If you follow me on my social platforms (especially Snapchat … @susieoz), you’ll know that I’ve been spending some time in Las Vegas for work. One evening I was able to try out STK at the Cosmopolitan. Eddie and Angelee, the dynamic duo behind His + Her went along with me to the Chef’s Menu–a smattering of their best dishes–the night before we skipped town. The NYC transplant offers a decidedly sexy steakhouse feel.
We were greeted by our very friendly server and started with a few drinks to ease into the night. I was told that the Strawberry Cobbler Martini (Belvedere, strawberry, graham cracker crust) is their most popular drink … which was delicious, but a bit sweet for a dinner drink, so save this one for dessert. Later on I tried the … Not Your Daddy’s Manhattan (Bulleit Bourbon, Fernet Branca, Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth). It was much more my speed and the Fernet was a surprisingly perfect addition to the traditional manhattan.
(Bear with me through the pictures … the lighting is quite low in there and I didn’t have my camera. ?)
Our waiter began our tasting with a Caesar Salad, Tuna Tartare, a plate of large shrimp, and a cluster of their bleu cheese pull-apart bread. The pull-apart bread was nearly irresistible. They serve it with a cilantro oil that was unreal … Angelee and I all but licked the ramekin it came in. (Also, since I’m allergic to bleu cheese, they kindly served one portion without the glaze. So kind!) I usually don’t mess with salads … who wants to waste the space? But this one was worth a few bites … especially the housemade croutons. The Tuna Tartare, served with perfectly crispy taro chips, was fresh, tender, and had a soy honey sauce with it that was to die. I’d definitely recommend ordering this!
Being a steakhouse, STK obviously had a bomb steak–nice and tender … so tender that we could cut it with our butter knives. (If I were ordering it for myself, I’d have ordered it medium instead of medium well, but to each her own.) The Seared Big Eye Tuna (served with wasabi potato, maitake mushrooms, and sweet miso jus) was seared to perfection and nearly fell apart. We nearly had to flip a coin to decide who got the last piece … and you better believe that the sweet miso sauce was sopped up … and some bread may have been dipped in it, too. I personally enjoyed the Free Range Chicken (served with polenta fries, smoked tomato whiskey, and green beans) the most because I couldn’t get enough of the green beans. They had a simple soy-based sauce that made them like crack to me.
For me, dessert after steak is completely unnecessary–I’ve had my awesome meal and don’t need something else to fill me up even more. However, if you go to STK and don’t order the STK Donuts (sweet potato donuts, maple glaze, candied pecans), then you’re doing it wrong. These things were little pillows of goodness and I stared the discomfort of a full belly right in the face, defied it, and ate two.
Make sure to make a reservation if you plan to visit STK on your next visit to Vegas … if for anything, for their take on the Manhattan and those GD green beans.