LAS VEGAS -- If this city's taste is anything like New York's, the
MGM Grand's new Craftsteak restaurant should hit it big.
Opened last month, Craftsteak is the latest creation of Tom
Colicchio, a renowned chef and owner of three trendy New York spots
-- Gramercy Tavern, Craft restaurant and Craftbar.
The New York Times awarded Colicchio three stars on three
separate occasions: first as executive chef of the Mondrian
restaurant; then with the Gramercy Tavern, which opened in 1994;
and most recently with Craft, which opened in July 2001.
Colicchio's mantle includes Food & Wine magazine's Best New
Chefs in America award; the James Beard Award for Best Chef in New
York City; and the James Beard KitchenAid Award for his cookbook,
"Think Like a Chef."
Gramercy Tavern has been one of Zagat's most popular restaurants
in New York for several years in a row.
Having proved himself in the most competitive dining market in
the country, the restaurateur is taking his show out west and
trying his hand at running a steakhouse -- with a touch of
Colicchio said he based his Craft restaurant in New York on the
concept of "purity." Dining, he said, was moving from a "wildly
creative time ... with eight or nine ingredients on one plate," to
an emphasis on essentials.
With Craft, he moved "away from showmanship toward food that is
fine but not fancy, straightforward and elemental."
Colicchio said he plans to apply the same principles at
Craftsteak, but adapt them to the steakhouse concept.
Colicchio brought in veteran staff to fill key positions. Chris
Albrecht, the new head chef at Craftsteak, also worked as chef in
both Gramercy Tavern and Craft.
The general manager, Jason Lapin, also managed restaurants in
New York and Los Angeles, and helped to open Spago in Las
For information or reservations, call (702) 891-7318.