The Park Isn’t a Park, But It’s a Great New Restaurant Row on the Las Vegas Strip

We should probably say this right up front. The Park isn’t a park.

What is it, then? The Park is a pedestrian promenade, located between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, featuring a collection of restaurants and bars. Oh, and a giant naked woman.

Let’s get some requisite snark out of the way and we’ll dive right into this shiny new offering on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Park billboard

We can’t help it.

The Park comes from the folks at MGM Resorts, and takes advantage of some new energy and foot traffic being generated by the 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena.

While The Park doesn’t have grass or wildlife, it does have sass and nightlife. Yes, we made that up all on our own.

The Park

The entrance to The Park is unmistakable thanks to two long walls of cascading water. The stroll between the walls is not to be mist. See what we did there?

The opening of any new restaurant on The Strip is newsworthy, but an impressive four restaurants opened simultaneously at The Park. No small feat.

Here’s a quick look at The Park set to the music of one of the best bands in recorded history.

The four new restaurants at The Park are Bruxie, Beerhaus, California Pizza Kitchen and Sake Rok. (MGM Resorts includes Shake Shack on the list of restaurants at The Park, but it’s been around awhile and is really more a part of New York-New York than The Park, so we’re skipping it. We’re rebellious like that.)

Here’s a quick look at each new spot to eat, drink and potentially hook up with a complete stranger. Hey, a blog can dream.

First up, Bruxie.

Bruxie

Bruxie offers pure cane sugar sodas, but we won’t hold that against it.

Bruxie, possibly a play on Brussels—we are a blog, not a etymologist—is an offshoot of a restaurant in Orange County, California.

Bruxie

Sign up for the Bruxie loyalty club and get a $5 credit. Find out more.

The restaurant’s hook is using waffles for its sandwiches rather than bread.

You can get up all inside the Bruxie menu.

Bruxie waffle restaurant

Should we order another Bruxie sandwich or not. See, we’re waffling. These are the jokes.

Next is Beerhaus. It’s described as “a remix of the American beer hall.” Beer halls aren’t really American, but we sort of have to take credit for everything.

Beerhaus

We tried to count all the kinds of beer at Beerhaus, but our abacus melted.

This beer garden (another misnomer, as there’s no actual garden involved) has an extensive list of (wait for it) beer, as well as games like foosball, shuffleboard and ping pong. Mainly because such games are now required at any new Las Vegas venue that might want to appeal to Millennials.

Beerhaus

So many new bars, so little time.

Here’s the Beerhaus menu if you prefer actual useful information rather than our pointless rambling.

Beerhaus

Beerhaus makes it easy to grab some grub with your suds. Say that five times fast.

Next to Beerhaus is California Pizza Kitchen, a known quantity for many Las Vegas visitors.

CPK

We seem to recall reading somewhere that this is the world’s largest California Pizza Kitchen. Take that, California. And the 15 countries where there are California Pizza Kitchens.

California Pizza Kitchen, or “CPK,” as people with short attention spans refer to it, is reliably good, and the outpost at The Park ups the ante with dishes not available at other locations. We don’t exactly know which dishes, as that would involve “taking notes” or “exerting minimal effort,” which is clearly not happening anytime soon. Here’s more.

CPK Las Vegas

Yes, CPK has a bar. Perfect for when you’re flying solo. You should probably have that growth looked at, by the way.

The final stop on our virtual tour is Sake Rok.

The interior of Sake Rok is the most visually stunning of all the restaurants in The Park.

Sake Rok

Sake Rok has its own private sake label. A fact you’re 95% likely to forget immediately after your first shot of sake.

The menu has, perhaps not surprisingly, a Japanese thrust. There’s also sake at Sake Rok. This isn’t rocket science.

Sake Rok

Sake Rok is so beautiful, we’re going to let the whole “social dining” concept slide.

We’re looking forward to our next visit to Sake Rok despite this phrase in The Park’s news release, “By night, Sake Rok transforms into a high-profile social dining extravaganza, immersing guests in an experience part culinary, part performance and completely unexpected.”

Other than that, and threats of “lip-sync serenades,” we’re completely up for another outing to Sake Rok.

Sake Rok Godzilla

We’re pretty sure Sake Rok can’t say this is Godzilla, so we’ll just go with “a fire-breathing reptile of indeterminate origin that looks a metric hell-ton like Godzilla.”

One of the best aspects of Sake Rok is an upstairs patio area, overlooking The Park and the new Park Theater at Monte Carlo.

Sake Rok

The view from Sake Rok’s patio is already a stunner, and the theater isn’t even done yet.

Pretty much all of the new restaurants at The Park have an outdoor patio, space which is lovely for the three months of the year in Las Vegas with temperate weather.

One of the most appealing parts of The Park is what it doesn’t have, specifically, shopping.

Early plans for The Park promenade had a significant retail component, but that was before MGM Resorts decided it would expand the Monte Carlo theater in preparation for a rebrand of the hotel.

The Park

Your view as you exit the New York-New York parking lot via some sweet new escalators.

That change of course meant the retail aspect of The Park was given the boot, making the area nearly retail-free, a refreshing change from recent trends in Las Vegas.

In case you’re still having trouble picturing what’s where at The Park, we did a walk-through of the entire promenade. Take a look if you find yourself with far, far too much free time.

A distinctive element of The Park is the towering Bliss Dance statue seen at the end of that video. The 40-foot-tall sculpture was created by Marco Cochrane and is lit by about 3,000 colored LED lights.

Bliss Dance

The newest must-have selfie on the Las Vegas Strip, Bliss Dance.

Bliss Dance is intended to convey female empowerment and strength. To most casual observers, however, the sculpture conveys booty.

Bliss Dance

She’s even beautiful in the daylight.

Also dotting The Park are massive, trumpet-shaped shade structures.

The 16 structures range in height from 55 feet to 75 feet tall, and are illuminated once the sun sets.

The Park shade structures

The Park’s shade structures were made by a ship building company and took 32,000 man hours to construct. Sorry, “person hours.” Oh, who are we kidding? They were mostly dudes.

Overall, The Park has something for everyone, and serves as a convenient place to meet friends, dine and drink. Especially that drinking thing.

The prices throughout The Park are what you’d expect on The Strip. Elevated, but not outrageous.

The Park

Jokes aside, the attention to detail at The Park is remarkable. Approximately a bajillion small tiles line the promenade, and all were laid by hand.

For the most part, restaurants open mid-morning and close around midnight weekdays and at 2:00 a.m. or so on weekends. The hours are different at each venue, though, so check the official Web site for details.

And make sure to check out the schedule of entertainment and special events at The Park.

While The Park restaurant district isn’t a park, per se, it’s well worth a visit and offers up a fun, diverse new addition to the Las Vegas Strip.

We took a bunch of photos of The Park, so pace yourself. Let us know what you think of The Park.

The Park Las Vegas

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  • narsfweasels

    Looks gorgeous, I shall be sure to stop by! However – are they charging one of those concession fee things that we don’t like?

    • Nope. They’d be off my list if they were. “)

      • narsfweasels

        Ah, excellent!

  • Bouldersteve

    Thanks for the great pictures and walk thru video. But to be honest it looks kind of boring. Restaurants that’s it..no entertainment. None of the restaurants appeal to me much..same stuff that’s available elsewhere.I will check it out when I go to the Arena but not going to make

    • Alex

      The Arena and new theater will certainly provide entertainment options. But, if you click the last link in the story to visit the official website, you can see small-scale stuff that’s going on. This week, it looks like they have some artists, salsa dancers, and some sort of odd painting class. The description:

      “Palette Serenade – Paint one of four Las Vegas themed paintings while enjoying fresh spring air and beautiful Strip views. The event is open to the public and no reservations are required.”

      • Bouldersteve

        Thanks I’ll check out the website

      • Great point!

      • Added the link to that page in the story, thank you.

    • There are things going on outside occasionally. Haven’t had a chance to catch that yet.

  • DSchwartz99lv

    Hey Scott, today’s my Bday today, so I just joined Disqus today! I’ve been following your vital blog since the SLS. I’ve been amazed by all that has happened since. Thank you for all of your stories and let’s raise a glass to more good ones (especially with Captain Morgan, duh)!

    About the park, you’re pretty much correct. I’ve been to Bruxie twice and have been amazed with the food. I’m Hopeful to try the other places too.

  • Jefe

    The ball & chain and I took a stroll through here the last time we were in town. We were very impressed with the area. It was quite beautiful.

  • Jonesy55

    Looking forward to checking this out. May as well check out TopGolf while I’m down at that end. Should take up most of one day.

    • Wolfdog

      Where exactly is TopGolf? I’m there.

      • Jonesy55

        MGM Grand

      • Right behind MGM Grand, to ye easte.

  • Photoncounter

    I stopped last week and walked through. Obviously they spent quite a bit of money there and it is a nice place to relax. I’m not impressed with public art and didn’t get the trumpets. The lady sculpture, lit up at night, well, looked like a 40 foot blue lady…. Hmmm… I guess that’s art?

    The Beerhaus had beer. Not an expansive menu but a decent offering at inflated prices just like everywhere else on the strip. One and done for me.

    So, if you intend to patronize the arena (not me) or the nearby MGM properties (not me) this is a nice place. It is a drastic improvement over the dusty, dirty parking lot that used to be between NYNY and MC. This just isn’t something that impressed me enough to want to make a special trip to return there.

    I’m sure many others will enjoy it, however.

  • FYMYAWF

    I was there last week. Seems like very much a work in progress.

    There was a LOT of construction going on, still, all up and down the place. I’ll echo other commenters that 4 joints does not a promenade make, and I’m eager to see what else fills in to really make it a destination like the Linq.

    I went to Beer Haus…meh. Decent beer menu but there’s no…THERE there yet. Maybe just too new for my taste. We’ll see how it shakes out.

    Scott I was wondering, both the new Still at Mirage and Beer Haus are basically serve yourself food-wise, i.e you go up to a kiosk, buy your food then get notified when it’s done to take it back to your table.

    Do you think this is part of a trend to get rid of food servers in town? I know it’s not widespread yet, but I personally like the aspect of Vegas where you get excellent service and don’t have to worry about leaving your table to serve yourself.

    • I don’t think that’s a trend, overall. At The Still, you do have to order at the counter, but the food is delivered from the kitchen, so I don’t think they’re eliminating any personnel costs, etc. Wouldn’t be surprised if it cropped up more, though.

  • Todd Sterling

    So is there going to be a gang of street performers every five feet in the “The Park” like Freemont St? The link only seems to have this problem at the entrance, but I’m sure that is due to the public sidewalk. I’m going out in August so if I have the time or energy to make it that far down the strip I will check it out.

    • Well, like Linq, it’s private property, they can decide who performs and can kick out anyone they don’t like. That’s why entrances are the choke point, as those are public. So, at The Park, the problem should be minimal.