New York Import: Old Homestead Steakhouse
March 05, 2012 | by —courtney seard | Food & Drink News
Caesars Palace’s dining makeover continues with the arrival of New York City’s renowned Old Homestead Steakhouse, one of the longest-running restaurants in America. “This is the fusion of two iconic institutions,” says Greg Sherry, co-owner with brother Marc. “We plan to raise the bar to unprecedented heights in Las Vegas with our grilled-to- perfection, prime-aged steaks and a dining experience that far exceeds the expectations of Caesars Palace guests.”
The Sherry brothers have maintained a hands-on approach since taking ownership in 1964. “My brother and I are in the kitchen watching everything that goes out,” Marc says. “We buy the finest meat that money can buy and make sure that each customer is taken care of.” The design of the 6,000-square-foot carnivore’s mecca pays homage to the original location in New York’s Meatpacking District and includes 250 seats with a full dining room, private dining room, lounge, and bar. The menu features about 80 percent of the selections served in New York, but there are Vegas exclusives such as a porterhouse for four. (“Everything is bigger in Vegas,” Greg says.) Signature dishes include the Lollipop rib eye served on a dinosaur bone, Colossal Crab Cake, a 32-ounce Gotham Rib Eye steak, and a chocolate chip cookie baked in a cast-iron skillet. The most popular items, however, are the classics: filet mignon and New York strip steak.
Kick off an Old Homestead evening with a cocktail from bartending guru Eddie Perales. Specialties include the Hemingway with rum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and maraschino cherry juice served in a chilled glass with a sugared rim, and the Negroni consisting of equal parts of gin, sweet vermouth, and campari garnished with an orange peel.
Wine drinkers can choose from an inventory of 15,000 bottles—more, thanks to a helping hand from Caesars. “If you don’t see it on the menu,” Marc says, “just ask and we’ll find it for you.” Attention to detail, as well as great food and drink, should make Old Homestead a welcome addition to Vegas’s dining scene. Caesars Palace, 877-346-4642; theoldhomesteadsteakhouse.com
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRISTOPHER DEVARGAS