Vegas’s Newest Hotspot-Bugsy & Meyers

BUGSY & MEYER’S STEAKHOUSE in the Flamingo is absolutely exceptional! Taking over the former Center Cut Restaurant space, right across from the wildlife park which of course includes Flamingos, this is going to be a huge success. With a definite “MOB” feel in decorating, there is a private bar and lounge in the back instead of the front like most restaurants. Featuring many steakhouse classics, you can book a party in one of three private dining rooms.

The main dining room and centerpiece bar at Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse. Photo credit:

Why am I so excited about this new place? Because my good friend Meyer Lansky, grandson of Meyer Lansky who was “THE MOB” is a consultant. He gave a speech last night at the media event about his grandfather and how this new restaurant reminded him of time he spent with Lansky when he was a small boy. Meyer has also donated some of his personal remembrances to the restaurant adding to a touch of old-time glamour. The picture is Meyer and myself.

You check in for your experience at the “bakery façade,” passing by the kitchen and a meat cooler with aging beef, into one of the dining rooms and on into the speakeasy bar as you go back in time. Felt like maybe we were having dinner in Casino or the Goodfellas movies. There are six unique dining experiences, including the patio and lounge, the centerpiece bar, private dining in one of three rooms, the raw bar, a fanciful dining room, or the hidden speakeasy dubbed The Count Room.

Studio K Creative from Chicago and renowned designer Jonathan Adler combine natural tones with vibrant colors, art deco inspiration, and minute details. Bugsy & Meyer’s partnered with SHE HIT PAUSE art consultants out of New York City to create an art collection with exotic wildlife, including a custom beaded flamingo piece.

One of Bugsy & Meyer’s three private dining spaces. Photo credit:

In the Count Room, my guest and I started with champagne before dinner to toast along with the other guests, ‘the new place’, as “Vegas Chef Prizefights” winner Lamar Moore and a few special guests spoke. After an old time Manhattan, we moved into one of the dining venues.

A lovely brioche was the first thing on the table, followed by a bowl of Lobster Bisque. The Premium Seafood Tower, consisting of Maine Lobster, Alaskan King Crab, poached

shrimp along with East and West Coast Oyster selections was enough to be a meal in itself. Our waiter, Pio Apicella was very attentive, and we couldn’t have asked for finer service. A huge Tomahawk Rib Eye steak, 32 ounces, was next along with a Dry Aged Porterhouse also 32 ounces. Sides included Potato Gratin, Mac & Cheese, jumbo Asparagus and Pan-Fried Mushrooms.

Also on the menu is Lamb Loin, American Wagyu Short Ribs, Dover Sole, Sea Scallops, and Seared Salmon. I finished with a couple of luscious desserts and a large Cappuccino. For anyone coming to Las Vegas, please make a reservation here. Ken Janssen is the General Manager and Gia Silvaggio was the dining specialist. Do not miss this place.

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*Top photo: Bugsy & Meyer’s surf and turf. Photo credit: Anthony Mair

**Seafood tower photo credit: Anthony Mair