L'Etoile takes its name from the French word for star, and under the painstaking direction of husband-and-wife team Marc-Jean and Trish Berruet its kitchens live up to their namesake, releasing dish after dish of French cuisine to dazzle diners with bright combinations of flavors passed down from Marc-Jean's French-chef father. Guests sample succulent steak, fresh seafood, and dulcet pastries in a restaurant space glowing with soft light from overhead chandeliers, which send warm beams of light through crystal glassware onto white tablecloths to create an atmosphere that, like a cashmere cummerbund, simultaneously exudes elegance and comfort. Guests feast eyes and bellies on the restaurant’s offerings, enjoying dishes of tender cuts of rib eye, veal, and duck, along with tasty meals of steamed mussels, crab cakes, and shrimp, every order meticulously sauced and artfully plated in the timeless style of traditional French cooking.
A newly opened addition to the Player's Club restaurant, the Bistro at Player's is a casual, French-inspired destination helmed by chef Charles Campbell. Continental cuisine accented with American flavors graces the menu, starting with an appetizer of country duck pâté served with a celery root and apple salad designed to offset the poultry’s richness ($8). Fete aquatic abundance with the shrimp provençale linguine accompanied by a savory trio of tomatoes, garlic, and olives ($18) or the sea-scallop-truffle risotto ($20) infused with enough Italian essence to make a Tuscan expatriate cry tears of marinara.
Kid's Hub stimulates restless young minds and exercises rubbery young limbs with an indoor playscape chock full of physical and creative activities. Parents and their progeny can put aside their differences in age and Law and Order preference while spending 10 afternoons clambering through an indoor playground, competing for digital supremacy in educational computer games, or creating arts and crafts masterpieces. Air hockey and foosball entertain sports fans and fans of simulacra, and reading areas beckon to burgeoning scholars. Kids with a dramatic flair can dress up in costumes and prepare for future careers as firefighters, police officers, or police-officer impersonators.
With kitchen credentials that include Boston’s Four Seasons Hotel and Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia, executive chef Brian Martin presides over Evoo Bistro’s culinary marriage of rustic Italian and modern American fare. Brian and his team craft seasonal lunch, dinner, and catering menus that highlight pastas, simply prepared meats and seafood, and sandwiches built on homemade breads. The refined, yet hearty entrees pair with wines by the glass or cups of the bistro's signature coffee, which is blended with sweet liquors. These flavorful creations arrive at white-clothed tables arranged amidst dim track lighting, pendant lamps, and domesticated glowworms that hover from the lofted ceilings.
Trail Café and Grill greets early risers and lunch-goers with a menu of classic comfort fare. Guests design their own omelets or sink fangs into an eggy mélange of sautéed spinach, bacon, and asiago cheese with the florentine omelet ($8.99). Without costly airfare and baggage fees, diners celebrate the art capital of New Mexico with a Santa Fe skillet ($9.99) or the capital of New York by snarfing a sauce-spun buffalo-chicken sandwich ($9.99) while reading a postcard from Uncle Steve in Albany. Chefs also prep and dress the café's signature Mom's meatloaf ($10.99), which steams with memories of simpler times and subtler spices.