Las Vegas.
This was my second time in Las Vegas and I opted to stay at the beautiful and upscale Cosmopolitan Hotel. This fabulous casino hotel draws a younger, professional, trendy crowd, and thus you won’t see too many children at this hotel. In terms of nightlife, the Marquee nightclub is located at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, in addition to some of the most fabulous restaurants on the strip, you may just never want to leave the hotel. They truly have it all.
Here is my Terrace One Bedroom (610 sq. ft. + 110 sq. ft. private terrace) at The Cosmopolitan. I loved the long closet mirrors along with the luxurious bathroom and huge shower.
My one day splurge on Room Service! Those Blueberry Pancakes were soft and delicious, and just check out their size! Additionally, a large pot of coffee was just what I needed. Overpriced service, but so worth it!
And of course, I had to go clubbing at The Marquee! The music was good, the crowd was fun. Having said that, I feel like I’m getting too old for clubbing, meaning I was ready to call it a night at 1:30 am. Sad. The best part was my room was upstairs.
HOTEL REVIEW: The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
STAR RATING: *****
PROS: Swanky Hotel | Luxury Rooms | Complimentary WiFi | Comfortable Beds | Casino | Excellent Customer Service | Complimentary Water upon Check-in | Plenty of Restaurants & Bars | Nightclub
CONS: No Coffee Machine in the Room
VERDICT: 4.75 / 5
The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas was an amazing stay, the service is excellent and the rooms are trendy and upscale. My only issue – there was no coffee machine in the room, I called to inquire, however The Cosmopolitan doesn’t provide coffee machines. For someone who needs their coffee first thing in the morning, this was not fun. Luckily, there is room service, and Starbucks downstairs by the lobby entrance. Just fyi – Starbucks Tall Coffee in Vegas will run you about $5, it’s double! I would totally stay at The Cosmopolitan again, but since I love trying out new hotels, next time I will consider Aria, Wynn, Venetian or Palazzo. Very Highly Recommended!
Location: Excellent| Value: Pricey | Sleep Quality: Excellent | Rooms: Outstanding | Service: Excellent
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
1. STK @ The Cosmopolitan
Yes, I am one of those people who went to STK and didn’t eat steak. Outstanding seafood, appetizers & sides! Enjoyed a Chef’s Tasting – some portions are smaller than usual.
Cocktails + Complimentary Starter
Apple Bottom (left-left): Bacardi Rum, cider, white wine, cinnamon and assorted fruit. This cocktail looks strong, but it wasn’t. Not too sweet, decent, but I would preferred a stronger flavor of cider.
Ginger Mojito (left-right): A strong cocktail prepared with Hennessy vs with muddled mint & lime, and topped with ginger ale. A bold ginger flavor, crisp.
Pull-apart Bread with Blue-Cheese Butter + side of Chive Oil (right): Salivating! STK’s bread is reason alone to visit. It is out of this world. I’m not even a fan of blue-cheese, I can’t handle any pungent cheeses, but the blue-cheese flavor was very subtle. A favorite.
Market Salads & Appetizers
Beet Salad (top-left): Arugula, pistachio pesto, and goat cheese. Again, I’m not a fan of pungent cheeses, however there were light crumbles of goat cheese which paired well with the arugula. The parmesan pesto flatbread was delicious. A favorite.
Tuna Tartare (top-right): Avocado with tuna tartare in a soy honey emulsion topped with taro chips. Tuna Tartare that is prepared with Asian flavors are a favorite of mine. The fresh avocado and tuna combination was sensational. A favorite.
Day Boat Scallops (bottom): Arugula topped with a prosciutto rose with perfectly cooked scallops and candied apple. The scallops were crunchy on the outside, and soft & juicy on the inside. I loved the sweetness of the apple chips combined with the saltiness of the prosciutto.
Roasted Dover Sole (top): Sole baked in a lemon brown butter sauce topped with arugula and capers accompanied with a side of fingerling potatoes. The sole was so delicate, and although this dish was cooked in a lemon butter sauce, it was pretty light and relatively healthy. A favorite.
Small Filet Medallion 6 oz. (bottom): Now as I mentioned, I don’t eat steak, I just find the texture chewy and feel like it takes forever to eat. On the other hand, my friend loved the perfectly cooked steak which was juicy and flavorful. And so, if you enjoy steak, this is a good one to go with.
Sweet Corn Pudding (left): The sweet corn pudding had a slight bite. I loved the sweetness of the corn, so wonderfully light and delicious. A favorite.
Haricot Vert (top-right): Essentially green beans! The beans had a nice crunch, but they seemed a bit too crunchy.
Mac & Cheese (bottom-right): I’m a sucker for good mac & cheese, and STK’s version did not disappoint. Salty, creamy mac & cheese made in a small cast-iron skillet. Excellent! A favorite.
Coffee & Dessert
STK Donuts (top): Maple glaze donuts topped with candied pecans and served with a side of vanilla ice-cream. The sweet potato dough was so incredibly soft, delicious and not too sweet. This is the best donut I have ever had. A favorite.
Coffee (bottom): Good/Okay.
RESTAURANT REVIEW: STK Las Vegas
FAVORITES: Complimentary Pull-Apart Bread | Beet Salad | Tuna Tartare | Roasted Dover Sole | Sweet Corn Pudding | Mac & Cheese | STK Maple Glazed Donuts
VERDICT: 4.5 / 5
STK is a trendy and upscale dining experience. The food here is close to perfection. I still have dreams about that pull-apart bread, I wanna go back to STK just for the bread, and I don’t wanna share it with anyone. My only issue here were the drinks, they were rather strong for me. The service here is stellar. Our waitress, Magdalena, was friendly, attentive and helpful. STK starts filling up by 8 pm, and I highly recommend making reservations in advance. Also, it is a great place to grab drinks and hangout by the bar.
2. Estiatorio Milos @ The Cosmopolitan
This place had me reminiscing about the food in Mykonos, dare I say it, it may even be better than Mykonos. Phenomenal Greek food with plenty of drool-worthy vegetarian options. Enjoyed a Chef’s Tasting – some portions are smaller than usual.
Cocktails + Complimentary Starter
Monks in Mexico: Tequila, St. Germain Edlerflower liqueur, grapefruit juice and agave. Uniquely flavored drink, light and well made.
Chardonnay: Ktima Katsaros Greek Wine. Excellent, light, crisp, fresh, dryer than most wines. A favorite.
Bread & Extra Virgin Olive Oil: The olive oil was excellent quality, delicious!
Milos Special (top): Lightly fried zucchini, eggplant sitting all around tzatziki & kefalograviera cheese. You begin by taking a spoon and stirring it all around so the tower sort of falls apart. Outstanding and a must-do at Estiatorio Milos! A favorite!
Octopus (bottom): Mediterranean grilled octopus. I’m not a fan of octopus, however this dish was quite good. The octopus was grilled and braised with red wine vinegar. The octopus is tender and had a blackened charcoal flavor. If you enjoy octopus, this is the dish to order.
Salads & Vegetables
The Greek Salad (left): Vine ripe tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil & barrel-aged feta. The reason this salad is $28 is because it is outrageously delicious and that all the ingredients are imported. The tomatoes are juicy and fresh. I loved teh addition of olives in this salad. This salad is prepared iwth only red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. A favorite.
Grilled Vegetables (right): Eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, baby fennel, cipollini onion, Greek mint yogurt, & Haloumi cheese. Again, this dish was prepared with very few seasonings. The vegetables were prepared with butter, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic. The Haloumi cheese was salty and tasty, but the vegetables were light and incredible. A good healthy option for all you veggie lovers! A favorite.
From the Sea
Milokopi: A Mediterranean fish that was light, fresh, flaky and delicate. The fish was tender and broke off effortlessly against a fork. Squeeze some lemon on top before eating. Delicious and healthy too! A favorite!
Coffee & Desserts
Coffee (top right): A bit bitter, still good.
Galaktoboureko (top left): Semolina custard wrapped in a crispy phyllo. The custard had a prominent cinnamon flavor. The texture of the custard wasn’t smooth, but that was probably also the intention. Although this dessert was tasty, it was a bit unique for me.
Baklava (bottom): Walnut pastry with honey ice-cream. Good combination and well made, the dessert wasn’t too sweet considering there was honey in it. This was my favorite dessert out of the two I tried.
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Estiatorio Milos Las Vegas
FAVORITES: Salmon Tartare | Milos Special | Htipiti | The Greek Salad | Grilled Vegetables | Milokopi
VERDICT: 4.75 / 5
Greek food is so often overlooked since there aren’t a ton of Greek restaurants in most major US cities. Estiatorio Milos is easily one of the best Greek restaurants I have ever been to. In comparison to the food I ate in Greece, this may even be better. It’s interesting that many of the items I tried were vegetarian, and everything was outstanding. I enjoyed the appetizers, sides and salads the most. My only issue was I felt pretty heavy after leaving the restaurant, and my guess is I probably ate a little too much feta cheese. Although the food here is light and can be healthy, the feta cheese can make it a bit heavy. I look forward to checking out the New York City location at some point. The service by both Monika and Kevin were excellent, they were both extremely knowledgeable and hospitable. Very Highly Recommended.
Have you been to Las Vegas? Where did you stay? What were your favorite places to dine?