Gimme Some Sugar bakes and shapes couture pastries from scratch, which sparkle with edgy designs and finite detailing. The marquee of flavors flickers with star confections such as sexy red velvet, bouncy chocolate, and luscious lemon, with each taste able to act as the leading role in a single-tier cake, cakelet, or wedding blooper-reel of your choosing (starting at $50).
Grape leaves, chickpeas, and pine nuts flavor Garden Cafe’s classic dishes, honoring the rich array of ingredients yielded by the fertile soil and salty waters of the Mediterranean. The eatery’s marinated fava beans and hummus pave the way for main acts, such as sizzling beef and chicken kebabs or chicken shawarma. The cooks also combine fresh ingredients for a handful of sandwiches, loading bread with falafels, beef gyros, and even philly steaks, which justify their presence by telling everyone they studied abroad in Greece.
With its scratched wood floors and crumbling brick walls, it's hard to believe that Vinyl is the Hard Rock Hotel's newest entertainment venue. But the raggedness is by design—an aesthetic that keeps the space comfortably grimy within the hotel's otherwise opulent walls. Standing-room only means audiences are never far from the action, whether it's burlesque, sneering punk, or slightly off-rhythm foxtrot.
Owner and cake designer Lacia McKee draws on more than 25 years of baking experience to craft gourmet treats and custom pastries inspired by the glamour of Las Vegas, earning her a featured spot on TLC's Fabulous Cakes and the privilege of designing cakes for celebrities such as David Hasselhoff, Gary Busey, and 50 Cent. Like misguided playground bullies, one dozen cupcakes crowd in side by side, teasing tongues with flavors such as red velvet and chocolate decadence, topped with fluffy frostings including vanilla buttercream.