Yusho executive chef Brian Lhee is new to town and wants to make some friends. So he’s throwing a late-night, collaborative party the first Tuesday of each month, and you’re invited. For just $25, attendees get tickets for both an adult libation—including Yusho’s outrageously good, strangely earthy gin and tonic—and a plate from Lhee and his rotating guest chef, along with unlimited passed snacks while artists and a DJ work away in the background.
Last week’s event featured D.O.C.G. sous chef Gina Marinelli, who unveiled a very Italian veal raviolini swimming in a hearty beef consommé garnished with pecorino cheese. It was handily paired with a sharp scallop ceviche with kale pesto and quail egg. Lhee presented a more Asian offering with a duo of monkfish: rich ankimo (monkfish liver), garnished with La Baleine sea salt and shiso, alongside a bowl of monkfish rife with kimchi. Small plates included mini kuro (black) ramen with chicken meatballs, tuna tacos with a crispy salmon skin shell and French fries with smoky bacon lardons and dancing bonito flakes. As if that weren’t enough, two soft-serve desserts were available—apple pie with miso butterscotch and burnt marshmallow with sweet potato. Dairy Queen this is not.
Yusho After Dark Next event: January 6, 11 p.m.-2 a.m. $25, with chef David Mangual of Double Barrel Roadhouse. Monte Carlo, 702-730-6700.