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New York? Pizza. San Francisco? Dungeness crab. Mexico City? Tacos. Los Angeles? Food trucks. What better way to explore the world’s coolest cities than through the foods they are best known for? Here are Night+Day’s hotlists for the destination dishes (and one beverage) that define our favorite places.
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Best Local Food Specialties:
High Roller Dining

Las Vegas

Joel Robuchon
MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., South Strip, 702-891-7925
mgmgrand.com

The Draw: Chef Jöel Robuchon has been called the Chef of the Century, and this is his first restaurant outside France. Foodies are swooning.
The Scene: There’s no riffraff at the Mansion. The gourmands eating here are looking for bragging rights. While the space has both the elegance and grandeur of a mansion, it pleases connoisseurs with the intimacy of a small dining room, seating only 64—cozy by Vegas standards. The tasting menus offer 6 or 12 courses, but it is possible to order à la carte.
Hot Tip: Save room. Even if you’ve had desert a waiter will appear with a trolley of petit fours for sampling.

Shaboo
Aria Las Vegas, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Center Strip, 702-650-7565
arialasvegas.com

The Draw: This ultra-high-end import of New York chef Masa Takayama’s Bar Masa is an haute version of Japanese shabu-shabu (hot pot) cuisine. Expect the very best ingredients, like Omi beef, white truffles, and Petrossian caviar.
The Scene: The round tables with induction stoves in the center might suggest this is a family-style restaurant, but at a minimum of $500 a head, the crowd tends more toward high rollers and business execs with company cards. It’s not uncommon to be the evening’s only diner party.
Hot Tip: There are no choices in this 9-course omakase menu, but you can ask for accompanying sauces and condiments. For the best ramen you’ve ever had, ask for the sesame sauce.

Twist
Mandarin Oriental, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Center Strip, 702-590-8888
mandarinoriental.com

The Draw: This is three Michelin star chef Pierre Gagnaire’s first U.S. endeavor, and he doesn’t disappoint, with playfully deconstructed dishes like potato ice cream topped with osetra caviar, and a trio of Colorado lamb.
The Scene: On the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental, the 72-seat restaurant has a whimsical, twinkly feel, with its glowing glass globes and purple velvet banquettes. Expect to see plenty of bling on the clientele.
Hot Tip: Request to be seated at a table on the raised platform, which offers views of the kitchen and the Strip. Opt for the tasting menu.