Sharing Plates at Red Square
by emma trotter
Hit up the bar at the renewed Red Square for handcrafted cocktails by mixologist Michael Monrreal.
Chef Brian Massie
The red-lit Red Square, famed for its vodka ice locker room (slip into one of its four new faux fur coats to take a peek) has received an ultra-hip food and booze face-lift by the Light Group. Brian Massie, the Light Group’s corporate executive chef, says that Red Square, which reopened December 10, is transitioning from the heavier Russian dishes of yore to shared plates and classic entrées. “People want to go to a venue and try multiple things and not have to break the bank to do it,” he says. Red Square’s beloved caviar selection has expanded and maintained its caviar happy hour deal. “There’s a great à la carte steak menu, fun sides, and really good bar food with everything from caviar and buffalo chicken lettuce wraps to smoked salmon caviar pizza. We also have created the Greatest Hits: crab cakes, tuna tartare, and hibachi skewers.” Red Square is one of three Mandalay Bay restaurants transformed by the company, and is located next door to Light, the nightclub that opens in March in the old Rumjungle space, making it an ideal pre-party destination. (Hit up its 24-hour sister restaurant, Citizens, after the club.) On Valentine’s Day, try a fun flight of rare vodka. “Then tuck away into a corner,” he says, “where no one will see you.” Mandalay Bay, 702-693-8300
photography courtesy of plaza hotel and casino (oscar’s)